English: How does narrative temporality affect the understanding of Johannine symbolism?
To investigate this is the purpose of this article. The notion of narrative temporality
is not new in the study of Biblical texts. However, there have not been many studies
which make this notion their main thrust. Rather, generally speaking, it has merely
been used as a “guide” or framework by which one can investigate some other important
aspects such as the interpretation of a certain piece of literature, narrative,
or part of a narrative. Against this background, this article wishes to put more focus
on the possibility and impact this notion can provide in Biblical studies. In order to
do this, this article takes up the subject of Johannine symbolism in the Fourth
Gospel, especially the symbol of light, simply because it is not easy to understand.
The more difficult the subject is, the clearer this notion can display its impact and
usability in the readings of Biblical narratives.