Lectionary Year B
April 30, 2000
Step III: Immediate Context
(BE) A. IMMEDIATE CONTEXT
The immediate context of this account is the first and third
appearances of Jesus to the disciples. The first appearance is to Mary Magdalene, our
passage is the appearance to the disciples and then Thomas, and the third appearance is
to the disciples again.
(BE) B. COMPOSITIONAL WHOLE
This passage sits at the end of the gospel
and itself ends with a statement of purpose for the writing of the whole gospel itself.
One commentator has organized the gospel into three main parts with the second having
two sub-parts. The first section is the prologue. The second section is from there to
the end of our passage. The sub-parts are the calling and public ministry of
Jesus(through 12:50) and then the Last Supper and Resurection appearances of
Jesus(through 20:31). The final part is the Epilogue.
(BE) C. AUTHORSHIP
The writer remains anonymous and theories of authorship
abound. [JA - compare perhaps the contributions on this question by Raymond Brown in his commentary on John and his monograph on the johannine community. Others?].
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