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comment Why does Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to “Go, call your husband”?
one more thing. You said it's not a common sense reading of the text. That certainly begs the question whose common sense. John wasn't written for our 21st century American multimedia fed culture. It was written for a first century, largely illiterate culture with many beliefs that are absolutely foreign to our own. They heard and read texts in ways that is not at all common to our world.
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comment Why does Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to “Go, call your husband”?
my approach isnt allegorical. I'm focused on authorial-intent. I wouldn't read every biblical author this way. But I read John this way for a number of reasons deriving from his writings. John invites he's readers to read his gospel this way. He does first through the misunderstands and through his metaphors.
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comment Why does Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to “Go, call your husband”?
may I ask why you find it subjective? I didn't come up with many of these connections. Scholars have been noting them for the past forty years. And they were noted in the early church. But don't you think that subjectivity is diminished with a pattern of consistent evidence? That's what we have here. Allusions are a fundamental tool of John. You believe that John 1:1 alludes to Genesis 1:1, right? Which connection that I've pointed to do you disagree?
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comment Why does Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to “Go, call your husband”?
I'm an evangelical too. And my hermeneutic is by no means unique. It's actually quite common among scholars even evangelical ones. I read the gospels as literary constructs. While they are based on historical events they are not the events themselves. They are arranged, edited and interpreted through the spirit inspired author.
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comment Why does Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to “Go, call your husband”?
Ephesians 5 suggests that the marriage between Christ and his Church has already taken place. The same is true with the Gospel of John. Every time Jesus engages with a woman there are allusions to marriage. That includes Mary and Martha before the tomb of Lazarus. It includes Mary encounter with Jesus in the Garden and it includes the appearance of the mother of Jesus at the Crucifixion. The piercing of Christ side is in fact an allusion to the creation of Eve. The first birth and marriage to occur in the bible.
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comment Why does Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to “Go, call your husband”?
I make no suggestion. I'm pointing out the facts. Fact: Jesus is called the bridegroom immediately before this scene. Fact: Jesus conversation with the women by well is consistent with an OT betrothal type scene. Fact: Jesus encounters the woman at the same plot of ground which led to the rape of Dinah. Fact: Water is a euphemism for sex in the Old Testament. Fact: Jesus raises the issue of the woman's marital status. I'm not suggesting, the facts are suggesting that something regarding marriage is going on. And this is also consistent with a larger marriage motif in John's gospel.
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comment Why did Jesus enter Jerusalem on a donkey?
Is there some evidence that a donkey is meant to be contrasted with a horse? I've heard people say this and it's plausible but I've never seen any concrete evidence from scripture or the culture. If you this evidence could you add it to your post.
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comment Why does Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to “Go, call your husband”?
@Mr.Bultitude No. I don't think Jesus is bringing up the woman's marital status to display his power and reveal her sin. He is doing that but that's not his point. As you can see in my answer to the question, I think the issue of marriage is fundamental to the conversation. Jesus is looking for a bride.
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comment What is Jesus' purpose in asking about Psalm 110?
Have you read Simon Gathercole's The Preexistent Son? I heard him make his case for Mark's high Christology while I was teaching through Mark. It caused me to consider Christ's preexistence and Mark which lead me to look at this passage with new eyes. I haven't read anyone who's argued that Mark was making an intentional connection between the Shema and Psalms 110. I wrote to Gathercole and he thought it was interesting connection. I also wrote to Larry Hurtado. And even he hadn't heard of this idea before. I just don't know. It's an interesting connection I just don't know the point.