The Sheep of the Fold: A Review

The book is a revised doctoral thesis written at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland and supervised by Richard Bauckham. The research was done in 2002–2005. Klink is assistant professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology. In short, Klink argues that the “community” concept in the historical depiction of the Gospel audiences should be abandoned, using John‘s Gospel as “test case.” In this he is seeking to assist in “taking off the shackles” (i.e. the “Johannine community hypothesis”) that have hindered research in this area in the past. Put succinctly, the contribution of this work to the field can be assessed in this way: “Nice, but not new.”

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