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Re: [XTalk] Jesus and wine

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  • Tom Barnes
    Professor Dolan do you have any idea how I can have my e-mails forwarded to a new address? I will be bounced out of Temple s system in a few days and I have a
    Message 1 of 5 , Sep 5, 2000
      Professor Dolan do you have any idea how I can have my e-mails forwarded to a new address?  I will be bounced out of Temple's system in a few days and I have a new e-mail address.  It is, apa279@... any help would be great thanks, Tom
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      Subject: [XTalk] Jesus and wine

      I find John Meier’s analysis of the Cana account persuasive.  Meier argues that the entire pericope shows the hand of the Johannine redactor.  Some of his points relevant to the matter of the water turned wine are as follows:


      1.       Jesus’ implied refusal (2.4) to Mary’s implied request, her continued expectation of his positive response (2.5), and his final, overabundant response (2.7-8) fit John’s emphasis that Jesus is always in control

      a.       Jesus acts when no request is made (5.1-9; 6.1-15; 6.16-21; 9.1-7)

      b.       when Jesus is explicitly or implicitly asked for a miracle, a pattern emerges:

                                                         i.      a petitioner makes an implied or explicit request for a miracle (2.3; 4.47; 11.3)

                                                       ii.      Jesus at first seems to refuse (2.4; 4.48; 11.4)

                                                      iii.      the petitioner doesn’t lose faith that Jesus will act (2.5; 4.49; 11.21-27)

                                                      iv.      Jesus does respond to the persistent faith—in a way more extraordinary and abundant than the petitioner anticipated (2.7-8; 4.50; 11.39-44)

      2.       Johannine presentation of the miracle: overabundance and symbolism

      a.       at Cana there are six stone jars, each holding about 16 to 24 gallons of water—thus, Jesus provides about 144 gallons of wine at the end of the wedding!

      b.       a plentiful grape harvest in fall (the end of the year) leads to a joyful abundance of wine, so the prophets used the symbolism of an abundance of wine at the end of days, when YHWH would transform the world (Amos 9.13-14; Isa 25.6-7; Jer 31.12-14)


      Andrew T. Dolan, Ph.D. Cand.

      Assistant Professor of Theology

      Francis Hall 232

      Alvernia College

      400 St. Bernardine Street

      Reading, PA  19607-1799

      (610) 796-8435


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