Ostenstad, Gunnar H. Books

Patterns of Redemption in the Fourth Gospel. An Experiment in Structural Analysis
1998 0-7734-8396-9
The analysis of the textual structuring of the Fourth Gospel leads directly to the issue of its exegetical import. It is part of the theory and practice of concentric compositions that the structures exist in order to underline basic thematic concerns: the choice of form sets up a system of points of emphasis and points that are linked through some kind of correspondence. Thematic analysis shows that 21 large concentric compositions, arranged symmetrically, are organized in a prologue and seven parts, around two main themes of Jesus as the New Temple and Jesus as the Light and Life of the World.