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John and Judaism: A Contested Relationship in Context
R. Alan Culpepper, Paul N. Anderson, editors
RBS 87
Publication Date
October 2017


A window into early Judaism and Christianity

The Gospel of John was written during the period of the emergence of Christianity and its separation from Judaism and bears witness to their contested relationship. This volume contains eighteen cutting-edge essays written by an international group of scholars who interpret for students and general readers what the book tells us about first-century Judaism, the separation of the church from Judaism, and how John's anti-Jewish references are being interpreted today.


  • A debate over the process that led to the separation of the church from Judaism, and John's place in that process
  • A review of recent interpretations of John's anti-Jewish references
  • An assessment of the current status of Jewish Christian relations

R. Alan Culpepper is Dean and Professor of New Testament Emeritus at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University and Extraordinary Professor of Religion, North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa. His publications include The Johannine School (2008), Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel (1983), John the Son of Zebedee: The Life of a Legend (1994), The Gospel according to Luke in The New Interpreter's Bible (1995), The Gospel and Letters of John (1998), Mark in the Smyth and Helwys Bible Commentaries (2007), and numerous journal articles and edited volumes, including Communities in Dispute: Current Scholarship on the Johannine Epistles (2014).

Paul N. Anderson is Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies at George Fox University and as Extraordinary Professor of Religion at the North-West University of Potchefstroom in South Africa. He is a founding member of the John, Jesus, and History Project and has co-edited five of its volumes. His books include The Christology of the Fourth Gospel (1996, 1997, 2010), The Fourth Gospel and the Quest for Jesus (2006, 2007), The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel (2011), Following Jesus: The Heart of Faith and Practice (2013), and From Crisis to Christ: A Contextual Introduction to the New Testament (2014).

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