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Bibil Identifier bibil:217358
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Christology and Discipleship in John 7:37-38
Author Baffes, Melanie
Journal Biblical Theology Bulletin (Volume: 41, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 144-150 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This paper explores interpretations of John 7:37—38, specifically the question of to whom the word autou refers in the phrase potamoi ek tēs koilias autou reusousin (“rivers out of his belly shall flow”). Scholarship is divided on the issue of whether the “living water” flows from Jesus or the believer, and there are sound arguments for both readings. The assertion here is that the author of John intentionally uses ambiguous language to allow readers to interpret the text both ways—in order to highlight the movement from Christology to discipleship and the transfer of Wisdom and Spirit from Christ to the disciples. Using a dialectical mode of thinking, the Evangelist presents parallel realities that seem to be in opposition but, in fact, lead readers to a larger truth. John 7:37-38 calls for a “bothand” reading of multiple meanings rather than an “either-or” dualism that limits the text to one interpretation.
DOI 10.1177/0146107911413211
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Water
Pericopes John 7,37-7,38
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