Gospel Truth in Literary Masterpieces
I love these two stories from chapters 4 and 9 in the Gospel of John. The Woman at the Well was the Mass reading for Sunday, March 15th, and The Man Born Blind was the reading for yesterday, March 22. Reading them always reminds me of the Gospel of John course I took 18 years ago at the Lutheran seminary. So, I just decided to share a bit about the sophisticated structure and context of the two stories from assignments in that class.
It is good to remember that the ancient Greek had neither punctuation nor paragraphs and depended heavily on structure to indicate beginnings and endings and key points in the text. One tool used was chaistic structure as explained here. Such structure can easily be seen in both of these stories.
If this is too much, just ignore it. I hope we get back to meeting soon. I’m not up to defending all this but just offer it as food for thought while we have all this thinking time available.
The Man Born Blind
The Woman at the Well