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Paschal Imagery in the Gospel of John: A Narrative and Symbolic Reading

Lee, Dorothy (2011) Paschal Imagery in the Gospel of John: A Narrative and Symbolic Reading. Pacifica, 24 (1). pp. 13-28. ISSN 1030-570X

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    Abstract

    Passover imagery is central to the narrative structure and theological content of the Fourth Gospel. The imagery begins in the testimony of John the Baptist, declaring Jesus to be the “Lamb of God”. The narrator expands the paschal overtones of this title to incorporate other Old Testament insights associated particularly with temple and cult. The feast of Passover develops into its own metaphorical field, pushing the narrative towards the cross as the climatic moment of revelation. On the way, paschal imagery incorporates not only the lamb but also the shepherd who lays down and takes up his life on behalf of the sheep. Passover becomes a major symbol in the Fourth Gospel, capturing vital, christological aspects of John's understanding of the cross.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Paschal Imagery, Gospel of John, Narrative reading, Symbolic reading
    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: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950499 Religion and Ethics not elsewhere classified
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): B - New Testament
    C - Systematic Theology
    Association with University of Divinity: UFT-TCTS: United Faculty of Theology - Trinity College Theological School
    Depositing User: Cate Headey
    Date Deposited: 03 May 2011 10:37
    Last Modified: 04 Dec 2014 15:38
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/860

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