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Recognition In Conflict (John 5–19)

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In the Jewish setting of the narrative, the primary authority to define the roles in question comes from Scripture, or the Torah in particular. Accordingly, the question of the recognition of Jesus becomes a legal matter: The law defines whether he is a criminal blasphemer or the very fulfillment of Scripture. The healing of the lame man by the pool of Bethzatha is one of the characteristic Johannine sēmeia, where the miracle concludes in a lengthy discourse by Jesus. The story of Jesus? arrest in the gospels makes up an important transition in the passion narrative. In all four gospels the scene contains some highly dramatic events that illustrate attitudes of confrontation and non-resistance to the arrest. The present recognition scene (or better: nonrecogniton scene) centers on how contradicting ?laws? bring along conflicting cognitive judgments about the role that truly describes Jesus of Nazareth.

Keywords: Jesus of Nazareth; Johannine sēmeia; recognition scene; Torah



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