Family of the King

Dynamics of Metaphor in the Gospel According to John

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Nearly all metaphors in the Gospel according to John relate to ancient family imagery. Thus, the disciples are born of the Father; the Father provides them with bread and drink (water); He educates them and protects them and a dwelling is prepared for them, and so on. This family imagery, which is interwoven throughout the Gospel in a complex network, provides a key to the understanding of the message of the Fourth Gospel.
In this volume, after exploring numerous state-of-the-art theories on metaphor, a customised metaphor theory is developed from the Fourth Gospel itself, which can be applied to the analysis of the Gospel as a whole. The theory is based on two of the best-known metaphors in the Fourth Gospel: I am the Good Shepherd, and I am the True Vine. Subsequently, all other metaphors are analysed according to this theory.

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Jan G. van der Watt, D.D. (1986), D.Litt. (1999), is Head of the Department of New Testament, at the University of Pretoria. Currently, he is co-chairperson of the Johannine Seminar of the SNTS. He has published extensively in the field of New Testament studies, authoring 18 books, including a translation of the New Testament into Afrikaans.
All those interested in the theory of literature; the theory of metaphor; New Testament studies in general; studies in the Gospel of John, including Johannine theology; family life in the ancient Mediterranean milieu and the exegesis of New Testament texts.
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