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John. I’ve always liked John’s Gospel a lot (I’ll show you the stats in the next post) but on this reading I had to keep remining myself that this blog is for writing about the parts I like, not the parts I don’t like. Mainly, I didn’t like John’s treatment of Judas (cf Matt. 26:50 for one I do like). Related, I hate the way he mangled the story of the anointment of Jesus at Bethany (John 12:1-8). It also just feels a bit embellished and embroidered compared to the synpotic Gospels.

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Jesus and the woman taken in adultery

7:53 Then each went to his own home.

8:1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

(BG)

This story does not seem to be 100% canonical (see the Wikipedia article, Jesus and the woman taken in adultery), although everyone seems to agree that it is “authentic history”.

Anyway, it’s a good story, so here it is. What’s especially interesting to me is that Jesus himself does not throw a stone or condemn the woman.

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John 21:18

I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.

(OPB)

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John 20:24-29

20:24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, wasn’t with them when Jesus came. 20:25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

20:26 After eight days again his disciples were inside, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, the doors being locked, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace be to you.” 20:27 Then he said to Thomas, “Reach here your finger, and see my hands. Reach here your hand, and put it into my side. Don’t be unbelieving, but believing.”

20:28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

20:29 Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and have believed.”

(WEB)

Interesting that:

  1. The disciples don’t throw him out;
  2. Jesus is quite happy to indulge.

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John 19:5

and Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak. ‘Here is the man,’ said Pilate.

(REB; OPB)

ecce homo.

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John 17:17

Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.

(OPB)

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John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

(OPB)

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John 15:25

But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’

(OPB)

The World English Bible links this quote to Psalms 35 and 69. Both good Psalms. I like 35.

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John 15:9

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Dwell in my love.

(REB; OPB)

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John 14:15-18

14:15 If you love me, keep my commandments. 14:16 I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, that he may be with you forever,— 14:17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world can’t receive; for it doesn’t see him, neither knows him. You know him, for he lives with you, and will be in you. 14:18 I will not leave you orphans. I will come to you.

(WEB; OPB)

It’s at times like this that I wish I could read New Testament Greek myself. None of the translations (e.g., at the Online Parallel Bible) has every verse quite how I like it.

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