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Title: "Dramatic irony" in John's Gospel? : re-examining the irony using ancient dramatic theory
Author: Lee, Tat Yan
ISNI:       0000 0004 7961 2762
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis re-examines the interpretation of dramatic irony in John's gospel with the objective of discovering an ideal reader response to the phenomenon. Johannine scholars mostly identify the ironies in the gospel and interpret them using methods supplied by modern ironologists, without considering the literary environment of ancient writer and reader. No Johannine scholar has attempted to discover the reader's response to the dramatic irony in the gospel without using anachronistic methods of interpretation. Thus, the thesis proposes a new method of studying dramatic irony, namely by using the dramatic theory found in Aristotle's Poetics. The study heuristically employs three dramatic concepts from the Poetics, namely περιπέτεια, ἀναγνώρισις and ἁµαρτία, to make comparisons with the dramatic irony in the gospel. The thesis discovers that the dramatic ironies in John's gospel exhibit significant resemblances to the dramatic motifs in Greek tragedies. Consequently, the Aristotelian framework of analysing these dramatic motifs can help to provide a better estimation of an ideal reader's response towards the dramatic irony. This thesis concludes that the dramatic irony in John's gospel guides the reader to identify and empathise with the characters in the gospel, particularly those who manage to discover the true identity of Jesus.
Supervisor: Leonhardt-Balzer, Jutta Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Irony in the Bible