Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Université catholique de Louvain, Peeters
Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses. Louvain Journal of Theology and Canon Law vol:83 pages:243-255
Repetitions and Variations in John location:Leuven date:November 7-9, 2006
The central question of the colloquium that had been posed to the scholars presenting papers was: “How do you treat Repetitions and Variations in the Fourth Gospel from the perspective of your own research?”
The background argument stated that repetitions, variations and amplifications represent the evangelist’s primary techniques for communicating with his readers. While these techniques as such were in widespread use in ancient culture, the Old Testament and in Jewish and early Christian literature, they are particularly prominent in John, and in the hands of the author, the application of these techniques becomes very creative. The frequent repetitions in the Gospel of John have been subject to a variety of explanations. Scholars have ascribed them to the author’s linguistic poverty, the style of an older man, to numerical symbolism, to the structural arrangement of the narrative, to the text’s meditative disposition, a pedagogical aide-memoir, the text’s homiletic background, or to the Gospel’s Christocentrism.