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Systematic Summary and JN 1,17

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It must have become apparent that the Sitz im Leben which can best account for the place the Law occupies in the Fourth Gospel (John), and the manner in which it is presented, is the confrontation between the Church and the Synagogue and, more precisely, between the Jewish Church and the Synagogue which followed upon the destruction of Jerusalem in the year 70 A.D. There is a line of fundamental continuity between the beliefs and attitudes of Jesus and those of the early Church, between the reasons which led Jesus into conflict with the Jewish authorities of his day and those which led his followers into conflict with the Synagogue. The two basic issues were the Law and the authority of Jesus. This chapter sketches the nature and development of the controversy between Jesus and the Jews and that between his Jewish followers and the Synagogue.

Keywords: Fourth Gospel; Jesus; Jewish Church; John; Sitz im Leben; Synagogue



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