Relation Analysis of the Fourth Gospel. A Study in Reader Response Criticism

Author: Harner, Philip
The method of relation analysis seeks to identify and delineate the primary forms of relationship that John presents in the text of his gospel, with special attention to their significance for John's understanding of Christian faith. This analysis occurs within the context of reader-response criticism, since the network may be understood as constituting the narrative world that the author invites the reader to affirm. The study also calls attention to strategies that the author employs to encourage the reader in actualizing or completing the text.


"There is regular movement from close observation of the text to theological reflection on its themes, and the effect is satisfying both as a literary device and as a teaching method. . . . the work provides a great many critical insights that the exegete and preacher will appreciate. . . . Pastors and others leading lay Bible study groups may not only share some of the content of Harner's investigations, but may also easily transfer the rudiments of relation analysis and reader-response criticism for application. . ." - Rev. Michael Penn Moore

". . . it comes as an enlightening surprise to see John's "narrative world" emerge in Relational Analysis in ever richer, more intricate, and more artfully interwoven patterns of relationship. . . . Professor Harner's work is seminal; it is one no scholar of the Gospel of John -- or for that matter of the New Testament -- can afford to be without." -- Frank R. Kramer