Tom and Timothy, thank you both.
I think that the audience/reader of the Gospel is meant to understand
"the lamb of God" as the paschal lamb, at least by the time we get to
19,36. The form of the quotation "bone of him will not be broken" allows
us to hear at the same time a reference to the paschal lamb of Exod 12
and to the "just" of Psalm 34,21.
My interest in the apocalyptic lamb is related to what the Baptist, in
history, might have meant, if his meaning didn't coincide precisely with
Timothy - isn't the paschal interpretation of the death of Jesus present
in 1 Corinthians 5,7? Or do you mean that this interpretation developed
first in the Johannine tradition, even if the written Johannine Gospel
is later than Paul?
Revd Brendan Gerard M.A., S.S.L.
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