Tractates on the Gospel of John - Vol. 3

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TRACTATE 48

On John 10.22-42

AS I HAVE already shown you, my dear people, you ought to keep it firmly in mind that the holy Evangelist John wishes us not to be always nourished with milk but to feed upon solid food. But whoever is still less fit for taking the solid food of God's word, let him be nourished with the milk of faith and let him not hesitate to believe the word which he cannot understand. For faith is a meritorious act, understanding a prize. In the very effort of concentration our mind's eye works hard to remove the stains of human mistiness and to be made clear for the word of God. Therefore, let no effort be refused if love is present; for you know that he who loves does not feel burdened by his effort. For all effort is burdensome to those who do not love. If lust supports such great efforts among the greedy, does love not support them among us?

2. Turn your attention to the Gospel. "Now the feast of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem." The Encaenia (feast of the Dedication 1.) was a celebration of the dedication of the temple. For in Greek ℵαινόν 2. means new. Whenever something new was dedicated, the name Encaenia was given. Now, too, common usage employs this term; if anyone is dressed in

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1.
This is the feast of Hanukkah held in mid-December to celebrate the building of a new altar and the rededication of the Temple in 165 B.C. after Judas Maccabeus drove the Syrians, who had profaned the altar of holocausts, out of Jerusalem. See R. E. Brown, The Anchor Bible 29.401; B. Vawter, JBC 2.445.
2.
In the Latin text the feast is called the Encaenia, a transliteration of the Greek ἐνℵαίνια, from the prepositional prefix ἐν and the root ℵαιν-, meaning renovation or renewal, used in the Sepuagint to translate Hanukkah which means dedication and as the common term for the dedication of temples. See R. E. Brown, The Anchor Bible, 29.402.

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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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