Mapping Metaphorical Discourse in the Fourth Gospel

John’s Eternal King


In Mapping Metaphorical Discourse in the Fourth Gospel, Beth M. Stovell examines the
metaphor of Jesus as king throughout the Fourth Gospel using an interdisciplinary metaphor theory incorporating
cognitive and systemic functional linguistic approaches with literary approaches. Stovell argues that the theme of
Jesus as king provides one of the unifying themes of John’s overall message. Examining the place of the Old
Testament metaphors of Messiah, “eternal life/life of the age,” shepherd, and exaltation in the conceptual
metaphorical network of John’s Gospel, Stovell asserts that John’s Gospel describes the just character of Jesus’
kingship, the subversion of power implicit in his crucified form of kingship, and the necessity of response to Jesus as
king and his reign.
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Biographical Note

Beth M. Stovell, Ph.D. (2012, McMaster Divinity College) is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida. She co-edited Biblical Hermeneutics: Five Views (InterVarsity, 2012) and is currently writing Minor Prophets I (Zondervan, 2015).

Table of contents

Waterskiing across Metaphor’s Surface: a Linguistic and Literary Metaphor Theory
- Metaphor Theory: A Brief History, Definition of Terms, and a New Proposal
- Linguistics
- Literary Theory
- Steps for the Model
God Is King: Metaphors of Kingship in The Hebrew Bible
- Past Scholarship
- Kingship in the Hebrew Bible
- Conclusions
The Anointed King: Messiah and Kingship in John 1
- Assessing the Conceptual Domains of King and Prophet
- Discourse Analysis of John 1
- Metaphorical Blending Analysis: Messiah and Its Related Metaphors in John 1
- “Messiah” in John 11 and John 20
- Conclusion: Rhetorical and Theological Purpose of the Use of
The Eternal King: Metaphors of Eternal Life and Kingship in John 3
- Past Scholarship of John 3
- Discourse Analysis of John 3:1-21
- Metaphorical Blending Analysis: The Eternal King in John 3:1-21 211
- Rhetorical and Theological Implications of the Eternal King
The Shepherd King: Metaphors of Pastoralism and Kingship in John 9-10
- Past Scholarship of John 9-10
- Discourse Analysis of John 9-10
- Metaphorical Blending Analysis: Light of the World and Shepherd-King in John 9–10
- Rhetorical and Theological Implications of the Shepherd King
Blessed Be the King of Israel: the Triumphal Entry and Kingship in John 12
- Discourse Analysis of John 12
- Metaphorical Blending Analysis: Kingship and Contested Authority in John 12
- Rhetorical and Theological Implications of Jesus’ Kingship in John 12
The Crucified and Exalted King: Contested Kingship in John 18–19
Who Is this King of Glory?: Implications of Kingship Metaphors in John’s Gospel
Further Research Based on This Study


All interested in metaphor theory, linguistics, John’s Gospel, the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, and the impact of biblical metaphor on biblical rhetoric and theology.

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