Tractates on the Gospel of John - Vol. 5

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TRACTATE 124
On John 21.19-25

IT IS NO small question why, when he manifested himself to the disciples a third time, the Lord said to the Apostle Peter, "Follow me," but concerning the Apostle John, "So I will have him to remain till I come. What is it to you?" We are devoting the very last discourse of this work, as the Lord himself may grant, to expounding this question, or solving it. Therefore, when the Lord had given an indication to Peter by what death he would glorify God, "He says to him, 'Follow me.' Peter, turning about, saw that disciple following whom Jesus loved, who had also leaned on his breast at the supper and said, 'Lord, who is he who shall betray you?' When Peter therefore had seen him, he says to Jesus, 'Lord, what about this man?' Jesus says to him, 'So I will have him to remain till I come. What is it to you? Do you follow me!' This saying therefore went among the brothers that that disciple is not going to die. And Jesus did not say, 'He is not going to die,' but 'So I will have him to remain until I come. What is it to you?'" Look how far in this Gospel is protracted a question that by its profundity in no small measure exercises the mind of the investigator. For why is "Follow me" said to Peter and is not said to the others who were present at the same time? And surely they were following him as disciples [follow] their master. But if it must be understood with reference to suffering, did Peter alone suffer for Christ's truth? Was there not among those seven another son of Zebedee, John's brother, who after his ascension is disclosed to have been killed by Herod?1. But someone may say that, because James was not crucified, it was rightly said to Peter, "Follow me," as he experienced not only death but also the death of the cross, as Christ [did]. So be it if nothing else can be found which is more suitable. Therefore,

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Sc. James. Cf. Acts 12.2. On the seven disciples there see Jn 21.2.

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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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