RE: [John_Lit] Now for something completely different: John 1:9
welcome - I have just read Mary Coloe's book - God Dwells with Us; Temple
Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel. In the prologue, she contrasts directly the
gift of the Law with the gift of the word made flesh - 'the fullness of a
gift that is true' 14d her translation; similarly vs 17 - 'the true gift
came through Jesus Christ' in contrast to the law. So your suggestion that
verse 9 might have the light of the Law as its background fits the explicit
mention of the Law given through Moses in 17a.
Her translations differ from the traditional (Her note page 27 following
Bultmann and Moloney 1978). The 'true' light of verse 9 may find its refrain
in the 'true' of vs 14 and 17 - strengthening the connection you suggest and
contrasting it again with the first gift.
She mentions Baruch 4:1 as identifying Wisdom with "the book of the
commandments of God, and the law that endures forever", and also Sirach 24,
but not the other passages you cite as far as I can tell from scanning the
+ + + Victoria, B.C., Canada + + +
Catch the foxes for us,
the little foxes that make havoc of the vineyards,
for our vineyards are in flower. (Song 2.15)
From: Don Garlington [mailto:dongarlington@...]
Sent: Thursday, December 26, 2002 1:41 PM
Subject: [John_Lit] Now for something completely different: John 1:9
I am new to the List, and perhaps this question has
arisen before. As the backdrop to John 1:9, has anyone
considered Bar 4:1-2; Wis 18:4; and especially T. Levi
14:4: the light of the law which was granted to you
for the enlightenment of every man?" The Testaments of
the Twelve Patriarchs do contain Christian
interpolations, but it seems unlikely that a Christian
would designate the law as the "enlightenment of every
man." Does anyone think that John is bouncing off this
stream of tradition?
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