n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - as a family event in John 13:1-20

Volume 89, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



Footwashing was a common activity in ancient Mediterranean societies. In Israel it was the duty of a non-Jewish slave to perform this task; therefore the disciples of Jesus were surprised that Jesus washed their feet. In this paper it is argued that Jesus did this as part of a family setting and that it is actually the last thing he did for his friends before his departure. The foot washing is then the decisive moment of 'the hour' that was already anticipated from the beginning of the gospel narrative. By going away, Jesus makes it possible for his disciples to become part of the new family of God.

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