RE: Jn 21:15-17

From: Perry L. Stepp (
Date: Fri Apr 17 1998 - 16:25:06 EDT

Hello, all.

> > Jim
> > I'm very happy to see you say that AGAPAW and FILEW _do_
> > really mean something different (in this dialogue) after all.
> > Without wishing to get on Carson's case again, Fallacies p52
> > ("For various reasons I doubt very much that there is an
> > intended distinction")

Far be it from me to fan flames of further discussion (a little alliteration
there) on this already overbaked topic, but:

Anyone who discusses this already overbaked topic without considering Leon
Morris's discussion of variations in John's vocabulary and style (*Studies
in the Fourth Gospel* [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1969], 293-319) proceeds at
their own peril. Morris convinced me that the variations in 21.15-17 are
part of a pattern of variation common to the fourth gospel, and that the
standard "preacher Greek" interpretation ("Do you love me?" "Yes, I like
you.") is way off base.


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