[John_Lit] Re: Passover Themes in John 6
- On Fri, 27 Aug 1999, odell mcguire wrote:
> Elizabeth wrote:I found it in William Lane's commentary on the Gospel of Mark [Eerdmans
> >I recently discovered that during the Passover meal the following words
> were spoken over the unleavened bread: "This is the bread of affliction
> which our fathers ate in the land of Egypt. Let everyone who hungers eat;
> let everyone who is needy come and eat the Passover meal."<
> Do you have a reference for this piece of ritual?
(Grand Rapids, 1974)] p.505, where he cites N. Glatzer ed., _The Passover
Haggadah_, (New York, 1953) p. 20.
Just a word of caution on the Passover ritual. Immediately following
the words "Let everyone who hungers eat; let everyone who is needy come
and eat the Passover meal," it says, "This year here; next year in the
land of Israel. This year slaves; next year free people." This
obviously expresses the hope of Jews in the Diaspora, and probably after
the destruction of the Temple. It's always hard to know what in
rabbinic texts really comes from as early as the first century, and what
is much later. Given this context, it seems unlikely to me, or at least
not proven without further evidence, that the words about coming and
eating would have been in use at the time the Fourth Gospel was written,
let alone at the time of Jesus.
David Rensberger, Professor of New Testament
Interdenominational Theological Center
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Atlanta, Georgia 30314-4143 USA
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