Tractates on the Gospel of John - Vol. 3

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TRACTATE 35

On John 8.13-14

YOU WHO were present yesterday remember that we discussed for some time the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, where he says, "I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." 1. And if we should still desire to discuss that light, we can speak at length; for we cannot explain it in brief. And so, my brothers, let us follow Christ, the Light of the world, that we may not walk in darkness. Darkness must be feared— of character, not of eyes, and if of eyes, not of external ones, but of the inner ones with which are distinguished, not the white and the black, but the just and the unjust.

2. Therefore, when our Lord Jesus Christ had said these [words], the Jews replied, "You give testimony about yourself. Your testimony is not true." Before our Lord Jesus Christ came, he kindled many prophetic lamps before him and sent them. From among these, there was also John the Baptist, 2. to whom the very great Light itself which is the Lord Christ bore testimony such as to no one of men; for he said, "Among those born of women there has not arisen a greater than John the Baptist." 3. Yet this man, than whom no one among those born of women was greater, says of the Lord, Jesus Christ, "I indeed baptize you with water; but he who is coming is mightier than I, whose shoe I am not worthy to loose." 4. See how the lamp abases himself before the Day. In fact, the Lord himself attests that John was himself a lamp. He says, "He was a lamp,

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1.
Jn 8.12.
2.
On John the Baptist as a lamp, see Tractate 2.8-9, 5.14-15, and 23.2.
3.
Mt 11.11.
4.
Cf. Jn 1.26-27; Mt 3.11.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • Tractates on the Gospel of John 28-54 *
  • Contents v
  • Abbreviations vii
  • Select Bibliography ix
  • Tractates 28-54 *
  • Tractate 28 - On John 7.1-13 3
  • Tractate 29 - On John 7.14-18 14
  • Tractate 30 - On John 7.19-24 22
  • Tractate 31 - On John 7.25-36 30
  • Tractate 32 - On John 7.37-39 41
  • Tractate 33 - On John 7.40-53: 8.I-II 51
  • Tractate 34 - On John 8.12 60
  • Tractate 35 - On John 8.13-14 71
  • Tractate 36 - On John 8.15-18 81
  • Tractate 37 - On John 8.19-20 95
  • Tractate 38 - On John 8.21-25 105
  • Tractate 39 - On John 8.25-27 116
  • Tractate 40 - On John 8.28-32 124
  • Tractate 41 - On John 8.31-36 135
  • Tractate 42 - On John 8.37-47 150
  • Tractate 43 - On John 8.48-59 163
  • Tractate 44 - On John 9 175
  • Tractate 45 - On John 10.1-10 187
  • Tractate 46 - On John 10.11-13 203
  • Tractate 47 - On John 10.14-21 212
  • Tractate 48 - On John 10.22-42 228
  • Tractate 49 - On John Ii.I-54 238
  • Tractate 50 - On John 11.55-12.11 260
  • Tractate 51 - On John 12.12-26 271
  • Tractate 52 - On John 12.27-36 280
  • Tractate 53 - On John 12.37-43 290
  • Tractate 54 - On John 12.44-50 301
  • Indices *
  • General Index 311
  • Index of Holy Scripture 321
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