"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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John 10:1-18 Commentary
by Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman
The Gospel of John is the culmination of a couple of generations of recitation and reflection on the words and deeds of Jesus.
They have been examined from multiple perspectives and studied with respect to Scripture. What starts out as a historical recollection gets filtered through the community’s experiences, and the result is a two-level reading that interweaves Jesus’ story with that of the Johannine community.
It makes for theological depth, but it often seems that the text is going around in circles. A better description, however, would be that the passage is spiraling upward, repeatedly touching on previous thoughts or themes but always progressing to some new insight or conclusion.
For the text at hand, John 10:1 seems to be a beginning of a new unit, and verses 1-18 breaks into three parts with a response to Jesus words in verses 19-21. With verse 21, however, we see that this unit is actually part of a larger reflection referring back to the healing of the blind man in chapter 9. Physical sight and spiritual insight were the motivating issues there.
In chapter 10, hearing, which results ...
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Narrative Lectionary 119: Good Shepherd
March 05, 2014
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker for "I Love to Tell the Story," a conversation on Year 4 of the narrative lectionary. This podcast covers the text for March 5, 2014: John 10:1-18. Accompanying reading: Psalm 23.