1990RE: [John_Lit] The use of FG in times like these
- Oct 3, 2001Thanks to Jeff Staley for Godfrey Rust's poem, which
poses the question "What kind of story is this?"
A Johannine answer might be "It's a story in which
everybody plays a role in the temple's destruction."
If the 'temple' means Jesus's body, then the fourth
evangelist not only indicates the role of the Jewish
leaders and the Romans but of the disciples and Jesus
himself -- and, of course, of God.
So, perhaps the fourth evangelist thought similarly
about the destruction of the actual temple.
Who is it who's writing this story? The leader of a
small sectarian group at odds not only with the empire
but even with others of his own religion and who
believes that the destruction of a 'temple' will
fulfill God's plan? One who believes that everyone has
a hand in that temple's destruction?
Does Johannine irony and the emphasis upon love
prevent Johannine sectarianism from turning to
Has anyone else read the text of the terrorists'
letter? What struck me as remarkable was the
expression of concern for others belonging to the
group. I can well imagine that any in-group member
reading it would be moved by the degree of concern and
even love expressed for those within the group. Even
more remarkable was the concern expressed that each
one in the group act against the enemy not out of
revenge but solely in order to fulfull God's purpose.
Missing from the letter was any sense of irony. Is
As for John's Gospel, is Johannine irony merely
Assistant Professor Horace Jeffery Hodges
Hanshin University (Korean Theological University)
447-791 Kyunggido Osan-City
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