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CTC Seminar presented by Br Dr Paul Creevey FMS

Friday, 16 February, 1:00 pm2:00 pm AEDT

Br Dr Paul Creevey

This study challenges the assumed literary unity of Jn 20:1-29 given the existence of gaps, ambiguities, and apparent inconsistencies identified by scholars when analysing this passage with a literary structural or theological focus, or both. Further, in investigating Jn 20:1-29, this study noted five internal literary features that link the burial in John to the empty tomb and appearance narratives. Further, the paratextual features present on the earliest accessible manuscripts of Sinaiticus, Alexandrinus, and Vaticanus further support a case for the inclusion of the burial in the analysis of the post-death events in the Gospel of John.

As a result, this study proposes that there is a two-part division to Jn 19:38–20:29: that of the burial and empty tomb in 19:38 – 20:10 and the appearance stories in 20:11-29, which has the explanatory power to address all the alleged aporias and inconsistencies in this narrative.

Finally, this study shows that John 19:38–20:29 is a coherent, cohesive, and distinctive narrative that reflects a crafted literary unity. Through a reading that the Evangelist is defending the central events of the burial/empty tomb and the appearance narratives for belief in Jesus, as the Messiah, the Son of God, then any alleged gap or inconsistency, is simply that, alleged. This literary unity supports the centrality of the notion of Jesus’ ‘hour’ being fulfilled in the event of the crossresurrection, as well as the ongoing relationship that now exists between God, Jesus, the holy Spirit, and those who choose to be called disciples of the risen Jesus.

Friday 16 February 1.00 – 2.00pm AEDT

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Friday, 16 February
1:00 pm–2:00 pm AEDT
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