Remembrance and Revelation in John
I’ve now posted (on the “Essays, etc.” page) the manuscript of my essay on “Remembrance and Revelation: The Historic and Glorified Jesus in the Gospel of John”, which was published in a multi-author volume in 2007.
The focus of the essay is on the interesting (distinctive) way that the author of GJohn deploys and develops language of “remember/remembrance” in sentences that rather clearly talk about new/further revelation about Jesus (esp. in the “post-Easter” period). I explore how the author does this, and what he seems to have intended by doing so.
I propose that the author consciously used what he regarded as the greater insight into Jesus’ significance that he ascribed to the Holy Spirit (or in GJohn’s terms “Paraclete”) after Jesus’ death/departure. I also propose that the author tells readers that he’s doing this, that he expected his readers to see it and appreciate it.
For simple historical-Jesus inquiry (a sort of, “just the facts, Jack” assumption), this will be judged anachronism, of course. If we were to explain to the author of GJohn modern historical-Jesus interests, he’d probably be puzzled or maybe amused, and might quickly agree that this isn’t his agenda. Instead, he wants to say that the historical figure was all along the embodiment of divine glory, but it wasn’t really till after Jesus’ death and resurrection that this became fully apparent.