Lectionary Year A
May 12, 2002
John 17:1-11



(DH)* v.2 Has God given Jesus authority "of" all flesh or "over" all flesh? Does this mean that Jesus has "merely" as much authority as a "human being of flesh and blood can have, or was he given an authority that goes way beyond that? And do the two, the fleshly and the more than fleshly authority, necessarily oppose one another?

* v.3 Note that Jesus does not promise eternal "bios," i.e. biological life. It seems that the eternal "life," "zoe", has a different quality of sorts.

* Throughout this pericope, the writer switches tenses between "edokas" and "dedoka." Whereas "God's" giving appears to be a one-time thing (aorist "edoka"), Jesus' giving implies an action which began in the past and is still ongoing (perfect - dedoka). Interesting!

* v.8 Both the "believing" and the "having-been-sent" are a one-time thing (aorist). There appears to be no doubt as to where Jesus came from.

* v.11 cf. the "Book of Revelation" in which Jesus is characterized as "the one who was, and who is, and who is the coming one!"

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