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comment Why did Judas betray Jesus WITH A KISS?
@JoshuaBigbee, Psalms 2 is the most prominent psalm about the coronation of God's "anointed" ruler. If the disciples understood Jesus as the "anointed" they would have been fully aware and expecting the rule of the "son" predicted in that passage. So also Judas, who was there when Peter proclaimed Jesus "the Christ." But Judas in the end betrays Jesus with a kiss. You really think there is no intended irony in it?
May
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comment Why did Judas betray Jesus WITH A KISS?
@JoshuaBigbee, I've shown how Judas very well could have seen the kiss as more than pragmatic. It would be wrong to say that the disciples knew nothing of Old Testament prophecy regarding the messiah. The very fact that they followed Jesus and considered him "the Christ" indicates that they believed him to be the prophesied and expected King of Israel. The crowds reaction to Jesus entrance into Jerusalem on a donkey also indicates that they knew the prophecy and what significance it held for the restored house of David.
May
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comment Why did Judas betray Jesus WITH A KISS?
@JoshuaBigbee, I'm not failing to see the pragmatic reason. I've referenced it in the question. Judas "kissed" Jesus to identify him to the arresting soldiers. This was absolutely necessary in an age before photography. But that's all the gospels say. It does not say that the soldiers were hiding. It says that the soldiers arrived with him. It might be that they were laying in wait for the signal but that's not specifically in the text.
May
14
comment Ruth's Vow to Naomi: Ancient Marriage Vow?
Wonderful answer! Thank you.
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Apr
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comment Why does Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to “Go, call your husband”?
This marriage theme is consistently emphasized in John every time Jesus engages with a woman. Marriage like the new birth is central to John's teaching about salvation. Would you like me to elaborate?
Apr
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comment Why does Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to “Go, call your husband”?
@JoshuaBigbee Marriage is union. I just said the point of John 4 is the unification of Jew and Samaritan (think Gentile) through the ministry of Jesus - the bridegroom. The whole point of John 4 is that we are no longer bound to ritual and tradition and holy sites but that in Jesus we have the living water of the Spirit springing up where ever the believer in Jesus goes. The Worship of God is for everyone and everywhere.
Apr
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comment Why does Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to “Go, call your husband”?
It seems to me the primary point of the whole encounter is in the unification of Jew and Samaritan under the Messiah, the "Savior of the World."
Apr
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comment Why does Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to “Go, call your husband”?
@JoshuaBigbee I don't think there's one simple answer for why Jesus asks that question. (1) I think Jesus is revealing his power. (2) I think he's highlighting the marriage theme. (3) I think he's moving the conversation towards the mirrored second half. I don't disagree that repentance of sin is necessary! Nor do I disagree that Jesus does in fact reveal the woman's sin. But the revelation of her sin only seems to play a minor part. Where in John 4 does the woman actually repent of all her marriages? Where in John 4 does Jesus actually forgive her?
Apr
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comment Why does Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to “Go, call your husband”?
@JoshuaBigbee perhaps I should add that I agree with the traditional "Jesus did it to reveal the woman's sin" interpretation. I just think its a rather simplistic interpretation which totally misses much of what's going on in John 4.
Apr
14
comment Why does Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to “Go, call your husband”?
@JoshuaBigbee Jesus' command for the woman to "go call your husband and tell him to come here" is what breaks this conversation into these two halves. The bigger point in the immediate context is for the reader to connect the imagery in the first half of the conversation with the imagery in the second. Father Jacob's well is traditional worship in solitary location while living water is universal worship in spirit and in truth. In telling the woman to go call her husband, Jesus is neither changing the subject nor is simply dealing with the woman's sin.
Apr
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comment Why does Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to “Go, call your husband”?
@JoshuaBigbee why is it more important? It seems to me the traditional answer, "Jesus did it to reveal the woman's sin", has lead people to totally miss the bigger point. They're two halves of this conversation. The first half deals with a comparison and contrast between a traditional source of water ("father" Jacob's well) and Jesus' offer of living water. That imagery is symbolically mirrored in the second half when the conversation shifts to traditional site of worship (our "fathers worship on this mountain") which is contrasted with Jesus' call to worship in spirit and in truth."
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comment Did Mark intend to end his gospel at 16:8?
@Soldarnal But here's another thought. Is possible that Mark is setting-up an open-ending by having the disciples journey to Galilee? In promising a future meeting in this distant location, Mark has bypassed the more imminent resurrection meetings in Jerusalem and Judea. He promises a meeting with Jesus at another time and another place, away from the tomb. Why? It seems to me the open-ending supplies the answer. Jesus is going to appear to them off stage.
Mar
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comment Did Mark intend to end his gospel at 16:8?
@Soldarnal Well said. I guess I find the ending of Mark at 16:8 satisfying for two principle reasons. First, the endings we possess after 16:8 have been persuasively shown not to be from the hand of Mark and (2) As God's word, I believe Mark's original ending could not be lost. The first is a claim based upon evidence. The second is an inference based upon my beliefs about God and the Bible. Given those two premises, I can't help but conclude that I'm reading Mark's ending as it was meant to be read.
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