The Origins of John’s Gospel


The essays in The Origins of John’s Gospel, gathered by Stanley E. Porter and Hughson T. Ong, either survey or discuss in detail various areas and topics in Johannine scholarship, especially in the study of John’s Gospel. These include the authorship and dating, sources, and traditions of John’s Gospel, its structure and composition, the Johannine community, and Johannine anti-Judaism and the Son of Man sayings. Collectively, these essays offer important contributions to various areas and topics of research relating to the origins of John’s Gospel.

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Stanley E. Porter, Ph.D. (1988), University of Sheffield, is President, Dean and Professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, ON, Canada. He is author of more than 27 books in various research areas in New Testament studies.

Hughson T. Ong, Ph.D. (2015), McMaster Divinity College, is Lecturer in New Testament and Assistant Managing Editor of McMaster Divinity College Press at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, ON, Canada. He has published numerous articles and essays on various New Testament topics.

"The selected authors and their contributions do not represent a specific “school of thought” or even a unanimous trajectory of interpretation. This conscious choice of the editors is one of the strengths of the volume. The richness of approaches delivers very individual assessments, such as innovative arguments, new evidence, fresh methodological tools. Yet the editors still manage to hold all twelve voices in the same choir by thoughtfully organizing the book."
Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski, King’s College London, Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies 2

"This is a helpful book that brings together a number of foundational questions for studying John."
Mary L. Coloe, PBVM, University of Divinity, The Catholical Biblical Quarterly 79, 2017
Stanley E. Porter and Hughson T. Ong, The Origins of John’s Gospel: An Introduction

Dating, Sources, and Traditions of John’s Gospel

Stanley E. Porter, The Date of John’s Gospel and Its Origins

Ilaria Ramelli, John the Evangelist’s Work: An Overlooked Redaktionsgeschichtliche Theory from the Patristic Age

Michael Labahn, “Secondary Orality” in the Gospel of John: A “Post-Gutenberg” Paradigm for Understanding the Relationship between Written Gospel Texts, Michael Labahn

Craig L. Blomberg, The Sayings of Jesus in Mark: Does Mark Ever Rely on a Pre-Johannine Tradition?

The Johannine Community

Hughson T. Ong, The Gospel from a Specific Community but for All Christians: Understanding the Johannine Community as a “Community of Practice”

Marc-André Argentino and Guy Bonneau, The Function of Social Conflict in the Gospel of John

Ruth Sheridan, Johannine Sectarianism: A Category Now Defunct?

Structure, Composition, and Authorship of John’s Gospel

Paul N. Anderson, On “Seamless Robes” and “Leftover Fragments”—A Theory of Johannine Composition

David I. Yoon, The Question of Aporiai or Cohesion in the Fourth Gospel: A Response to Urban C. von Wahlde

Lorne Zelyck, Irenaeus and the Authorship of the Fourth Gospel, Johannine Anti-Judaism and the Son of Man Sayings

Jonathan Numada, The Repetition of History? A Select Survey of Scholarly Understandings of Johannine Anti-Judaism from Baur until the End of the Weimar Republic

Panayotis Coutsoumpos, The Origin of the Johannine “Son of Man” Sayings

All interested in Johannine scholarship, John’s Gospel, the origins of the Gospels and John’s Gospel, and Gospel studies, including anyone interested in new methodological tools in Gospel and Johannine research.