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The confrontation between Jesus and the Jews unfolds itself in Jn as an impressive juridical trial and, within the dramatic framework, the Law appears as a hermeneutical key to much Jn has to say concerning the person of Jesus and his "work". The role and function of the Law is best perceived within this framework and it is this consideration which has determined the structure of the investigation. Attention was paid to the Jewish background (the Old Testament (OT), the Apocrypha, Qumran and the Rabbinical writings) during the course of the whole investigation. The Law in Jn is the Torah, an exclusively Jewish category, and it is only against the background of the Jewish tradition that the Johannine presentation of the Law and of all which is immediately related to it becomes fully intelligible.

Keywords: Jesus; Jews; juridical trial; Old Testament (OT)



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