Spousal Metaphor in the Gospel of John. Part 2: The Messianic Wedding (Jn 12–20)

Author: Adam Kubiś

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26142/stgd-2018-025

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Abstract

The article traces all major allusions to and echoes of spousal metaphor in Jn 12–20, including both their description and critical evaluation. As it turns out, the episode of the anointing of Jesus in Bethany (12:1-11) opens a whole series of allusions to nuptial imagery found throughout the second part of John’s Gospel, which unfolds the story of Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection. John’s use of the spousal metaphor reveals that Jesus’ death should be understood as the Messianic wedding.

Keywords

The Gospel of John, spousal metaphor, Messianic wedding, Messianic bridegroom, Jesus’ death, Mary Magdalene