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81-82, and has given rise to a creative interpretation that considers the text an adaptation of Judaic haggadic traditions on the feast of Ahasuerus in the book of Esther in R. 17-29 (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1988). 54 The Symbol of Water in the Gospel of John the easily distinguished opening and closing verses the reader finds a series of events only roughly connected with one another. Rather than attempting to force this sequence of events into a neatly constructed framework, I have divided the main body of the narrative into component parts by noting the changes in characters.

After announcing the change in time, the narrator depicts John catching sight of Jesus and declaring 20. This is distinct from the Bethany of ch. 11 and its precise location is not known. 44. 21. R. Bultmann, The Gospel of John (trans. R. Beasley-Murray; Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1971), p. 94; Lightfoot, St John's Gospel, pp. 9798; and R. Schnackenburg, The Gospel according to St John (trans. K. 294. 46 The Symbol of Water in the Gospel of John with startling alacrity, 'Behold the lamb of God'.

Sawicki, 'How to Teach Christ's Disciples', Lexington Theological Quarterly 21 (1986), pp. S. Smalley, 'Salvation Proclaimed VIII. 29-34', ExpTim 93 (1982), pp. 324-29 (325). 6. Cf. K. Barth, Witness to the Word: A Commentary on John 1 (ed. W. Furst; trans. W. Bromiley; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1986), p. 143. 2. Water and the Beginning of the Ministry of Jesus 39 John identifies himself to a delegation from Jerusalem. He first declares who he is not and who he is and then relates his identity to his baptismal activity.

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