The cana miracle

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An Allegorical Interpretation

Of The Cana Miracle.

“Do not interpretations belong to God?” (Genesis 40:8b)
“He said to them, ‘Therefore every teacher of the law who has
been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the ownerof a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well
as old.’” (Matthew 13:52).
“Anyone who is learning the teaching of God should share all
the good things he has with his teacher.” (Galatians 6:6)

Table of Contents:

I. Preface.

II.Introduction.

III. The Interpretation of the Cana Miracle: Ten of John’s Source Materials:

1. John’s 1st Source Material: the Genesis Creation Story
A) The New creation motif.
B) The “seven days” in the New Creation and the various meanings of the phrase “the third day”/(( ((((( (( ((((( in Jn. 2:1.
C) The various meanings of “((((”/beginning in Jn. 2:11.
D) The words (((((((( (“Hecreated”) and ((((((( (“it was”) in the Genesis Creation story and John 2.
E) The verb “said” (((((() in both the Genesis Creation story and John 2, and “the response” it causes.
F) The adjective “good” (((((() used in both the Genesis Creation story and John 2.
G) The various meanings of “woman”/((((( in Jn. 2:4.
H) The same root verb (((((() used both in the Genesis Creationstory and in John’s New Creation story.
I) The verb “to breathe” ((((((((((() is used both in the Genesis Creation story and in John’s New Creation story.
J) Mary as the New Eve and as the bride (= the people of God/the Church). Identification of bride and bridegroom.
K) Other Genesis/Creation reverberations.

2. John’s 2nd Source Material: Mark 2:13-22, Luke 5:27-39 and Matthew 9:9-17.a) A source for the bridegroom imagery.
b) A source for the “new wine” motif in Jn. 2:9, 10.
c) A source for the three distinct groups: “the Jews”, John the Baptist and his disciples, and Jesus and His disciples.

3. John’s 3rd Source Material: I Kings 17:18.
a) First source for the thread of the “famine” motif: “What between me and you, woman”/(( (((( ((( (((, (((((.

4.John’s 4th Source Material: Genesis 41:55.
a) Second source for the thread of the “famine” (((((() motif: “Do whatever he tells you”/( (( (( (((( (((( ((((((((.

5. John’s 5th Source Material: Amos 8:11-12 (Psalm 74:9) and Amos 9:11-14.
a) Third source for the thread of the “famine” (((((() motif, but further defining the famine as a “spiritual” famine.
b) Also a source for the“Word”/((((( motif in Jn. 1:1, 14.
c) Also a source for the “new wine”/(((((((((/((((( motif in Jn. 2:9, 10.

6. John’s 6th Source Material: Joel 1:5, 10; 2:19, 24; 2:28-32; 3:18.
a) Fourth source for the thread of the “famine motif”.
b) Second source for the thread of the “new wine” motif in Jn. 2:9, 10, but further defining the “new wine” as the Holy Spirit.
c) Luke’s use of John’s “wine”(=Holy Spirit) symbolism in Acts 2.

7. John's 7th Source Material: II Corinthians 3.
a) A source for the words “servants”/((((((((( in Jn. 2:5, 7, 9; for the word “stone”/((((((( in Jn. 2:6; and for the word “glory”/((((( in Jn. 2:11; as well as a source for the contrast/comparison between the old and the new covenant.
b) Also Rom. 16:25-26, Eph. 1:9-10, 3:2-6, Col. 1:26-27 (a source forthe word “now”/((( in Jn. 2:8, 10).
c) Also Mt. 22:1-14 (a source for the “wedding” ((((((() motif in Jn. 2:1, 2; for the word “invite” (((((() in Jn. 2:2, and the word “servants” (((((((((() in Jn. 2:5, 7, 9.
d) Also Heb. 8-10 (a source for the word “ceremonial cleansing”/(((((((((( in Jn. 2:6).

8. John's 8th Source Material: Galatians 4:4-6 and Ephesians 1:9-10.
a) A...
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