Lots more not written (Jn 21:25-21:25)

“But there are also

Many other things

That Jesus did.

If every one of them

Were written down,

I suppose

That the world itself

Could not contain

The books

That would be written.”

Ἔστιν δὲ καὶ ἄλλα πολλὰ ἃ ἐποίησεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς, ἅτινα ἐὰν γράφηται καθ’ ἕν, οὐδ’ αὐτὸν οἶμαι τὸν κόσμον χωρήσειν τὰ γραφόμενα βιβλία.

John uniquely indicated that there were also many other things (Ἔστιν δὲ καὶ ἄλλα πολλὰ) that Jesus (ὁ Ἰησοῦς) did (ἃ ἐποίησεν).  If every one of them were written down (ἅτινα ἐὰν γράφηται καθ’ ἕν), he supposed (οἶμαι) that not even the world itself (οὐδ’ αὐτὸν…τὸν κόσμον) could contain (χωρήσειν) the books (βιβλία) that would be written (τὰ γραφόμενα).  John was the only canonical gospel writer who used this Greek word οἶμαι that means to suppose, to expect, to think, to imagine.  This concluding remark said that much more could be written about Jesus and what he did.  However, in a use of hyperbole, John said that the world itself could not contain all the books that could be written.  In other words, there was a lot left unsaid about Jesus and his activities here on earth in the first century of the common era.  This is like the first conclusion in chapter 20:30 where John concluded this work about Jesus.  He said that Jesus (ὁ Ἰησοῦς) did (ἐποίησεν) many other signs (Πολλὰ μὲν οὖν καὶ ἄλλα σημεῖα) or miracles in the presence of his disciples (ἐνώπιον τῶν μαθητῶν), that were not written (ἃ οὐκ ἔστιν γεγραμμένα) in this book (ἐν τῷ βιβλίῳ τούτῳ).  This gospel story was not to be all inclusive.  Jesus had done much more, since this narrative was like a sampling.  Jesus had accomplished considerably more than the few instances mentioned here.  Many of the disciples of Jesus had seen further actions and sayings of Jesus.  The world of Jesus was larger than a written book.  It was a real lived lifestyle.  Thus, ended the Gospel of John with the final statement about the Word made flesh being too important to be contained in a few words.  Do you try to restrain Jesus?

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