1348Re: [John_Lit] Discussion of Michael Willett Newheart's SBL1999 Paper
- Feb 4, 2001Thanks, Jeffery, for kicking off discussion of my paper. You discuss the
association I make between Jesus' body and the temple as God's house, and
you ask if anyone else has written on this. I don't know that anybody has.
Perhaps someone else will know. I appreciate your continuing to play with
To all JL list-servers, the book that my paper comes out of, WORD AND SOUL,
will be published by The Liturgical Press in July 2001. You can read a
summary of it, the table of contents and the introduction at
I look forward to a spirited (paraclete-ed?) discussion this week.
Peace to all,
From: Horace Jeffery Hodges <jefferyhodges@...>
Date: Sunday, February 04, 2001 5:00 PM
Subject: [John_Lit] Discussion of Michael Willett Newheart's SBL1999 Paper
>Monday morning has arrived here in "The Land of
>Morning Calm", so I suppose that we can start the next
>discussion. Michael Willett Newheart wrote:
>Jesusfathershouse, which is not the temple but Jesus
>body (2:16, 21), is many-dwellinged. Lots of room for
>father and son and children to gather into one
>(11:52). Jesus goes there (Why does he need to go to
>his fathershouse if he is it?) to for the disciples
>place-prepare one of those many dwellings. After
>going, Jesus gonna come again to the disciples to
>receive them into his prepared bodyhouse so that they,
>his servant-followers, his father-given-ones, can be
>with him where he is and see his loving glory (12:26;
>This is an interesting association to make here
>between the temple as God's house and Jesus's body as
>God's house. It has never occurred to me to apply this
>association to Jesus's farewell discourse image of the
>house that Jesus goes to prepare. Have others also
>written on this?
>How far should we take this association in
>understanding the Johannine image? Does the fourth
>evangelist intend us to understand Jesus's body as the
>church (by analogy to the temple) that will be
>prepared by crucifixion and resurrection?
>This can allow us to think about the language of union
>into a concrete (if speculative) manner.
>The temple houses God, but people can enter into it.
>Similarly, the church houses God, but people can enter
>into it. The Father is in Jesus, and the believers are
>Yet, Jesus is also in the believers through his
>spirit, which binds believers to one another to make
>up the church. The church, then, is not a specific
>building but something more like the heavenly temple
>-- a bit of realized eschatology.
>But Jesus's body is also a place where believers dwell
>-- is the image of the early churches operative here,
>i.e., the home as the meeting place of the church?
>This would resonate with Michael Newheart's theme of
>Are multivalent images of temple, church, home, and
>body intersecting here in the Johannine Jesus's
>I'd speculate more on this, but my son is re-calling
>me away from our ethereal discussion hall back to the
>world of the home. I have to feed him.
>Dr. Horace Jeffery Hodges, Lecturer
>College of Continuing Education
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