Sunday, May 06, 2012

Frederic Louis Godet's Reading of John 14:14

Frederic Louis Godet argues that the "me" in John 14:14 seems to be an "absolutely impossible" reading since it makes little sense to ask Jesus something in his own name. Compare John 15:16; 16:23-24. This commentator also insists that Tischendorf, Weiss and Westcott defend the indefensible when they argue for the genuineness of the reading "me."

See Godet's Commentary on the Gospel of John, With an Historical and Critical Introduction (page 154). It is available on Google Books for free.

6 comments:

digiSapientia said...

Here it is:

http://archive.org/stream/commentaryongospelhistoric02gode#page/277/mode/1up

Reality checker said...

Godet was a respected 19th century trinitarian theologian that subscribed to the kenoticist movement wich arose in the later 19th century within German theological circles. his exposition of john 1:14 regarding the the mechanics of what happened during the Word becoming flesh' event were also spot on.

Anonymous said...

Hola,

Sorry, I don´t find the correct edition. There are a lot of editions. Page 154, page 277??? Nothing ...

http://archive.org/search.php?query=godet%20commentary%20john%20AND%20mediatype%3Atexts

Can you help me?

googlebooks don´t work

Edgar Foster said...

Anonymous, I was using google reader. But here is the same book on google books: http://books.google.com/books?id=zx8WAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

Try page 277

Anonymous said...

Hey Edgar,

Thank you for sharing Godet's comments, which reflect sound judgment. As we've discussed in the past, John 1:18 is another place where I'm inclined to favor the reading with the least textual support, again for logical reasons.

I've contemplated John 14:14 in an effort to discern what it could potentially mean if the more common reading should turn out to be original. The only interpretation that seems plausible to me is that by "in my name" Jesus meant something like "in recognition of the authority given me (Jesus) by the Father." If so, then this is another case where a comment made by Jesus, while quite striking, is nevertheless in harmony with the agency model.

~Kaz

Edgar Foster said...

Hello Kaz,

John 1:18 is a good case to ponder in this regard. There are good arguments for either reading.

Regarding John 14:14, Godet suggests that "name" (in this context) could refer to the person himself or it could reference the cause of someone. But he denies that "name" has that meaning in John 14:14. Maybe we could understand the text in the way you propose. There is evidently good evidence for construing onoma that way too.