--- Bill Bullin wrote:
> (1) Can we really do justice to an engagement with the Johannine
> literature purely 'scientifically' and 'positivistically' whilst
> ignoring our historical context and the Johannine historical
> context ...
Seems to me, Bill, that there's various types of "engagement" with
textual material. The particular type of engagement that we're ...
um ... engaged in here, is of course a scholarly and intellectual
one - which means (in answer to your question) that for our purposes
the Johannine historical context is highly relevant, but our own
historical context mostly not (in the way I think you meant that).
Our own context is in the background, of course - no getting around
that - and our commentary is inevitably self-interested, but we're
not here to trade life experiences, interesting as they may be.
If one feels that a scholarly engagement with these texts is too
limited, it's easy enough to find alternative venues where other
kinds of engagement are welcomed.
Mt. Clemens, MI