We’re in John 4 today . . . I’d love for you to share your thoughts!
Observations & Questions
Authors can use repetition to emphasize theme. They can also use it to contribute to the tone and feel of a narrative. (See Nigel Beynon and Andrew Sach, Dig Deeper: Tools for Understanding God’s Word, 89-95.)
Note the words/concepts repeated in these verses:
How does repetition contribute to theme in this chapter?
How does repetition contribute to the tone and feel of this chapter?
4:10 – what is the “gift of God?”
4:12 – this is John’s way of showing the reader: “Something greater than Jacob is here” (cf. Matthew 12:6, 41, 42)
4:26 – the moment of self-disclosure; how does this verse contribute to any larger themes in John’s narrative?