A new book...
...by fellow blogger Peter Phillips coming out soon in the JSNTSup series. It's on John's Prologue with lots of literary theory too. And it's called, The Prologue of the Fourth Gospel: A Sequential Reading.
Phillips undertakes a sequential reading of the "Prologue of John's Gospel". By using the reading strategies of Iser, Emmott, and Eco, the book establishes a reading strategy termed sequential disclosure, which is then applied to the text. In order to arrive at the reading, preliminary chapters focus both on historical interpretation of the "Prologue", in terms of reader response and on the role of the author, the use of persuasion, and the development of irony. Special focus is given to the role of the dramatic prologue, as well as the interaction between rhetoric, irony, and community. As such, the book discusses the role of the reading process in developing a specific community language. The book focuses on the didactic role of the "Prologue" in teaching readers this language, and so including them into the Johannine community. The reading of the "Prologue" highlights the key aspects of the reading process: ambiguity and disambiguation; resemanticization; antilanguage; community development; and intertextuality. A sequential reading of the "Prologue" highlights the didactic and evangelistic role of this text.
I was once told by one of my favourite NT people that I would one day grow up and study John's gospel. While I think I may remain all Cliff Richard (IMPORTANT: only in the not growing up sense), I don't ignore it.