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The Voice of the Bridegroom, the Record of John? Some Thoughts on John 3:29 E-mail
Written by Michael Tait   
Monday, 02 July 2012 16:37

Michael Tait holds the Licence in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the PhD from the University of Manchester.

The difference in emphasis between the Johannine Baptist and the John of the Synoptics is well-known: whereas the latter is portrayed as an eschatological prophet preaching repentance, the focus of the former is almost exclusively on his role as a witness to Jesus.  Related to this basic contrast, two other differences in detail are worth noticing. Only in the Fourth Gospel does John describe himself as the Voice in the Wilderness (1:23), and only there does he describe Jesus as the Bridegroom.

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