Configuring Nicodemus: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Complex Characterization

Michael R. Whitenton

Configuring Nicodemus: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Complex Characterization
Configuring Nicodemus: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Complex Characterization

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Much has been written on the infamous character Nicodemus in recent years. Here Michael Whitenton offers a fresh perspective on characterization. He focuses on the benefit of Hellenistic rhetoric and the cognitive sciences for understanding how ancient audiences may have construed this interesting, if somewhat confusing, character. Whitenton begins by offering an interdisciplinary approach to ancient characters, drawing on cognitive science, Greek stock characters, ancient rhetoric, and modern literary theory. He then turns his attention to the characterization of Nicodemus, where he argues that Nicodemus would likely be understood initially as a dissembling character, only to break that mold later in the narrative, suggesting a journey toward Johannine faith.

In sum, Whitenton presents a compelling argument: many in an ancient audience would make sense of Nicodemus in ways that encourage his development from doubt and suspicion about the Johannine Jesus to commitment and devotion.

  • Table of contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • List of Abbreviations
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Characterization, Cognition, and Ancient Listeners
  • 3. Relevant Prototypical Characters
  • 4. Configuring Nicodemus in John 3.1-21
  • 5. Stability and Development in Nicodemus's Character in John 7 and 19
  • 6. Rhetorical Function(s) of Nicodemus
  • 7. Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Pages: 192
Publisher: T&T Clark
Published: 2019
ISBN-10: 0567665305
ISBN-13: 9780567665300


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