Category Archives: Intertextuality

The Baptizer Beheaded at Esther’s Banquet

The Gospel of Mark includes a digression on the execution of John the Baptist, who was imprisoned by Herod Antipas for his incautious remarks about the king’s illicit marriage to his brother’s wife (Mk 6:16-18). Herod was reluctant to kill … Continue reading

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“Appetite, an universal wolf”

Here’s a literary puzzle I hope someone can solve for me. In the opening Canto of Dante’s Inferno, the narrator encounters a ravening she-wolf (una lupa, I.49), which Virgil shortly describes as follows: “[ella] ha natura si malvagia e ria / … Continue reading

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John’s Institution Narrative

The Gospel of John has no “Institution Narrative” directly parallel to the scene at the Last Supper in the Synoptics, where Jesus establishes a commemorative meal at which his followers will eat his flesh and drink his blood. Instead, John … Continue reading

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Aaronic David

Last week, I wrote about the reception in the Major Prophets of the story of Aaron’s budding staff (Num 17). I missed another instance of its reception in the OT, though, in Psalm 132. Consider: “There [Zion, cf. Ps 132:13] will I … Continue reading

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Aaron’s rod and its prophetic interpreters

Numbers 17:1-11 relates how the LORD causes a “rod” with Aaron’s name on it to blossom and bring forth flowers and almonds, while the rods belonging the princes of the twelve tribes remain barren. This sign demonstrates the LORD’s election … Continue reading

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