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In the detailed and carefully formulated text of John 11:1-44 there are two levels which are closely connected and which refer to one another continuously: the narrative level of the miracle story and the theological level, which expresses the true meaning of the reported event. Accordingly, the text has two points of major significance between which there exist not only clear parallels but a deep inner connection as well. The narrative high point is in the verses 38b - 44, and the theological high point in the verses 23-27. The exegetical analysis of these passages as well as that of the text as a whole shows the extent to which the story of the raising of Lazarus is a central document of Johannine Christology and of the soteriology which is based on it.
Founded in 1891. The Zeitschrift für Theologie und Kirche (ZThK) is a scholarly journal devoted to all areas of theological research and the teachings of the church. Contributions from all disciplines within theology concentrate in depth on major issues in theological reflection and Christian practice. They are addressed to students, teachers, clergy and members of the academic profession who wish to participate in contemporary theological debate and to remain abreast of current development.
Die Zeitschrift für Theologie und Kirche (ZThK) erörtert zentrale Themen theologischen Denkens und kirchlicher Praxis. Sie wendet sich an Studierende wie Lehrende, an Pfarrer und Pfarrerinnen, Lehrerinnen und Lehrer, die regelmäßig Einblick in die wichtigsten aktuellen Forschungen in allen theologischen Disziplinen gewinnen wollen. Sie ist eine wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift, die gründlich informiert und zu eigener theologischer Arbeit anregen will.