What are we to make of the echoes of Genesis 1-2:3 in John 1-2:11? Is there any correlation between the days in Genesis and the days in John?
Why did Jesus have to be baptized? Was Jesus’ baptism a baptism of repentance?
I’m wondering to what degree you believe that the original authors of the text(s) were deliberately employing [analogies, types, themes, metaphors, “word pictures”, etc.]? Was the intellectual complexity that you perceive present in the original authorship context, or has the Spirit has orchestrated a significantly bigger picture than those authors could have ever intended?
For example, on your recent answer to the Pool of Bethsaida question, you draw attention to and relevance from the 38-year infirmity of the healed man, and offer a many-minutes-long unpacking of the significance of that number and how it fits the oft-employed water theme in the book of John, etc. My question(s), as applied to this particular situation, would be something like the following:
– Was the man really suffering for exactly 38 years, or did John just pick a number that fit the metaphor he intended to convey?
– Did John know the significance of 38 years. Was he intentionally communicating as deeply as [you believe], or is that depth something the Spirit applies “at a layer above”, that is, across the larger biblical narrative?
What’s going on in John 5 with the pool at Bethsaida? Was there a magical healing pool? Does Jesus sanction this healing method? If Jesus didn’t sanction this pool, why doesn’t he condemn it?
Another clip from my Theopolis Institute lectures, this time on marital themes and some of Jesus’ encounters with women in the gospels.
What’s your reading of the Nicodemus story in John 3? Why does Jesus tell him that he must be born again, and what does that mean?