Was there another vine? Questions on John 15:1a

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Coloe, Mary. (2005) Was there another vine? Questions on John 15:1a. Australian Ejournal of Theology. 4(February), pp. 1 - 14.
AuthorsColoe, Mary
Abstract

Jesus final words to his disciples (Jn 15:4, 12) lie at the heart of the Farewell Discourse and are situated within two models of the type of relationship these commands will produce: firstly the model drawn from nature, the vine (vv. 1, 5), and then the model of Jesus' own relationship with God (v. 9). But while the language suggests intimacy, the use of the term 'true' in the emphatic position (egō eimi hē ampelos hē alēthinē) suggests a comparison be made between Jesus, the 'true' vine, and a vine that is 'not true.' Rather than intimacy was there discord within the community? Is the passage 15:1-17 engaged in a polemic with some who may be turning to 'another' vine? In this essay I will examine the image of the vine, attempting to establish its possible historical context.

Year2005
JournalAustralian Ejournal of Theology
Journal citation4 (February), pp. 1 - 14
PublisherAustralian Catholic University
ISSN1448-6326
Open accessOpen access
Page range1 - 14
Research GroupSchool of Theology
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Place of publicationAustralia
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