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“Was There Another Vine? Questions on John 15:1a.”

Coloe, Mary L. (2005) “Was There Another Vine? Questions on John 15:1a.”. Australian eJournal of Theology, 4. pp. 1-9. ISSN 1448 – 6326


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Jesus’ final words to his disciples (Jn 15:4, 12) lie at the heart of the Farewell Discourse and are situated within two models of the type of relationship these commands will produce: firstly the model drawn from nature, the vine (vv. 1, 5), and then the model of Jesus’ own relationship with God (v. 9).1 But while the language suggests intimacy, the use of the term ‘true’ in the emphatic position (egō eimi hē ampelos hē alēthinē) suggests a comparison be made between Jesus, the ‘true’ vine, and a vine that is ‘not true.’ Rather than intimacy was there discord within the community? Is the passage 15:1-17 engaged in a polemic with some who may be turning to ‘another’ vine? In this essay I will examine the image of the vine, attempting to establish its possible historical context.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: John 15, Johannine Farewell Discourse, intertestamental vine imagery, John the Baptist, Johannine community
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
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Users 197 not found.
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2013 00:11
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 04:42
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1220

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