>I believe that Temple
> symbolism is THE major christological symbol within the gospel - it is
> consistently across the Gospel and provides the plot of the narrative
> namely the destruction and raising of a Temple...
> in the course of the narrative the [Temple] symbolism gradually shifts to
the future community of believers endowed with the Spirit - in the absence
of Jesus, the Divine Presence will continue to dwell in the midst of the
Johannine community so that they can be called Temple...
> 19:25-30 is far more
> than a dying son making provision for a disciple to look after his
> it is the highpoint of the Gospel's plot announced in 2:19 and as the text
> states - after this Jesus knew all was now completed...
Thank you for your interesting and important contribution. I look forward to
reading your book.
I will be interested in your assessment of chapter 21 which contradicts the
narrative plot as you present it.
I cannot see why 19:25b-27 is necessary for your thesis though, but
I can see why this and 19:35b (KAI ALHQINH...LEGEI) are important for the
writer of chapter 21.
So, rather than interpret BD references in relation to a narrative plot
(which excludes 21), it seems more appropriate to consider BD references in
relation to the themes established by the writer who is most interested in
the BD - the writer of 21.