reading jesus writing 353 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2004 Biblical Interpretation 12, 4 Also available online – www.brill.nl READING JESUS WRITING GEORGE AICHELE Adrian College Sense appears and is played out at the surface (at least if one knows how to mix it properly) in such a way that it forms letters of dust. It is like a fogged-up window pane on which one can write with one’s finger (Gilles Deleuze). 1 1. The Word and the World The Gospel of John is one of the most evidently logocentric texts ever written. From its opening lines in a hymn that sings the incarnation of the divine Word in the midst of the ignorant world, to a climax in which Jesus is “lifted up from the earth [in order to] draw all men to myself” (12:32, Revised Standard Version), and then on to a concluding scene in which the risen Lord gives final instructions (“feed my sheep,” 21:17) to his closest disciples, John presents itself as a “fabric of signs” that has been “preceded by a truth, or a meaning already constituted by and within the element of the logos.” 2 This is quite explicit even in the
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