Speaking of Jesus

Essays on Biblical Language, Gospel Narrative and the Historical Jesus


This volume presents a selection of essays by the late Willem Vorster, one of the most prominent New Testament scholars to have emerged from South Africa. An introductory essay by the editor explains Vorster's contribution to New Testament scholarship in general and to South African New Testament scholarship in particular. Vorster's essays are grouped primarily under the topics "Language and Linguistics", "Reader Response", "Narratology", "Historical Paradigms" and "The Historical Jesus". In addition to his work on method, Vorster was a well-known Markan scholar, and this is reflected in the fact that more than half of his methodological essays are concerned with that Gospel. The book includes a curriculum vitae, a full bibliography and indexes.
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Biographical Note

Willem S. Vorster was considered one of the eminent New Testament scholars in South Africa. He was Executive Director of the Research Institute for Theology and Religion at UNISA, Pretoria until his untimely death at age 51 in 1994.
J. Eugene Botha, D.Th. (1990) in New Testament Studies, University of South Africa, is Professor of New Testament at the University of South Africa. He has published on literary aspects and the Gospel of John, social scientific criticism and the New Testament, and contextual hermeneutics. Jesus and the Samaritan Woman: A Speech Act Reading of John 4 (Brill, 1991).

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' ...a good initiative to bring together into one volume so many of Willem Vorster's studies.'
J. Verheyden, Ephemerides Theological Lovanienses, 2001.
...a worthy selection…an informative overview...
Stanley E. Porter, Journal of Theological Studies, 2001.


All biblical scholars and those interested in literary and narrative analyses of Biblical texts, the Synoptic Gospels and aspects of the Historical Jesus.

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