Re: [John_Lit] John 6:4 The Jewish Passover Feast was near.
- Hi everyone
I am surprised Paul A has not come in on this ... John 6! I will do it for
Some of you may have seen my initial thoughts on the Fourth Gospel and the
historicity question in the latest NTS. That was part of a larger discussion
- the rest of which were some random thoughts.
One of those "random thoughts" is to do with 6:4. As well all know, there
are three Passovers in the Fourth Gospel - beginning (2:13), middle (6:4) and
end (11:55-19:42). My main interest is the theological and narrative
function of the feasts, but - as just been mentioned - Jesus should be in
Jerusalem for the feast, not by the lake. All other feasts are in Jerusalem.
Only John 6 is not ... and thus the notorious problem of the order of John,
swapping Chs 5 and 6, etc.
Maybe Jesus' public ministry was marked by three Passovers ... two of them in
Jerusalem, and one of them NOTORIOUSLY in Galilee. So notorious that NOT
EVEN John could shift the tradition of a Passover in Galilee back to
Jerusalem. Maybe that's why it sticks out like a sore thumb? Maybe we might
use John for a "Rahmen der Geschichte Jesu"! Maybe outlandish! Loads of
Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064
- From a non-academic:
AuthorFG wants to allude to the
Exodus narrative, beginning with
the Passover and concluding on
the other side of the sea (the
second Bread of Life discourse
seems to allude to the Passover,
and the first to the manna
mentioned after the crossing).
What bodies of water does he have
to choose from: Dead Sea, Jordan
River, Sea of Galilee?
Perhaps the Sea of Galilee
was the only one that would provide
(1) a big enough body of water,
(2) a large enough Jewish audience
for the feeding of the 5000, and
(3) a setting (the synagogue at
Capernaum) suitable for the follow-up
Three Rivers, MI
>Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2000 11:10:02 EDT
>Maybe Jesus' public ministry was marked by three Passovers ... two of them in
>Jerusalem, and one of them NOTORIOUSLY in Galilee. So notorious that NOT
>EVEN John could shift the tradition of a Passover in Galilee back to
>Jerusalem. Maybe that's why it sticks out like a sore thumb? Maybe we might
>use John for a "Rahmen der Geschichte Jesu"! Maybe outlandish! Loads of