Thursday, November 10, 2016
Jesus’ Patris in John 4:44—Chris Keith
At SBL next week, one of my papers will deal with the portrayal of Jesus as a Galilean in the Gospel of John. I'll be presenting with Marianne Meye Thompson, James Crossley, and Jens Schroeter in one of the final sessions of the John, Jesus, and History group (9am CST, convention center 302C). This was organized by Craig Koester and he'll be publishing the proceedings.
In general, I'll be arguing that the Gospel of John does care that Jesus was a Galilean and, in fact, cares quite a lot about it. That may sound like I'm stating the obvious to some of you, but I assure you that both things have been heavily contested (and also frequently defended) in Johannine scholarship. But the research for this paper has brought me to one of the real problem texts of the Gospel of John, John 4:44. This is where John's Gospel includes the proverbial saying of Jesus about a prophet not receiving honor in his hometown (patris), known also from the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and Thomas.
Which city or region John 4:44 considers Jesus' patris is, however, not as clear as one might hope. I'll have my own answer to the question, but I wondered what readers of the Jesus Blog thought.
With only reading the verse in context and not consulting commentaries, what would you say is Jesus' patris in John 4:44?