Item description for Reading John in Ephesus (Novum Testamentum , Suppl. 83) by Sjef Van Tilborg & Sjef Van Tilborg...
This study describes the embedding of the Gospel of John in the city life of Ephesus. It uses the epigraphical and historical materials of first-century Ephesus as the point of reference for a reading of John. The study is a specific demonstration of the linguistic supposition that the use of the same (combination of) words in different co-texts evokes semantic similarities and dissimilarities which influence the process of giving meaning to a text. Reading John against the background of Ephesus influences its impact. Five topics have been selected: the use of names; the use of the titles for the emperors and Artemis in relation to the titles used for Jesus; the social city life; the group formations; and the function of the high priests in relation to the imperial cult.
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Sjef van Tilborg, Th.D. (1972) in Biblical Studies, University of Nijmegen, is Lecturer in the Department of Literary-Historical Theology at the same university. He has published on subjects of literary theory, on the Synoptics and on John. Patrick J.E. Chatelion Counet, Ph.D. (1995) in Theology, University of Nijmegen, is Lecturer of the New Testament at the same university. He has published several books and articles on the Gospel of John and the letters of Paul from a deconstructive point of view.