More on Sukkah and John: Feast of Tabernacles

Here are a few more words from the Sukkah, the Jewish commentary and regulation text on the Feast of Tabernacles/Booths.  Before reading it below, note Jesus' words in John's Gospel, 8.12: "I am the light of the world - the one who follows me will certainly not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." … Continue reading More on Sukkah and John: Feast of Tabernacles

Jesus and the Feast of Tabernacles (Booths)

What does Tractate Sukkah have to do with John 7? Quite a bit!  In John 7, we find Jesus preaching (lit. "crying out") in the temple during the Feast of Tabernacles.  He says on the last and greatest day of the feast, "If anyone is thirsty, let him/her come to me and let the one… Continue reading Jesus and the Feast of Tabernacles (Booths)

Water from Jesus’ “belly/womb?” – John 7.38

John 7.38 is one of those passages in Scripture over which scholars go back and forth; for example both Craig Keener and D.A. Carson write that it is "difficult" and end up coming down on different "sides."  Do the waters of life flow from the believer's "belly" ("heart" in NIV, ESV, etc) or Jesus' "belly?"  Where… Continue reading Water from Jesus’ “belly/womb?” – John 7.38

Keener on John 4.31-38

  While Jesus was at the well in Samaria speaking to the woman, his disciples urged him to eat (John 4).  Craig Keener's comments here are helpful. "This picture does not deny the Johannine Jesus' full humanity.  Jesus here does not strictly refuse physical food, and an ancient audience, aware of the demands of hospitality, would… Continue reading Keener on John 4.31-38

Lincoln on the Heart of John’s Gospel

Some critics say that the story of Jesus walking on the water in John 6.16-21 is out of place or the work of a later redactor.  Lincoln thinks not: "What has already been said about  the distinctives of John's account makes plain the force of this epiphany miracle for his narrative.  The unlimited power of… Continue reading Lincoln on the Heart of John’s Gospel