LEST: The Letter and the Spirit: On the Forgotten Documents of Vatican II edition:X location:Leuven, Belgium date:26-29 October 2015
Jesus as the Truth is both referred to in Nostra Aetate 2 and in Ad Gentes 8 and 13. Truth is only referred to thrice in NA and the reference is clearly given as Jn 14:6. On the other hand, there are twelve occurrences of the word truth in AG. Among the references to truth most are coming from the Gospel of John. Jn 1:14 is the source of AG 3. In AG 8, truth is mentioned along with way although the biblical source is not cited whereas in AG 13, truth is mentioned in the context of the way, the truth and the life and the source is Jn 14:6. In AG 9, truth is again mentioned citing Jn 4:23. The only other citation of a biblical reference regarding truth is 1 Tim 2:4. In this paper, I propose that the proclamation of truth in the person of Jesus based on Jn 14:6 which are cited in NA 2 as well as AG 8 and 13 are understandable in light of the Greco-Roman segregative commensality. The more exclusive the understanding of truth in this narrative context, the more inclusive the text can be understood in light of dialogue and the more challenging it is in light of mission particularly in the context of Jewish-Christian relations. In this paper I will situate the Christological claim to truth in Jn 14:6 in the Greco-Roman symposium and discuss its implications in the use of the passage in NA 2 and AG 8 and 13.