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Stellenbosch Theological Journal

On-line version ISSN 2413-9467
Print version ISSN 2413-9459

Abstract

RAHMSDORF, Olivia Luisa. Speaking from above and below -The Gospel of John as metaphorical and narrative reference to a distant reality. STJ [online]. 2018, vol.4, n.2, pp.135-149. ISSN 2413-9467.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17570/stj.2018.v4n2.a07.

The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks from the earth (Jn 3:31). How can one speak from the earth and at the same time about heavenly things? The Fourth Gospel (FG) creates a tension between these two realms of perception and cognition. To reach beyond or above the earth we have to transcend time and space, our individual context and limited visual horizon. To overcome the obstacle of confined space we can rely on metaphors since their key faculty is to transport (μεταφέρω). To transcend the limitations of time we can recruit the genre of narration. These two modes of references to a reality that is located and dated beyond our realms are at work in the FG. With Ricoeur's theoretical assistance, these features of the FG are highlighted as the prerequisite for its synthesis of the heterogeneous: above and below, light and darkness, spirit and flesh.

Keywords : Gospel of John; Space and Time; Above and Below; Paul Ricoeur; Metaphors and Narratives.

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