Re: John 11:35

From: Jonathan Robie (
Date: Mon Jun 22 1998 - 10:45:36 EDT

At 12:21 PM 6/21/98 -0700, wrote:
>Jonathan Robie wrote:
>> At 08:07 PM 6/19/98 -0500, Eric Weiss wrote:
>> >Regardless of whether they were tears of anger or sorrow, I
>> >never did like "burst into tears" - but maybe it conveys
>> >something different to me than it did when Robertson wrote
>> >these words decades ago. Is "Jesus wept" the only alternative?
>> Started crying?
>> Broke into tears?
>I'm with you on this one, Jonathan ~ "Burst into tears" makes me laugh
>out loud, sounding, as it toes, to our current ears cheaply
>melodramatic. I like "Jesus wept." And even more, I like the
>indefinite English historical present: "Jesus weeps." He does weep,
>you know... And I believe this is the first time in John that this
>fact is noted, though I could be mistaken. As a response, it follows
>everyone saying "Come and see," which interestingly is the same thing
>Jesus said to his first disciples in John in response to their enquiry
>of where Jesus was remaining, which is the same remaining that caused
>the death of Lazarus in the first place...
>So it all fits together somehow, in John's childlike and simplistic
>and enigmatic way of narration, and I have to believe that, when
>finally understood, it will prove profoundly simple, and equally deep
>beneath the chatter of our very inadequate intellectual efforts to
>sound it out.
>George Blaisdell
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