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The Charge of False Teaching. Is the Teaching of Jesus Opposed to the Law ?

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In order to appreciate the Johannine presentation of Jesus' teaching and its relationship to the Law, it will be profitable to cast a brief look at the relationship of teaching to Torah in the Jewish tradition. John 7,14-18, which serves as a prelude to the whole series of discourses which follow, is all centred around the idea of Jesus' διδάσκϵιν. Διδάσκϵιν is a term of revelation in John. This is key to understand the Johannine usage of "teaching" and that which marks it off from the usage found in Judaism and in Synoptics. It explains why: 1) teaching is, strictly speaking, the prerogative of Jesus, although the Father, the Spirit, the disciples may be said to teach; 2) the teaching of Jesus is rooted in his mission; 3) teaching, whether it has the Father, the Spirit or disciples as subject, always has the person of Jesus as its sole object.

Keywords: διδάσκϵιν; Jesus' teaching; Jewish tradition; John; Judaism; Synoptics; Torah



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