Curing on the Sabbath (Jn 7:23-7:23)

“A man receives


On the Sabbath

In order that

The law of Moses

May not be broken.

Are you angry

With me


I healed

A man’s whole body

On the Sabbath?”

εἰ περιτομὴν λαμβάνει ἄνθρωπος ἐν σαββάτῳ ἵνα μὴ λυθῇ ὁ νόμος Μωϋσέως, ἐμοὶ χολᾶτε ὅτι ὅλον ἄνθρωπον ὑγιῆ ἐποίησα ἐν σαββάτῳ;

John uniquely indicated that Jesus said that a man (ἄνθρωπος) received circumcision (εἰ περιτομὴν λαμβάνει) on the Sabbath (ἐν σαββάτῳ) in order that (ἵνα) the law of Moses (ὁ νόμος Μωϋσέως) may not be broken (μὴ λυθῇ).  Why were they angry with him (ἐμοὶ χολᾶτε) because (ὅτι) he had made sound (ὑγιῆ ἐποίησα) an entire man or his whole body (ὅλον ἄνθρωπον) on the Sabbath (ἐν σαββάτῳ)?  This was an allusion to chapter 5, when Jesus cured the man at the Sheep Gate’s Pool in Jerusalem.  Couldn’t Jesus cure the man, since they perform circumcisions on the Sabbath also.  This was a like a rabbinical argument about the Mosaic law.  Quite often the synoptic gospels brought up this same question about Jesus curing on the Sabbath.  Here the focus is on healing versus circumcision.  What kind of rest do you observe on the Sabbath?

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