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Reclining at Table

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  • John E. Staton
    John Lupia wrote: Since Jesus reclined at table in this position it could only mean that the apostle John was the host who held the Passover banquet in his
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      John Lupia wrote:
      Since Jesus reclined at table in this position it could only
      mean that the apostle John was the host who held the Passover banquet in his
      father's home. Although a Galilean his father most probably owned
      property in Jerusalem for religious festivals and perhaps a vacation home.
      This was the common practice of wealthy Jews who resided outside of
      Jerusalem. His father appears to have owned an established fishing concern
      which meant they were well to do. If John were a wealthy Jew it would
      explain why he was known to the high priest and could enter his palace

      Thanks, John, for your very informative post. However, it would appear your
      argument gets a little strained when you start to fit John, son of Zebedee
      into the picture. May I suggest you look at Martin Hengel's book, "The
      Johannine Question". He has the authority behind the fourth gospel being the
      Elder John, not the apostle. He sees this character as a member of a wealthy
      Jerusalem family, probably a priestly family. This would fit the rest of
      your thesis better thab the proposition that the writer was a Galilean
      fisherman. If, as you suggest, it was "John's" house where the Last Supper
      took place, that would explain why a non-apostle was at the Last Supper
      (note the fourth gospel refers to the "Beloved Disciple", not the Beloved
      Apostle - the two words are not synonymous. "Disciple" refers to a much
      wider range of people), and why that non-apostle was seated in a place of
      honour.

      Best Wishes,

      JOHN E STATON
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