Three Leuven-type readings of Romanness in John 18,28–19,22

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Wassell, Blake. (2021). Three Leuven-type readings of Romanness in John 18,28–19,22. Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses. 97(4), pp. 591-627. https://doi.org/10.2143/ETL.97.4.3290077
AuthorsWassell, Blake
Abstract

What could the synoptics have to do with John’s view of Rome? The hypothesis is that the rhetorical construction of Romanness in John 18,28-19,22 is part of an attempt at ambiguous deconstruction of the synoptics. The study contains three cases that begin with under-appreciated, if well-known, ambiguities in John. Why does Barabbas (John 18,40) disappear without mention of his release (unlike Mark 15,15; Matt 27,26; Luke 23,25)? How can Pilate refuse to amend his inscription on the cross (John 19,22) after the priests invoke Caesar (vv. 12.15)? Who is 'the deliverer of Jesus', and what is their 'greater sin' (v. 11)? In each case John seems to be recycling and even challenging the synoptics in order to develop its own post-colonial programme. John adopts – not rejects – Romanness as much as it expropriates Jewishness from its diabolical Ἰουδαῖοι who destroy the temple of Jesus’ body.

Year2021
JournalEphemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Journal citation97 (4), pp. 591-627
PublisherPeeters Publishers
ISSN0013-9513
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.2143/ETL.97.4.3290077
Page range591-627
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