Re: [GTh] Digest Number 640
- During Jesus' Last Supper discourses, it is readily apparent where he is
going. I would suggest that it was to the ancient audience as well.
Yet, in 14.5, Thomas needs to ask. Why? That the audience already knew the
answer is indicated in Jesus' neglect to respond directly--his answer moves
smoothly into Phillip's question, it does not come smoothly from Thomas'.
Perhaps slow-witted was a little harsh, but at least confused.
It's interesting you use the phrase "beloved disciple." Is it intended to
carry the implication I presume it is? I recently read Charleworth's _The
Beloved Disciple_, and would venture to agree with you--my only caveat being
that I'm not entirely convinced that the Doubting Thomas pericope isn't an
> Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2003 07:56:04 EST
> From: BrerFrase@...
>Subject: Re: John and Thomas
>Mr. Sumner characterizes the Johanine Thomas is "almost slow-witted" which
>you assert stands in sharp contrast to the mystic hero of GOT. Funny, I
>always read the Johanine Thomas to be rather deep, not dull, perhaps too
>sincere, with a unique sort of soul resonance or hunger actually lacking in
>the others of the 12 who seem in contrast so often to be hopelessly shallow
>with the exception ironically of Judas and perhaps Peter. But I never
>of Thomas as mentally weak except perhaps in the all too human sense that
>the deliberate depths of his periodic rising into lucidity his generic
>willingness to follow blindly could easily if not routinely be lost ....
>what comes through for me is anything weakness in intelligence, rather a
>"real," credible, and somehow generous, sympathetic, and certainly beloved
>Can you substantiate your own provocative impressions?
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