That the Scriptures Might Be Fulfilled through Perfect Worship

An Investigation of John 19:36-37

By Nathanael R. Polinski, O.S.B.

That the Scriptures Might Be Fulfilled through Perfect Worship

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  • ISBN: 9781532663154
  • Pages: 198
  • Publication Date: 11/12/2019
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That the Scriptures Might Be Fulfilled through Perfect Worship

An Investigation of John 19:36-37

By Nathanael R. Polinski, O.S.B.

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  • ISBN: 9781532663154
  • Pages: 198
  • Publication Date: 11/12/2019
  • Retail Price: $25.00
Web Price: $20.00
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The hour of Jesus is a fundamental theme running throughout John’s Gospel (2:4—19:27) referring to Jesus’ glorification (7:39; 12:16, 23, 28; 13:31, 32; 16:14; 17:1, 5) in his passion and death (3:14; 8:28; 12:32, 34). Immediately after the culmination of Jesus’ hour (19:25–30) John provides a unique account of things that took place following Jesus’ death (19:31–34), apparently important to his audience (19:35), in which he recognizes scriptural fulfillment (19:36–37). At first glance, the fulfillment attested by the scriptures explicitly provided seems straightforward and of little significance, simply corresponding with the fundamental elements of the narrative in 19:32–33. Yet such an understanding runs contrary to John’s limited use of explicit Scripture citations (compared with the other evangelists) at a most critical moment in the Gospel. Rather, consistent with his allusive and engaging style, the evangelist relies on his audience to utilize the context he provides and the contexts he has presumed throughout his Gospel to perceive the depth and the expansiveness of the fulfillment he has recognized in Jesus’ hour. It is through these contexts that we gain greater insight into the fulfillment attested by John 19:36–37, illuminating Jesus’ hour and the entire Gospel.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“Polinski has admirably demonstrated the immense significance that the climactic double citation of Scripture in John 19:36–37 has for understanding this Gospel. His erudite, comprehensive, and well-written study will be of value to all interested not only in the Gospel of John but in the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, in audience-oriented exegesis, and in the theme of worship in the New Testament.”

—John Paul Heil, Professor of New Testament, The Catholic University of America



“In this elegantly-written book, Nathanael Polinski demonstrates how the gradual unfolding of the theme of worship prepares the ground for understanding scriptural fulfillment in the Fourth Gospel’s passion account. Sensitive to this Gospel’s intertextual and intratextual allusions, and to ancient Jewish exegetical methods, Polinski opens up the rich potential of John’s Old Testament quotations. This is a rich and insightful contribution, from an author who has drunk deeply from the Johannine spring.”

—Ian Boxall, Associate Professor of New Testament, The Catholic University of America



“Father Nathaniel Polinski situates us, as readers of John's Gospel, exactly where we need to be: in the context of worship in first-century Judaism. Using just two verses he shows us the expository and explanatory power of a liturgical hermeneutic. John presents Christ as the fulfillment of Israel’s prophecy—but also the fulfillment of its worship in the Temple feasts and sacrifices. Through the signs of water and blood, true worship continues in the ministry of the church. This is an unusual book, scholarly but meditative. It excites the mind as it invites us to prayer and contemplation.”

—Scott Hahn, Fr. Michael Scanlan Professor of Biblical Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Contributors-

Nathanael R. Polinski, O.S.B.

Bio(s)-

Nathanael R. Polinski, O.S.B., received his MDiv and STB degrees from Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA, and his Doctorate in Sacred Theology in Biblical Studies from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He is on the regular faculty of Saint Vincent Seminary as an assistant professor and serves on the adjunct faculty of Saint Vincent College.

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