Tractates on the Gospel of John - Vol. 5

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TRACTATE 121
On John 20.10-29

MARY MAGDALENE had reported to his disciples Peter and John that the Lord had been taken from the sepulcher, and they, coming there, found only the linen cloths in which his body had been enwrapped. And what else could they believe except what she had said, which she herself also had believed? "The disciples therefore departed again to their own quarters," that is, where they were staying and from where they had come to the sepulcher. "But Mary stood outside at the sepulcher, weeping." For although the men returned, a stronger feeling of affection held the weaker sex fixed in the same place. And the eyes that had sought for the Lord and had not found him were now free for tears, grieving more that he had been taken away from the sepulcher than that he had been slain on the wooden cross, since not even a memorial-place was left behind of so great a Teacher whose life had been purloined from them. And so this grief was now holding the woman at the sepulcher. "Then while she was weeping, she stooped down and looked in the sepulcher." Why she did this I do not know. For she was not without knowledge that he for whom she was looking was no longer there inasmuch as she herself had reported to the disciples also that he was taken from there, and they had come to the sepulcher, and not only by looking in but also by going in they had sought the body and had not found it. What, therefore, does it mean that this woman, while she was weeping, stooped down and looked into the sepulcher again? Can it be that, because she was grieving exceedingly, she thought that ready belief ought not be given either her own or their eyes? Or rather was her decision to look produced in her mind by a divine impulse? For she did look. "And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been laid." What does it mean that one was sitting at

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Tractates on the Gospel of John - Vol. 5
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Abbreviations vii
  • Select Bibliography for Tr in Ev ix
  • Select Bibliography for Tr in Io Ep xi
  • Tractates on the Gospel of John 112-24 1
  • Tractate 112 on John 18.1-12 3
  • Tractate 113 on John 18.13-27 9
  • Tractate 114 on John 18.28-32 16
  • Tractate 115 on John 18.33-40 21
  • Tractate 116 on John 19.1-16 27
  • Tractate 117 33
  • Tractate 118 39
  • Tractate 119 45
  • Tractate 120 50
  • Tractate 121 on John 20.10-29 56
  • Tractate 122 on John 20.30-31, 21.1-11 62
  • Tractate 123 74
  • Tractate 124 - On John 21.19-25 82
  • Tractates on the First Epistle of John 1-10 95
  • Introduction 97
  • Prologue 119
  • Tractate 1 on 1 Jn 1.1-2.11 121
  • Tractate 2 on I Jn 2.12--17 141
  • Tractate 3 on 1 Jn 2.18-27 159
  • Tractate 4 on 1 Jn 2.27-3.9 173
  • Tractate 5 on 1 Jn 3.9-18 185
  • Tractate 6 on 1 Jn 3.18-4.3 198
  • Tractate 7 217
  • Tractate 8 on I Jn 4.12-16 228
  • Tractate 9 on 1 Jn 4.17-21 246
  • Tractate 10 on 1 Jn 5.1-3 262
  • Indices 279
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