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Love and Footwashing: John 13:1 - 20 and Luke 7:36 - 50 Read Intertextually

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This paper presents three intertextual readings of John 13:1-20 and/or Luke 7:36-50, starting from a feminist hermeneutic. The focus is on reader response, i.e., on the reading-process as an experience, on the effects texts have on a reader (Stanley Fish), and on the response to the responsethe reflection on the reading-process. Intertextuality as applied in this paper comprises two aspects: intertextuality as a relationship between written texts, activated by a reader, and intertextuality as a dialogue between written texts and the reader as text (referring to her/his life-experience). John 13:1-20 is read intertextually by a first reader who is female, critical and informed, i.e., a woman in the Johannine community who is familiar

Affiliations: 1: University of Münster


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