Re: [John_Lit] Further on Nicodemus and "the Jews"
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From: "g" <george.x.brooks@...>
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2001 2:34 PM
Subject: [John_Lit] Further on Nicodemus and "the Jews"
> I think the formulation of "the Jews" can best be
> understood from the standpoint of "the Samaritans".
> In John, we know that Jesus is referred to as a
> Samaritan. And we know he spends quite a bit of
> his time recruiting members in as far away as Tyre
> (some manuscripts - Sidon as well). While he obviously
> spends some time in Jerusalem, it is not surprising
> to think that most of his "sinner" recruits are
> thought to be "sinners" because they were SAMARITANS.
> Certainly Josephus can vouch for the intense antipathy
> between "the Jews" and "the Samaritans". And it would
> not be unlikely that the generations of hatred between
> Christians and Jews found the first roots in the hatreds
> between Jews and Samaritans.
> Jesus's story of THE GOOD SAMARITAN (someone who is more
> concerned about righteousness than every rule of purity...
> hmmmm, someone amazingly like Jesus) could be about Jesus
> I would think surmising the Samaritan ancestry of Jesus
> goes a long way to explaining what is all this "the Jews"
> talk! Paul, a Benjaminite, ALSO uses this phrase.
Actually, the frequent use of "The Jews" in the NT texts should be correctly
translated as "The Judeans," meaning the Temple cultus. In this light it is
necessary to make Jesus a Samaritan but just the Galilean he was. Galileans
were looked down upon by Judeans almost as much as Samaritans.