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Re: [John_Lit] Woman as Fourth Evangelist: Bibliography?

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  • Lou Heron
    Regarding Jeffery Hodges request for a ready bibliography of articles/books/websites on the issue of a woman, possibly Mary Magdalene, as author of fourth
    Message 1 of 31 , Mar 11, 2002
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      Regarding Jeffery Hodges' request for a ready
      bibliography of articles/books/websites on the issue
      of a woman, possibly Mary Magdalene, as author of
      fourth gospel, if memory serves, the following may be
      useful in this regard:

      Schneiders, Sandra M., Written That You May Believe;
      Encountering Jesus in the Fourth Gospel. New York:
      Crossroad, 1999.
      Yours in Christ,
      Lou

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    • Bill Bullin
      Apparently a shard of pottery from 900BCE bearing the inscription ALWAT and WLT, likely Philistine equivalents of Goliath , have come to light approx. 2
      Message 31 of 31 , Nov 14, 2005
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        Apparently a shard of pottery from 900BCE bearing the inscription ALWAT and
        WLT, likely Philistine equivalents of 'Goliath', have come to light approx.
        2 metres underground at Tell es Shafi (the site of Gath) - the biblical
        Goliath's home town, according to Aren Maeir, Archaeological Head at
        Bar-Ilan University, nr, Tel Aviv, according to Reuters. However the finds
        are evaluated and no doubt they will give rise to lively dispute, they lead
        neatly into a potential alternative approach to the concept of Paraclete.

        The concept of coming alongside is inevitably linked to that of legal
        advocacy but a saviour, like the boy David, coming alongside a dejected
        people as a champion and saviour might easily give rise to both hope and
        comfort. Luke~Acts refers to Messianic expectations in terms of Hope, 'the
        hope of Israel' (Luke 24:21; Acts 28:20). That the Hope of Israel (Jeremiah
        14:8) was also the Comforter of Israel (Isaiah 40:41) is evident however it
        is a narrow but risky leap beyond the evidence as far as I am aware, to
        argue that the eschatologically expected 'Hope of Israel' and 'Saviour of
        Israel' was also known in some circles as the 'Comforter of Israel', one who
        nurtures, protects and defends as well as pleads the cause in any legal
        dispute sense. That our Greek Wisdom of Solomon describes Wisdom coming
        alongside humans, rather like the Angelic divine Presence (Wisdom 10) in all
        sorts of situations, not simply judicial trials of faith, may help explain a
        blurring of the role / concepts of Advocate, Saviour and Comforter amongst
        Greek speaking believers. (Admittedly I am more inclined to historical
        investigative problem solving rather than to positivistic approaches to the
        enigmatic Fourth Gospel).

        Bill Bullin (Private Student, East Sussex).
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