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Drinking The Water That Jesus Gives: A Feature Of The Johannine Eucharist?

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In recent years, students of Christian liturgical origins have benefited greatly from conversations with their counterparts in the field of New Testament studies. To this dialogue, New Testament scholars have brought the richness of their engagement with the social context of early Christianity within the ancient Mediterranean world and formative Judaism. The insights of liturgists may well now shed new light on the New Testament text. The thinking of Christian scholars about Eucharistic origins was, profoundly influenced and formed by their own liturgical experience. Identifying two redactional layers in the Bread of Life discourse raises the question of the hard saying (6:60). In the Fourth Gospel, Jesus is the new Moses, renewing the prodigies of the Exodus by providing the real bread to eat and the real water to drink, of which the manna and the water fl owing from the desert rock were a mere foreshadowing.

Keywords: Fourth Gospel; Jesus; Johannine Eucharist



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