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Bibil Identifier bibil:229272
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Spittle, Clay, and Creation in John 9:6 and Some Dead Sea Scrolls
Author Frayer-Griggs, Daniel
Journal Journal of Biblical Literature (Volume: 132, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 659-670 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract John 9:6 contains a curious reference to Jesus’ use of spittle and clay to heal a man born blind. Beginning with Irenaeus, patristic exegetes saw here an allusion to God’s use of dust to create Adam. Modern commentators, however, are generally skeptical of this interpretation and are content to make note of the belief popular in antiquity that saliva held therapeutic properties. After noting the presence of other allusions to creation in John 9 and elsewhere in John’s Gospel, this article examines several Dead Sea Scrolls and ancient Near Eastern texts that mention spittle and clay alongside more transparent creation motifs. These texts helpfully illumine the role of spittle and clay in John 9:6 and lend substantial support to Irenaeus’s exegesis.
DOI 10.1353/jbl.2013.0038
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Creation
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Qumran - Dead Sea : Texts : Texts
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Themes : Creation
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Irenaeus
Pericopes John 9,6
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