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Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel: Meaning, Mystery, Community

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Craig Koester's respected study uses the symbolic language of the Gospel of John as a focus to explore "the Gospel's literary dimensions, social and historical context, and theological import." This edition is fully revised and updated and includes a number of new sections on such topics as Judas and the knowledge of God. Fresh treatments are given on a number of issues, i ...more
Paperback, 347 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing (first published April 30th 1995)
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Barry
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Though not always the easiest to read on account of the academic style of writing, Mr. Koester has done a fine bit of scholarly research into the various symbols in the Gospel of John. This is more or less an academic thesis that was turned into a book, so the amount of research that went into it is hefty. Additionally, the insights Mr. Koester sheds into symbolism is top notch. He stays conservative in his analyses (as in, he doesn't stretch to turn everything into a symbol) but also gives othe ...more
Mikayla Garren
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A class I had taken in college used this as the text book, but I wanted to read it again years later so I could really dive in without worrying about other assignments. There are definitely some good theories and thought provoking sections, but around halfway through I felt like I was reading things I had already read in the first half.

If you really want to dive into the book of John and are interested in every theory you can find, go ahead and read this book. However, if that doesn’t interest
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Ben
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a lot more going on in the Gospel of John symbolically than I had previously been aware of! ...more
Joshua
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the second work I have had an opportunity to peruse by this author and I am getting a great sense on his style and content. "The Word of Life" was a great book but I think that as valuable as it was this one was perhaps an even more profound and intriguing read.

As with the first book I read I can say that he reads easy and while it is deep it is not technical. This book on symbolism is so rich and vibrant. There were so many associations that he was able to make with the Old Testament th
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Justin
Jun 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
The concept seems pretty academic, but Koester's writing is very accessible and interesting. I flew through the book, yet still stopped quite a bit to take notes. It was a great book for looking at deeper meanings behind the text. ...more
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Craig R. Koester is Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor and Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Chair of New Testament at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.

Ph.D. (Union Theological Seminary)
Ordained (ELCA)
M.Div. (Luther Theological Seminary)
Biography
Craig Koester received a B.A. from Saint Olaf College, an M.Div. from Luther Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York
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