Jesus and the Ladies: Constructing and Deconstructing Johannine Macho-Christology

Peter-Ben Smit


Taking as a starting point the way in which Jesus’ relationship with his mother is depicted in the Gospel of John, this paper explores the construction of a ‘macho-christology’ in this gospel, which, is deconstructed at the cross: Jesus the true (hu)man is there shown to be the true man as the crucified, which invites rereading John’s macho-christology as a whole from this point of view.


Gospel of John; Christology; masculinity

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Bible and Critical Theory: ISSN 1832-3391