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A Step Too Far: A Critique of Francis Moloney’s Understanding of ‘the Scripture’ in John 20:9

Byrne, Brendan (2015) A Step Too Far: A Critique of Francis Moloney’s Understanding of ‘the Scripture’ in John 20:9. Irish Theological Quarterly, 80 (2). pp. 149-156. ISSN 0021-1400

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Abstract

In a series of studies Francis Moloney has argued, along narrative critical lines, that the phrase ‘the Scripture’ in John 20:9 should be understood as a reference to the Fourth Gospel itself, which presents itself to later believers as ‘Scripture’ in continuity with the Scriptures of Israel. This interpretation, while resolving the long-noted tension between v. 8 and v. 9 towards the end of the passage, is not tenable on the grounds that such a reinterpretation of γραϕή places too great a demand upon the reader in view of the use of the term up to this point. The transition across vv. 8–9 is better explained as a reference to ‘Scripture’ in a global sense as providing the divinely appointed ‘script’ for the paradoxical messianic mission of the Son.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Beloved Disciple, faith, Gospel of John, resurrection, ‘Scripture’
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): B - Biblical Studies, general
Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2016 15:18
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2016 15:18
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2063

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