Re: [John_Lit] Temple/body, etc.
- Frank Moloney wrote:
>Dear Group,Just to add a few comments on temple symbolism and recent publications.
>I know that Mary has mentioned this a couple of times, but a very
>important study of this whole issue is to appear in March:
>M. Coloe, God Dwells with Us. Temple Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel
>(Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 2001).
>While still in Australia, I directed this work in its doctoral dress.
>It has been entirely reworked for publication as a fine book. I
>recommend it highly.
Temple symbolism seems to be a beloved issue, cf. these recent publications
also treating the Johannine evidence. I wondered if any one else on the
list has read them and what they think of them.
As far as I can see, both follow two different types of temple
interpretation in the NT: support of the temple or (almost) total
Paesler, K. (1999). Das Tempelwort Jesu. Die Traditionen von
Tempelzerstörung und Tempelerneuerung im Neuen Testament. Forschungen zur
Religion und Literatur des Alten und Neuen Testament; 184, Vandenhoeck &
Ådna, Jostein (2000). Jesu Stellung zum Tempel. Die Tempelaktion und das
Tempelwort als Ausdruck seiner messianischen Sendung. Wissenschaftliche
Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament. 2. Reihe; 119, Mohr, Tübingen
(While we are speaking of German literature on the temple and temple
symbolism, see also
Beate Ego, Armin Lange and Peter Pilhofer (ed.) (1999). Gemeinde ohne
Tempel. Community without Temple. Zur Substituierung und Transformation des
Jerusalemer Tempels und seines Kults im Alten Testament, antiken Judentum
und frühen Christentum. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen
Testament; 118, Mohr, Tübingen).
Ådna uses traditional historical-critical approaches and argues that the
temple prophecy concerning the destruction must be connected to the temple
"cleansing" in a symbolic way: Jesus himself spoke and acted to demonstrate
the replacement of the temple, much in accordance with what John seems to
argue. Paesler on the side is more reluctant to such a thesis.
The two approaches demonstrate at least how difficult it is to reach a
final conclusion regarding the historical Jesus and his relationship to the
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- Dear Frank and Mary,
Would either of you be willing to provide a brief synopsis of God Dwells With Us?
Yours in Christ's service,
From: "Moloney, Francis J." <moloney@...>
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Subject: [John_Lit] Temple/body, etc.
I know that Mary has mentioned this a couple of times, but a very
important study of this whole issue is to appear in March:
M. Coloe, God Dwells with Us. Temple Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel
(Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 2001).
While still in Australia, I directed this work in its doctoral dress.
It has been entirely reworked for publication as a fine book. I
recommend it highly.
Frank Moloney, SDB
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064
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