RE: [John_Lit] John 7:37-39
- Dear Frank
Thanks again for your insights. You wrote: As respects John 7:37-39, I
suspect you are correct in seeing a linkage to Zech. 14:8.
I note there is also a reference in Zechariah 13:1 "When that day comes, a
fountain will be opened for the House of David and the citizens of
Jerusalem, for sin and impurity."
One of the questions this link between John and Zechariah raises is how the
first century Jews used the Tanach and other sources when they wrote their
understandings of their knowledge of Jesus and the gospel.
That 14:8 follows the "Smite the shepherd/scatter the sheep" passage (13:7,
John 16:32) would give some understanding to the sequence which John implies
when he writes 'he was not yet glorified'. John 12:15 also references
Zechariah 9:9; John 10:12-13 alludes to the worthless shepherd of Zechariah
11:17. Most of the direct references to Zechariah in the NT are in
Revelation. This would give some credibility to the evangelist and the
theologian being the same author, the earlier work being the gospel. I have
always thought, following Ellul (Apocalypse Seabury Press 1977), that the
subject of the Apocalypse is the death of Jesus and not at all the lunatic
fringe prediction algorithm that is postulated in the latest pulp fiction
(even worse than it was in the 70s).
Certainly this is the subject of John - his hour, his glory as of an only
begotten - and it is why the disciples can believe these signs and make so
much of them now that they have known that death and its merciful aftermath
for themselves. There is a purity here that exceeds what can be achieved
with Moses (John 1:45; Acts 13:39 is what I was really remembering - funny I
thought it was in John!) as wine exceeds water.
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Catch the foxes for us,
the little foxes that make havoc of the vineyards,
for our vineyards are in flower. (Song 2.15)