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Title: 'Dematerializing' Religion
Subtitle: Reading John 2-4 as a Chiasm
Author(s): KIERSPEL, Lars
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 89    Issue: 4   Date: 2008   
Pages: 526-554
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.89.4.3188969

Abstract :
After offering a critical analysis of Moloney’s synthetical parallelism for John 2-4, this article argues for a chiastic structure of the Cana-to-Cana cycle which directs the reader from the visible signs (2,1-12+4,43-54) and physical properties of religion (2,13-22+4,1-42) to Jesus as the metaphysical agent of God’s salvation and judgment (3,1-21+3,22-36). The new 'dematerialized' faith thereby subverts expectations of material restoration and reorients the believing eye not towards a sanctuary but towards the Son.

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