[John_Lit] John 6
I have been following our discussion of John 6, but thinking mostly
along different lines.
This story is scheduled for our lectionary this Sunday, so I do have an
but also a longer term "faithful" interest -- in almost the same breath,
I think of this different
interest as more academic than "devotional" hence, for this list rather
than the list that split off
about a year ago... I have been asking myself which type of faith the
composer of John admires
most in the miracle of the bread and loaves. The crowds follow Jesus
because of his power to
heal and the possibility of unlimited bread -- they will soon turn back
and follow Jesus no more.
Philip's faith is limited, too -- he looks at the challenge and says
basically "It Can't Be Done."
Andrew's faith is better, he brings the young boy to Jesus with his two
"opsarion" and five loaves,
but then adds "What are they among so many?" Finally, it the boy's faith
that is exemplary, because
he does not hoard his lunch, but sees something in Jesus that makes him
give up the food that he had
a perfect right to keep to himself.
So, my questions are these:
1. What would you call a "literary" reading like this -- I think of it
as "actantial" in the way Griemas
might have approved of, or "narratalogical" -- Is that accurate enough?
2. Can you think of commentaries or articles that might encourage a
"faithful" reading like the one
I am pursuing here?
3. Or is this a "devotional" approach that fits better on the other
4. And finally, does anyone have a clue for relating our week-long
discussion of ch, 5,6, and 20,21 to
the business of preaching? I ask this without guile and have no axe to
Fred Guyette (normally a lurker)
Erskine College and Seminary