As the author notes in his preface, various earlier versions of portions of this book were presented at scholarly conferences in 2012–15. Two preliminary studies appeared in Novum Testamentum (2014) and in a WUNT volume (2016; p. 3 n. 12). The present volume gathers these various studies united around the theme of mimesis (imitation) in the Johannine writings (by which Bennema means the Gospel and Epistles but not Revelation).

As Bennema notes at the outset, perhaps the most popular publication on this topic is Thomas à Kempis’s 15th-century work The Imitation of Christ. Toward the end of the 20th century, the rallying cry “What Would Jesus Do?” (WWJD) became popular in North-American evangelical circles. The author chooses to remain agnostic regarding the authorship of both the Fourth Gospel and the Johannine Epistles as well as regarding the order in which they were written (which raises the important but unanswered question...

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