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Theology

Eric John Wyckoff

John 4:1–42 among the Biblical Well Encounters

Pentateuchal and Johannine Narrative Reconsidered

[Johannes 4,1–42 unter den biblischen Begegnungen am Brunnen. Pentateuchische und johanneische Erzählungen neu überdacht.]

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In this volume, Eric John Wyckoff examines four biblical texts which narrate encounters between a woman and a man at a well. The episodes in Genesis 24 and 29, Exodus 2 and John 4 share similar literary features, but the contrasts are revealing. Their complex interrelation represents an interpretive key.
In this study, Eric John Wyckoff proposes a new approach to an ongoing scholarly discussion. How can the relationship among the encounters at wells narrated in the Pentateuch (Genesis 24 and 29, Exodus 2) and the New Testament (John 4) be defined? Does the latter assume the reader’s familiarity with the former? If so, then what sort of interpretation of the Torah texts is presupposed, and what significance does this have for the exegesis of the Gospel pericope? The author analyzes the literary parallels and investigates textual clues as to how these came to be intertwined with words and actions of Jesus and thematically refocused in the Fourth Gospel. What comes to light is a complex interrelation which does not fall neatly into a single literary category, inviting readers to interpret the Johannine Samaria narrative in light of three passages from the Pentateuch, and vice versa.
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Eric John Wyckoff Born 1963; 1990 M.A. and 1992 M.Div. Pontifical College Josephinum; 2004 D.Min. Barry University; 2010 S.S.L. Pontifical Biblical Institute; 2020 S.S.D. Studium Biblicum Franciscanum; 1999–2003 Lecturer and 2009–12 Assistant Professor at the Instituto Teológico Salesiano, Tlaquepaque, México; since 2012 Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at the Salesian Pontifical University, Jerusalem Campus.
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