Thursday, February 24, 2011

New Internal Evidence for PA (Part II)

John's Gospel has in fact several structural layers, all deliberately designed into its narrative.  One of the most remarkable is the thematic structure of the Gospel, with the contrast between the Law (Moses) and Grace and Truth (Jesus).   The theme of "Glory" also runs deep throughout this gospel, and forms a kind of bracketing structure around important sections and motifs.

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Although the thematic structure is more complex than the O.T. Quotation Structure (discussed in the previous post), it is still quite strong in its connection to the Pericope de Adultera as a purposeful part of both main themes.

These themes are clearly Johannine, as they are introduced in the Introduction (Chapter 1), and continue throughout Jesus' speeches in the final Passion narrative.


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