Lectionary Year B
April 13, 2003
John 12:12-16

Step II: Disposition

A. Genre

(JFC) Here we have an almost Mark-like abbreviated account of an event in Jesus' life on the way to Jerusalem for His suffering and death. The scene is set with few words. Likewise, the participants in the drama are identified. Immediately thereupon the actions are described and the script is recited. More succinct action is reported succinctly and a brief quote from Scripture is given. Finally an observation of the disciples' lack of understanding is admitted and then their recollection is said to inform them of what they at first missed. It is curt and in concise words narrated as if given in short hand.

B. Personal Interaction

(JFC) Does the crowd with the palm branches compliment Jesus thusly or what? Does their use of the word, "Hosanna" acclaim their praise or beseech help for them and/or for their deliverance? Are we sure John didn't copy Mark's report of this event verbatim? Didn't Mark write more of the disciples' confusion, etc., more than John? To what exactly is Jesus' glorification referred?

C. Organization

(JFC) The waving of palm branches in the 13th verse, as is the use of the word, "Hosanna". The disciples' confusion and their recollection/recognition are in verse 16.

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