Narratives in the Gospel of John
Part I: Miracle Stories: Review
|How many miracle stories are told in the GJ?|
|In what Chapters in GJ are they told?|
|Five of these miracle stories will be illustrated here: Can you identify them?|
|What have you learned about the INTERPRETATION of each miracle story and of the miracle stories in general?|
What miracle Story does
and where is it Found?
The Wedding at Cana
How does the GJ Interpret It?
|Dialogue with Mary|
|“My Hour has not yet come.”(2.4)|
|Water Jars for Jewish Rites of Purification (2.6)|
|“Jesus did this the first of his Signs . . . and the disciples believed in him” (2.11)|
The Pool of Bethesda
Site of Healing of Lame Man: John 5
|INTERPRETATION of Miracle:|
|Controversy about Healing on Sabbath|
|Additional theme for Controversy: “making himself equal to God” (5.18)|
|Discourse: 5.19-47: a/ The Son gives Life and Judges b/ Son greater than Moses|
What Miracle Story does this Illustrate?
|Where is this Story Found?|
John 6.1-14: The Feeding
of the Five Thousand
What themes does the Fourth Evangelist Introduce in his Interpretation of this Miracle?
|Jesus as the Prophet Like Moses (Deut 18) Jn 6.14|
|Moses: manna miracle|
|Jesus: “I am the bread from heaven”; superior to Moses|
|Jesus gives eternal life|
|The Eucharist (“eat my flesh and drink my blood”)|
Healing of the Blind Man: John 9
John 9.7: “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means ‘sent’)”
|Stairway down to the pool of Siloam|
John 9.1-7: Healing of a Man Born Blind
|How is this miracle story Interpreted?|
The Mini Drama of John
|Clue to Historical Situation of Fourth Evangelist::|
|9.22: His parents . . .were afraid of the Jews: for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus as Messiah would be put out of the synagogue.”|
|Sight and blindness: the blind man sees; the Pharisees are blind (9.41) [Irony]|
|Signs and Faith: How one (the blind man) gradually comes to faith: “that man….from God” ….the Son of Man…and he worshipped him” (vv. 15, 33, .35-38)|
|Judgment and division: “I came into this world for judgment” (9.39)|
What is this Story?
|Where is it in the GJ?|
|What Characters can you Identity?|
John 11:The Raising of
How is this Story Significant in the Narrative?
To what does it lead? How is it interpreted as a “Sign”?
|Given as Reason for the Arrest of Jesus|
|Interpreted in dialogue with Martha and Mary: “I am the Resurrection and the Life”|
Which 2 were not Illustrated Here?
|John 4.46-54: Healing of the Royal Official’s Son|
|John 6.16-21: Jesus Walks on Water|
Where is this Story Found?
John 21:The Miraculous
Catch of Fish
How is this Story Interpreted?
|Characters: Jesus, Peter, the Beloved Disciple|
|The Beloved Disciple: “It is the Lord” (21.7)|
|Peter jumps in water naked (21.7)|
Summary: in GJ—Jesus’ Miracles are Signs
|Signs are interpreted through dialogues, discourses and mini-dramas|
|Miracles can lead to Faith|
|But they also cause Division—Jesus ministry to the Jews results in division: believers, secret believers, enemies|
|John 1.5, 11: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it…He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him:”|