Chapter 7, Great Gospel of John, Book 1
35. The next day again John was standing (at the river Jordan) with two of his disciples.
1. The original text, for instance, of verse 35 reads: ‘The next day John was standing again with two of his disciples.’ Here arises the question: Where was he standing and were the two disciples together with him or were they standing in a different spot, only at the same time? - One must notice right away that neither the place nor the action of the two disciples has here been stated.
2. Why has the evangelist failed to mention this?
3. The reason why has already been indicated for, especially at he time when it was customary to write like this, it would have been quite certain and obvious that John was standing at the river Jordan under a willow waiting form someone to come to be baptised. And since he had several disciples who listened to his teaching and also recorded it, usually two, but when there was much work more were with him, assisting with the baptisms and probably also baptising in his name and in the way he did it.
4. Since at that time all these circumstances were only too familiar to the people around John, they were not recorded. It was then customary to write like that, but also necessary due to the lack of writing material, wherefore only the main point was recorded and by beginning a sentence with ‘and’ it was indicated whether the apparently separate sentences were related to each other or not. For this reason such conjunctions were seldom put in letters before the main sentences that had reference to each other, but certain known signs were used.
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