Re: [John_Lit] Prologue As Midrash Part I
- In a message dated 11/22/2005 10:53:02 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
In other words, the theory I am advancing is that the
Prolog (and possibly the entire Gospel) is the product
of a didactic method (midrash) used by a Rabbinic
school which was striving to interpret the meaning of
the Jesus tradition, using the language of the Torah.
No one seriously disputes the midrashic elements of the NT; some have
asserted that all the NT texts are midrashim on the Hebrew Scriptures. As Mark
Matson has noted, the definition of "midrash" tends to expand and contract,
depending on its context. Though I much prefer the concept of "intertextuality" to
midrash, Mark recognizes the jargonish problems presented by both terms.
If "midrash" is restricted to its conventional senses of 'inquiry' and
'interpretation' then certainly the Prologue bears a midrashic relationship to
Genesis 1. Though the Qumran texts use "midrash" to refer to 'instruction' I
would be shy about emphasizing the "didactic" thrust of the term.
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