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Pleasant places in the gospel according to John: A classical motif as introit to theological awareness

King, Fergus J. (2017) Pleasant places in the gospel according to John: A classical motif as introit to theological awareness. Pacifica, 30 (1). pp. 3-19. ISSN 1839-2598

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Abstract

This piece notes that the locus amoenus motif, common in both Graeco-Roman literature and art, may have provided a literary entry point through which non-Judaic readers might have apprehended sections of the gospel according to John. An outline of the trope is followed by an exposition of passages which might be interpreted through this lens. The study reveals that use of the motif would provide an introit, but that many further layers of meaning were present to those who read the text from a Judaic background. This holds good for explorations of place in Samaria, the Temple and Galilee. In one important respect, the gospel shifts the way in which the motif works – by presenting Jesus as the focus and shaper of the desirable place, rather than the place itself simply as a metaphor or symbol of desirable elements.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Christology, gospel of John, locus amoenus, symbolism, Temple
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 04:23
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2017 04:22
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3015

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