Category Archives: OT in the NT

The New Jonah

As C. Kavin Rowe and Richard Hays have shown (among others), NT writers sometimes tell us¬†readers that Jesus is the LORD God, and sometimes show us. The story of Jesus’ quelling the storm on the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4) … Continue reading

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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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He Passed Them By

Mark’s account of Jesus’ walking upon water includes an odd detail: when he approached the disciples’ boat, “he would have passed them by” (Mk 6:48). Why? There’s no mention of this in either Matthew or Luke — if we’re thinking … Continue reading

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Jesus as SNOOT

“SNOOT,” in David Foster Wallace’s lexicon, stands for “Syntax Nerds of Our Time,” and Jesus shows himself to be one in his argument with the madding crowd in John 6:27-40. They demand that Jesus do another miracle to demonstrate his … 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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Water and the Spirit

Jesus tells Nicodemus, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (Jn 3:5).¬†What does this mean? The reading that’s most attractive to me sees “of water and of the … Continue reading

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Moses and Christ

“lex per Mosen data est,” John writes, “gratia et veritas per Iesum Christum facta est” (Jn 1:17). These are strong words, words — on their face — to warm a Marcionite’s heart. The Law, given through Moses, apparently excludes “grace … Continue reading

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