[John_Lit] Re: johannine_literature digest
- eGroups Digest wrote
> (2) The primary clue is in the metaphorical race to the tomb in 20:4.Ron,
> One person stands out clearly as the main competitor to Peter in the
> primitive Church, namely Paul. The race symbolizes the rivalry between
> the supporters of Peter and the supporters of Paul. Paul reached the
> tomb first. This shows that the Evangelist was a supporter of Paul. (In
> Michael Goulder's terminology the Evangelist was a "Pauline"). Peter
> went into the tomb first, signifying that historically he was the first
> of the two to be a follower of Jesus. But whereas Peter only "saw"
> (v.6), Paul "saw and believed" (v.8). Paul wins again in the
> Evangelist's presentation, for to him belief is paramount (20:29).
> (3) The Evangelist's other references to the Beloved Disciple were
> simply intended to set the scene for his appearance in the race.
If as you indicate, and cite Goulder, the Evangelist was "Pauline" what
elements of Pauline Theology are presented in the Fourth Gospel that would
likewise substantiate your point. AS the thread indicates, the anonymity of
the BD is intentional. To suggest that the Evangelist includes the unnamed
at other points in the story only to indicate a Pauline v. Petrine
competition in the early church without changing the theology to also
reflect Pauline superiority is a bit difficult for me to buy.
Stan Harstine, PhD
Department of Religion