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A Second Peter? Martha In The Gospel Of John

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The account of the raising of Lazarus has evoked a great deal of interest in Johannine scholarship in terms of determining its sources or historicity, in terms of its function in the Gospel itself, and in the interpretation of a number of striking aspects of the story. In modern scholarship the Johannine Martha has found a varied reception, ranging from praise to reprobation. The raising of Lazarus functions as a turning point in the Gospel of John. The link between the raising of Lazarus and the passion and resurrection of Christ are highly significant for the interpretation of Martha, for she too is thereby linked to the passion and resurrection. An army of eminent source-critical scholars have pored over the text of John's Gospel, but the results of the collective source-critical labours remain more elusive than illuminating.

Keywords: Christ; Gospel; John; Lazarus; Martha



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