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The Jews Go Against the Law by Condemning Jesus—JN 7,19 and JN 7,51

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The link of John 7,19 with preceding and following verses is of paramount importance if we are to arrive at a correct understanding of accusation Jesus makes against the Jews. It will therefore be necessary to consider articulation of John 7,14-24 before trying to determine the precise meaning of v.19. John 7,19 accuses the Jews of not doing Law because they seek to kill Jesus; John 7,51 further explains in what way the judgement the Jews pass upon Jesus is against Law. The point John wishes to make is that the Law, as it is understood and applied to Jesus by Jews, is a false criterion. John is not opposing the Law and faith, he is establishing a line of continuity between the two. What are being contrasted are rather two understandings of relationship between the Law and Jesus: the narrow, orthodox understanding of Synagogue and understanding of the Church.

Keywords: Church; Jesus; Jews; John; Synagogue

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