1. The audience and origin of the Gospels: introduction and method; 2. Early Christian community: a study of the community construct and its functional potential in early Christianity; 3. Early Christian Gospel genre and a critique of the two-level reading of the Gospel of John; 4. Early Christian reader: an explication of the audience of the Fourth Gospel by inquiring for the implied reader; 5. Reading the Fourth Gospel: the function of the Gospel of John in the light of the gospel community debate; 6. The sheep of the fold: summary and conclusion.
Klink challenges a scholarly consensus concerning the audience and origin of the Gospel of John.
Edward W. Klink III is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.
Review of the hardback: 'This splendid volume is an important contribution to the new discussion of the audiences of the New Testament Gospels, and the first lengthy treatment of the audience of the Fourth Gospel from the vantage point of that discussion.' Biblica