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Title: John and the Synoptics
Subtitle: An Historical Problem or a Theological Opportunity?
Author(s): YOUNG, Frances M.
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 33 Issue: 3-4 Date: 2008
This paper outlines the problem of the relationship between John and the Synoptics as seen by modernity’s 'historico-critical' approach to exegesis. It then revisits the issues through examples of how the Fathers addressed them, and suggests that in the post-modern context we might learn from them. Focussing on the Gospels’ historicity may have been a category mistake; it does, however, privilege the challenge of the ‘other’ and enables the distinguishing of four portraits of one to whom there must be a plurality of spiritual responses.