Sunday, November 29, 2020

Poison, or refreshing drink?

Professor Webster does not take a consistent position concerning the vinegar, whether it is a poison or a refreshing drink:

The correct interpretation is probably somewhere in between; it is probably neither poison nor a refreshing drink. On the one hand, the drink does coincide with Jesus' death and so may appear to be life-taking. On the other hand, Jesus' death enables life for those who believe in him, so the vinegar is ultimately - and ironically - life-giving. (Ingesting Jesus, page 179)

Webster needs to present a clear argument to settle her interpretation, but I doubt that the solution is found somewhere in between. There is irony, of course, in that Jesus accepts the vinegar, and in doing so carries out the Father's will, completing His works, which is the Son's food, as we know from elsewhere in John.

I think that Webster didn't read my entire thesis, or she would have found the answer to her question.


At 5:22 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

I have found that apple cider vinegar (with "mother") is a wonderful tonic, and moreover recent use has cured some pain I had been feeling in my knees.

At 6:48 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Sounds promising. But will it cure the ache in our souls?

Jeffery Hodges

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At 3:17 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

No. But giving thanks for being relived of the pain will.

At 7:25 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Good point. Thanks for the reminder.

Jeffery Hodges

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