The function of APORIAE in John 21 : a media-rhetorical analysis

Quimpo, Stephen Gabriel (2021-03-03)

Thesis (MTh)--Stellenbosch University, 2021.

Thesis

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: There has been an ongoing debate in contemporary studies over the literary disunity and narrative unity in the Gospel of John. Some scholars have used literary aporiae, or seams in the text, to posit a composition history or community history that can be reconstructed from the final text by working backwards through these aporiae. Other scholars have noted that there is narrative unity in John, but debate whether this exists uniformly throughout the book, or only in chapters 1-20, leaving chapter 21 as a text reflecting a later composition history or community history. The approach taken in this study attempted to use a media-rhetorical approach that takes into account the media texture of the text when dealing with literary aporiae. As such, this study looks at the media culture of the time in which John 21 was composed and distances itself from a particular Johannine community history. The study therefore argues that John 21 was composed after John 1-20, reflecting a media culture at the end of the first century CE.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Daar is deurlopende debat in kontemporêre studies gevoer oor die literêre verdeeldheid en narratiewe eenheid in die Evangelie van Johannes. Sommige skoliere het gebruik gemaak van literêre aporiae, of nate in die teks, om ǹ samestellingsgeskiedenis of gemeenskapsgeskeidenis te positeer was gerekonstrueer kan word deur agteruit te werk deur hierdie aporiae. Ander skoliere het opgemerk dat daar narratiewe eenheid is, maar bespreek of dit eenvormig in die boek bestaan, of slegs in hoofstukke 1-20, met hoofstuk 21 te laat as ǹ teks was ǹ latere samestellingsgeskiedenis of gemeenskapsgeskeidenis weerspieël. Die benadering wat in hierdie studie gevolg is poog om aan te toon dat ǹ media-rhetoriese perspektief die media-tekstuur van die teks in ag neem wanneer dit met literêre aporiae handel. As sonadig, kyk hierdie studie na die mediakultuur van die tyd waarin Johannes 21 saamgestel is en distansieer dit hom van ǹ bepaalde Johannine-gemeenskapsgeskeidenis. Die studie voer dus aan dat Johannes 21 na Johannes 1-20 gekomponeer is, wat ǹ mediakultuur aan die einde van die eerste eeu GJ weerspieël.

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