John the Baptist in the Gospel Tradition by Walter Wink - PDF and EPUB eBook

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Why is John the Baptist accorded such an important role in the Gospel tradition? Dr Wink examines the treatment of John in the...

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Exact title of the book
John the Baptist in the Gospel Tradition
Book author
Walter Wink
Book edition
Paperback
Number of pages
144 pages
Language
English
Published
November 2nd 2006 by Cambridge University Press
File size (in PDF)
576 kB
John the Baptist in the Gospel Tradition

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Why is John the Baptist accorded such an important role in the Gospel tradition? Dr Wink examines the treatment of John in the Gospels, Acts and the Q source to establish why the evangelists were so preoccupied with him, and how the early Church absorbed John into the Gospel message to put an end to competition between John's disciples and those of Jesus: he suggests that the early Church had an additional purpose: to use the image of John to personify and reinforce its own proselytizing functions. The historical facts were clearly modified by the Church during this process of absorption: Dr Wink shows that this was done in order to preserve the actual historical impact of John upon the Church.