The Death Of Jesus 's ' The Dark Of Night '

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In order to fully understand my passage, we must peek at what happened just prior to verse 25. A large crowd had been following Jesus around because of the signs he was doing. Jesus had just fed 5000 men, plus women and children, with five loaves and two fish. The crowd identified Jesus as ‘the prophet who is to come into the world’(v. 14) and were about to take him and forcefully make him King (Fowl, 1).
Fast forward now, to the section I have chosen to analyze. This massive group of people, the ‘crowd’ had found him after he moved to the other side of the sea in the dark of night. Jesus accuses them: “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves” (v. 26). According to Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D., this is one of only 25 places in John where Jesus begins his statement with this saying “very truly, I tell you.” Later in this same section Jesus uses it again (v. 32). In the Greek, this literally says αμην, αμην lego hymin, (amen, amen, I say unto you) (Nestle, 247). This is important texture; the way Jesus uses the term seems counter culture to the way it is used throughout the Hebrew scriptures.“In the Hebrew Bible, the word "Amen" connotes agreement, certainty, faithfulness” (Just, 1). It is a form of agreement; let it be so!, and it is always found at the end of a passage. Jesus, however, uses the term at the beginning of his statements rather than at the end. This turns it from a form of agreement,…

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