Book Review Part 4 of Dan Lioy’s “Jesus as Torah in John 1-12”; Chp. 4 “Jesus as Torah in John 2-4: Jesus as Torah Changing Water into Wine (John 2:1-11)”

Posted: January 10, 2008 by Rick Hogaboam in Biblical Studies, Book Reviews, Christology
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Dr. Lioy would like to encourage interested readers of Rick’s blog to recommend Jesus as Torah in John 1-12 to acquisition librarians in their area. Often, the latter are very open to receive suggestions for new titles to include in their library holdings, and this involves no direct cost to the person making the recommendation. It also has the added benefit of making new works such as Dr. Lioy’s more widely available through interlibrary loan at no cost to interested readers. The following is the typical information acquisition librarians would want provided:

Title: Jesus as Torah in John 1-12
Author: Dan Lioy
Year of publication: 2007
Description: English Book Book ix, 307 p. ; 23 cm.
Publisher: Eugene, OR : Wipf & Stock Pubs.
ISBN-10: 1556354754
ISBN-13: 9781556354755

Due to the length of the chapter and my comments on such, I will divide my review of this chapter up into 6 different mini reviews. This is the first.

“Jesus as Torah Changing Water into Wine (John 2:1-11)” 

Commenting on Jesus’ participation in the Cana wedding, Lioy states that “The marriage celebration was a symbolic reminder that the age of Messiah had dawned…” (p. 76).  It is interesting to note that only John records this miracle and that it sort of serves as the coming out party for Jesus. If it was in fact John’s intent to symbolically connect the wedding theme with the advent of the Messiah’s reign, then it can be seen why it comes as Jesus first miracle in John’s gospel.

Mary appeals to her son for help, probably because the bride was a family friend, and Jesus’ response evidences a reluctance to get involved. Anyhow, we know how the story plays out. Jesus instructs that 6 jars be filled with water and then served to the host, who is impressed. Lioy reasons that this first miracle served more as a discovery for the few who were even aware of what took place…that he was not interested in drawing the attention of the crowd, “Jesus did not call for a pause in the festivities , and He did not summon everyone’s attention…Jesus performed His miracle in a quiet and humble manner” (p. 80).

Lioy sums that Jesus’ glory was seen in two aspects in this particular miracle: “…His love for the neighborhood people and His control over the elements of nature” (p. 81). I can see why sinners liked hanging with Jesus; He cared about people. He aided in the celebration of a peasant’s wedding and therefore shows us that He is full of love…an extraordinary love that reaches out to us no matter our situation or status.



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