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C.H. Dodd se verstaansraamwerk vir die Johannes-evangelie: ’n Evaluasie

Jan G. van der Watt
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 1 | a1341 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.1341 | © 2013 Jan G. van der Watt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 October 2012 | Published: 26 August 2013

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Jan G. van der Watt, Source Texts of Judaism and Christianity, Radboud University, the Netherlands; Research Unit for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa, South Africa


C.H. Dodd’s framework for understanding the Gospel according to John: An evaluation. During the previous century Dodd was one of the most significant and influential interpreters of the Gospel of John. His views on the symbolic nature of the Gospel formed the basis of his hermeneutical program for understanding the Gospel. He understood the Johannine symbols in the light of what he regarded as the relevant background material. Theologically he interprets the symbols within a Platonic-like structure, arguing that the symbols in John function as hermeneutical bridges between the background material and the theological formation of the Gospel of John. In subsequent literary studies this approach was and still is questioned.


C.H. Dodd; Gospel of John; symbolism


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