'I WILL NOT YET ENTER INTO THE HOLY RITE'. THE ROLE OF 'TELETE' IN NONNIAN EXEGESIS OF JOHN 7:8 ('Nie wyrusze jeszcze na swieta uroczystosc. Termin telete w nonnianskiej egzegezie Ewangelii sw. Jana 7,8)
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Jesus' refusal to go up to the Feast of Tabernacles, described in John 7:8 seems to stand in contradiction to his subsequent participation in the celebration. That contradiction drew the attention of early commentators pointing out the deeper meaning buried in Jesus' words. In his Paraphrase VII, 31-34, Nonnus of Panopolis shows a similarintention. By means of the term 'telete' he discloses a connection between Jesus' answerand his redemptive sacrifice, implying that Jesus is no longer speaking about the Jewish feast but about new Christian rites which would take place after his Resurrection.
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