"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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The Good Shepherd
Jesus Raises Lazarus
John 10:1-18 Commentary
by Robert Hoch
Narrative models of reading scripture encourage interpreters to consider the meaning of a text (its cognitive content) and the “action” or “effect” of the text.
Texts not only mean something, they do something. Many of us have been formed in the “cognitive” tradition of knowledge but today’s text may frustrate this more familiar approach. It may convey cognitive content, but even more it makes one reflect or grow still, almost, with the contemplation of the image of Christ as the good shepherd. Its effect is iconological.
Scholars commonly note the solemn character of the Johannine discourses, of which this text is one example. These discourses are marked off with the words, “Very truly I say, unto you...” Known as the “double-amen”, it is unique to John. Frequently, the narrator uses it to set apart and underline the importance of the discourses themselves. Raymond Brown notes the “quasi-poetic” quality of Jesus’ discourses, something he attempts to capture in his translation for the Anchor Bible commentary.1
If we still used the red font editions of the King James Bible (in which Jesus’ ...
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February 14, 2018
This is the podcast for John 10:1-18, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Feb. 14, 2018, featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Karoline Lewis. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.