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Recognition And Departure (John 20–21)

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This chapter describes the discovery of the empty tomb (vv. 1?10) followed by three consecutive apparition stories where the resurrected One materializes before his followers (vv. 11?29) and, as a conclusion, the narrator presents the overall purpose of the Gospel in vv. 30?31. It also describes a postresurrection appearance composed of a blend of traditions appearing in the canonical Gospels?John and Luke in particular?and noncanonical material. In Aeschylus? version?the clearest example of the fact that recognition may take place at the very outset of ancient mythoi?the story opens with a recognition scene at the grave, where Electra in great distress has come out in order to bring her libation. The Syriac text probably reflects a scribal emendation of the text, but it seems to capture the cognitive connotations of the Greek term very well.

Keywords: Aeschylus? version; canonical Gospels; recognition scene; Syriac text



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