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Re: [John_Lit] Way, Truth, and the Life from John 14:4

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  • Paul Anderson
    Thanks, Roger, I m not sure what you mean about Paul s receiving his teaching from Jesus, but the Johannine-Pauline connections are interesting. A couple of
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 14, 2010
      Thanks, Roger,

      I'm not sure what you mean about Paul's receiving his teaching from Jesus,
      but the Johannine-Pauline connections are interesting. A couple of decades
      ago Michael Goulder wrote on Paul's being the Beloved Disciple ("An Old
      Friend Incognito," SJT 45, 1992, pp. 487-513), although that overstates the
      relationship. Still, if the Johannine tradition had some contextual
      development within one of the Pauline churches, Pauline influence could have
      gone in Johannine directions; if John the "pillar" in Gal. 2:9 had anything
      to do with the Johannine tradition, Paul could have been influenced

      At the SNTS Johannine Seminar sessions in Berlin last month, three good
      papers on Johannine-Pauline connections were presented, so it is interesting
      to at least consider some of the corrolaries.

      On the water and the blood, testified to by the Spirit (1 Jn. 5:6-8), there
      seems to be a connection with that to which the eyewitness testifies in Jn.
      19:34-35--that water and blood came forth from the side of Jesus. The
      emphasis here on Jesus' suffering humanity seems anti-docetist, and
      therefore it is the ethical implications of a non-suffering Jesus being
      advocated by the false teachers of 1 Jn. 4:1-3) that are being addressed in
      1 John 5.

      Paul Anderson

      On Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 7:38 PM, rogermott3 <mottrogere3@...> wrote:

      > Hi everyone,
      > Glad to see some discussion going on here. This list has been devoid of
      > posts for some time. I have been studying the so called "Gospel of Thomas "
      > for several years and come to understand its "metaphors" for living water,
      > light, and movement and rest of the Body. The triune theme is apparent
      > there as well in the G of John. I understand all 3 to be "spirit". IMO,
      > spirit as defined by Paul and Isaiah is something eyes have not seen nor
      > ears heard.
      > I agree with others here that Father/Moses is the living water,
      > light/truth is the Word, and Life is the Holy Ghost called Agape Love in 1
      > John 4:8,16 and Life by Jesus in John 14:4-6.
      > When Thomas asked Jesus, how do we know the way? Jesus answered that he
      > was the Way, Truth, and Life, no one comes to the Father except through the
      > Son.
      > I can't help to notice that the synoptics also used the metaphors for
      > Moses, Elias, and Jesus at the transfiguration. I do believe John the
      > Baptist was identified with Moses and water/(way of the exodus), Elias was
      > identified with fire/truth, and Jesus was also the Life which became flesh
      > and dwelt amongst them.
      > Both John the Evangelist and Paul received their teachings from Jesus so I
      > would say that Paul received his instruction from both Jesus and John and
      > the other Evangelists. The dates of the published NT writings are not that
      > important and could be anytime in the 1st century. Paul certainly published
      > before his martyrdom and John could have published later than Paul as he is
      > reported by tradition to be long lived, perhaps into the 2nd century. There
      > were copyists of John's work and Jack mentioned another John of Ephesus who
      > could have been a copyist of John Zebedee, the Evangelist.
      > Roger Mott
      > Niagara County, NY
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