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F. Gerald Downing, Cynics, Paul and the Pauline Churches. Cynics and Christian Origins II, London/New York (Routledge) 1998, XI u. 369 S., geb. £ 40.00; ISBN 0-415-17159-8.

F. Gerald Downing, Cynics, Paul and the Pauline Churches. Cynics and Christian Origins II,... Umschau und Kritik 271 (for instance, "heptadic", "pentadic", "triptych"). He often leaves verses out, because of his panoramic reading, or skips certain concepts, or gives preference to others, because they fit into his pattern. The typical argument against structu­ ralism, namely the subjectivity involved in making choices, also applies here. It is interesting that when he compares his own structure to that of other structu­ ralists, for example Mlakuzhylil, the similarities are very small (51-55). Both are convinced of their structures, but their different criteria results in different con­ clusions. However, it must be said that 0.'s effort to read the text carefully deserves praise, even though he does this in a more spatial than linear way. He should also be recommended for his efforts to seek theological profit from his suggested structure. The value of his contribution to the debate would have increased, if he had consulted more of the available important studies on the Fourth Gospel, especially those dealing with the structure. His description of the temple motif in the Gospel makes enjoyable reading. He describes God's presence on earth as the main theme. This presence is not to be found in a certain sacred place, "but http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biblische Zeitschrift Brill

F. Gerald Downing, Cynics, Paul and the Pauline Churches. Cynics and Christian Origins II, London/New York (Routledge) 1998, XI u. 369 S., geb. £ 40.00; ISBN 0-415-17159-8.

Biblische Zeitschrift , Volume 44 (2): 3 – Apr 5, 2000

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Umschau und Kritik 271 (for instance, "heptadic", "pentadic", "triptych"). He often leaves verses out, because of his panoramic reading, or skips certain concepts, or gives preference to others, because they fit into his pattern. The typical argument against structu­ ralism, namely the subjectivity involved in making choices, also applies here. It is interesting that when he compares his own structure to that of other structu­ ralists, for example Mlakuzhylil, the similarities are very small (51-55). Both are convinced of their structures, but their different criteria results in different con­ clusions. However, it must be said that 0.'s effort to read the text carefully deserves praise, even though he does this in a more spatial than linear way. He should also be recommended for his efforts to seek theological profit from his suggested structure. The value of his contribution to the debate would have increased, if he had consulted more of the available important studies on the Fourth Gospel, especially those dealing with the structure. His description of the temple motif in the Gospel makes enjoyable reading. He describes God's presence on earth as the main theme. This presence is not to be found in a certain sacred place, "but

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