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Title: Joh 14,31 und sein Kontext
Author(s): BUSSE, Ulrich
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 94    Issue: 1   Date: 2018   
Pages: 27-75
DOI: 10.2143/ETL.94.1.3281486

Abstract :
In source-critical studies the verse John 14,31 is a code text since Julius Wellhausen. It should illustrate that the following chapters John 15-17 are secondary additions or toned down as a relecture of the farewell scenes John 13,1-14,31. In this essay it will be attempted to read this verse in a philologically corrected way. The history of research since Hugo Grotius is reconstructed, too. Parallel the content of the first part of the farewell speech is reconstructed, recognizing that the so-called 'high christology' of John leads to a special ecclesiology, the definition of which is given in John 15,1-17. The 'high christology' and the 'sacred ecclesiology' together serve to strengthen a Christian house-church, which tries to exist outside the synagogue in a distrustful up to hostile Hellenistic Polis society. Its social situation has totally changed and therefore a missionary and ethical change of strategy is needed. The evangelist proposes on the basic of the Jesus tradition a new one, brotherly love as attractive way to continue the mission and to live the ethics of Jesus.

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