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Bibil Identifier bibil:211161
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Behold Adam: A Reading of John 19:5
Author Litwa, M. David
Journal Horizons in Biblical Theology (Volume: 32, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 129-143 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay offers a theological interpretation of Pilate's famous phrase “Behold the man!” (Ἰδοὺ ὁ ἄνθρωπος, John 19:5) in light of two proposed intertextual echoes: Genesis 3:22 and Vita Adae et Evae 13:3. Both texts feature the phrase “Behold the man/Adam.” In each case, the phrase prima facie highlights Adam's divinity, but ironically underscores the frailty of his humanity. In John 19:5, however, the phrase “Behold the man” functions in the opposite manner. Although on the surface it highlights Jesus' ridiculousness and misery, it ironically manifests his divine sovereignty. The essay concludes by suggesting that the Fourth Evangelist echoes the earlier phrase “Behold the man/Adam” to generate a contrast between Adam and Christ.
DOI 10.1163/187122010X529462
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Son of Man
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Adam
Pericopes John 19,5
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