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Bibil Identifier bibil:200561
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Expulsion from the Synagogue? Rethinking a Johannine Anachronism
Author Klink III, Edward W.
Journal Tyndale Bulletin (Volume: 59, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language English
Pages 99-118 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The 'expulsion from the synagogue' in John 9 has been dominated for nearly four decades by reconstructed 'glimpses' popularized in the two-level reading of the Fourth Gospel by J. Louis Martyn. The key insight Martyn provided the last generation of students of John is the anachronism in 9:22, an insight that although it has been criticized at the level of historical reconstruction (the official edict of the Jamnia Academy and the Birkat-ha-Minim), has dominated nearly every reading of the gospel. But Martyn has guided us to an exaggerated reading of the 'expulsion from the synagogue' passages, and his focus on the situation behind John has minimized the Gospel's explicit interest in the past. Even the term ἀποσυνάγωγος, the key evidence for Martyn, reflects a historicity that has been too easily suppressed. This paper will argue that a fresh examination of the historical reflections in the 'expulsion from the synagogue' passage in John 9 reveals not only John's theological interest in the past, but also some potential 'glimpses' on the life and ministry of the historical Jesus.
Pericopes John 9
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