Andrew Lincoln on the Jews, Pilate, and Jesus: Trial!

In Truth on Trial (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2000), Andrew Lincoln brings out the irony of Jesus' trial in John's Gospel.  Actually, to begin the irony, it is more a trial of Pilate and the Jews than it is of Jesus (p. 137).  I don't have the time and space to type it all out, but suffice… Continue reading Andrew Lincoln on the Jews, Pilate, and Jesus: Trial!

The Holy Spirit in John’s Gospel: Another Advocate

In John 14.16, 26; 15.26, and 16.7, Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the "Paraclete." The context is Jesus comforting his disciples: "Even though I am really leaving you, don't worry - I'm sending another One like me who will dwell in you, teach you, and remind you of who I am and what I've done.… Continue reading The Holy Spirit in John’s Gospel: Another Advocate

John’s Gospel: Trial, Testimony, Structure, and Minor Characters

John’s Gospel is a gospel of trial and testimony. Trials take place: Jesus on trial, his followers on trial, the world on trial, the Pharisees on trial, the Jews on trial, the reader on trial – it is a book of trials. It is also a book of testimony – legal witness that Jesus is… Continue reading John’s Gospel: Trial, Testimony, Structure, and Minor Characters

Lincoln, Testimony, and Criticism

A. T. Lincoln, in his book emphasizing the trial/witness motif in John's Gospel, has some helpful comments concerning critics of the biblical canon.  He talks about testimony, and how everyone relies on quite a bit of testimony without evaluating in full the scientific truth of the testimony.  (Example: a person asks "Where is the Post… Continue reading Lincoln, Testimony, and Criticism