The healing of the blind man in John

Show simple item record Kok, Jacobus (Kobus) 2013-03-12T09:07:45Z 2013-03-12T09:07:45Z 2012
dc.description.abstract John's healing narratives are all presented as semeia or spiritual signs in the Gospel. It therefore always has two levels of meaning: the one level narrates a biological and socio-cultural healing act, and at the same time the narrative functions as a vehicle to illustrate 'divine' truths in John's Gospel - revealing the true identity of Jesus, with the purpose that those who read these signs, will eventually believe that Jesus is the son of God and thereby receive eternal life (John 20:30-31). In this article we will discuss the healing narrative in John 9 where Jesus heals not only the physical blindness of the blind man, but also his spiritual blindness. It will also be illustrated how this narrative functions as a semeion or Johannine sign, designed to lead readers to spiritual healing in John's narrative world. Finally the implications of Jesus' engagement with those on the fringes of society will be discussed against the background of the rise of Christianity in Africa. en
dc.description.librarian am2013 en
dc.description.librarian mn2013
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dc.identifier.citation Kok, J 2012, 'The healing of the blind man in John', Journal of Early Christian History, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 36-62. en
dc.identifier.issn 2222-582X
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Department of Ancient Languages, University of Pretoria en
dc.rights © Unisa Press en
dc.subject Healing en
dc.subject Restoration en
dc.subject Blind man en
dc.subject John 9:1-41 en
dc.subject.lcsh Passion narratives (Gospels) en
dc.subject.lcsh Bible. N.T. John—Criticism, interpretation, etc en
dc.title The healing of the blind man in John en
dc.type Article en

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