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This conclusory chapter shows that the recognition scene is a recurring, generic vehicle in John, which serves to host and thematize central problems in the Gospel concerning the knowledge of God through Jesus, as well as the believers? access to Jesus in his physical presence and absence. John?s recognition scenes begin as soon as the prologue completes its intoning of the Gospel?s thematics of identity and recognition. In John 5?19, recognition of Jesus undergoes a crisis, as the Ioudaioi see nothing but his carnal camouflage. The constant questioning of Jesus? identity corresponds to ?the move of cognitive resistance? of the recognition scenes proper. The crisis of recognition in chs. 5?19 becomes evident in the recognition scenes in 5:1?18 and ch. 9. In the glorification of Jesus at the resurrection, the ever-present subnarrative regarding God?s acknowledgment of Jesus breaks into the story.

Keywords: cognitive resistance; Jesus? identity; John 5?19; recognition scenes



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