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A homiletic pattern

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It is shown that the way Philo and Gospel of John wove together fragments from haggadic traditions and words from Old Testament quotations. This chapter prompts a further question: What is the composition of expositions formed from such a method? An examination of this question shows that Mut. 253-263, Leg. all. III 162-168 and John 6,31-58 all follow the same homiletic pattern. Before citing these homilies in translation and discussing them, the question of homiletic compositions in Philo and John are reviewed. Having analysed a homiletic pattern, it is important to consider the literary contexts of the homilies concerned. Two questions direct this enterprise: Is the separation of these homilies from their contexts natural? How are the homilies incorporated into these contexts? There is a striking similarity between the pattern discussed and the pattern which S.Maybaum finds to be typical to Palestinian midrash.

Keywords: Gospel of John; haggadic traditions; homiletic pattern; Old Testament quotations; Palestinian midrash



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