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Mosaic Traditions in the Fourth Gospel

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Moses is mentioned by name eleven times in John. Most of the occurrences speak of the "gifts" of God through Moses, pre-eminently "the Law", that is, the Torah. A few passages suggest a Moses-centered Jewish piety. Beginning from these direct references, one can discover in the gospel a large number of fairly clear allusions to the Moses traditions. Only those allusions closely related to the "prophet-king" themes are discussed in this chapter. In the Fourth Gospel one of the central themes in Jesus' discourses, a theme which leads to a climax in the crucifixion and resurrection narratives, is the notion that he is "ascending to the Father". Now just as in the Moses traditions, an essential aspect of the ascension of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel is his enthronement as King of Israel, as the trial and crucifixion narratives demonstrate.

Keywords: crucifixion; Israel; Jesus; John; Moses traditions; prophet-king; Torah



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