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The Bridegroom Messiah and the People of God: Marriage in the Fourth Gospel Jocelyn McWhirter

The Bridegroom Messiah and the People of God: Marriage in the Fourth Gospel

Jocelyn McWhirter

Published December 19th 2007
ISBN : 9780511346002
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192 pages
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Many interpreters of the Fourth Gospel detect allusions to biblical texts about marriage, but none offers a comprehensive analysis of these proposed allusions or a convincing explanation for their presence. Building on the work of Richard Hays,MoreMany interpreters of the Fourth Gospel detect allusions to biblical texts about marriage, but none offers a comprehensive analysis of these proposed allusions or a convincing explanation for their presence. Building on the work of Richard Hays, Donald Juel and Craig Koester, in this 2006 book Jocelyn McWhirter argues that John alludes to biblical texts about marriage in order to develop a metaphor for Jesus and how he relates to his followers. According to McWhirter, John chooses these texts because he uses a first-century exegetical convention to interpret them as messianic prophecies in light of an accepted messianic text. Specifically, he uses verbal parallels to link them to Psalm 45, a wedding song for Gods anointed king. He then draws on them to portray Jesus as a bridegroom-Messiah and to depict Jesus relationship with his followers in terms of marriage.