Re: John 21:19/21 APOLOUQEI

From: Jim West (
Date: Tue May 26 1998 - 22:04:52 EDT

At 06:53 PM 5/26/98 -0700, you wrote:

>My difficulty with this approach is that to my thinking, Peter does
>not NEED to be told to follow Jesus ~ He wants nothing less or else
>than to follow Him.

I think this is highly unlikely. The fact that Peter follows, and then
waffles, and then denies, means that there is more to it than indicated here.

>His problem is in knowing THAT and WHEN he IS
>following Him, and his distractibility when he is doing so, as
>evidenced by his seeing the 'beloved disciple' also following and
>wanting to know 'What about him?'

I dont see Peter in quite this light.

>Hence the context, to me, dictates the indicative AND the imperative,
>and the Greek morphological ambiguity is exactly on point...

No, I dont think so. Though a double entendre is sometimes intentional, I
do not think it is here.

>George Blaisdell


Jim West, ThD
Quartz Hill School of Theology

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