John 9:1-41

Commentary Excerpt by Tom Boomershine

This story is structured in five sections. The first begins with, "As Jesus walked along he saw a man blind from birth," and ends with his saying, "I don't know" in response to their question, "Where is he?" There are seven episodes in this first set.

The second section starts with the Pharisees interrogating the formerly blind man. This section has the tone of a judicial hearing. The section ends with the healed man saying,"He's a prophet."

The third section is the interrogation of the man's parents by the Pharisees. It begins with"The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight," and ends with "He is of age; ask him." It is important to convey the fear of the man's parents that is implicit in the agreement among the Jews that anyone who would confess Jesus would be put out of the synagogue.

The fourth section is the second interrogation of the blind man in which the level of conflict builds to the climax of the expulsion of the formerly blind man from the synagogue. This is also the section in which the blind man comes into his own and begins to speak with confidence and authority. In response, they cast him out of the synagogue -the climax of the story.The fifth section is the conversation between Jesus and the blind man, in which he makes his confession of faith. It is here that he becomes fully a person and responds to Jesus directly with no sense of hesitation or inferiority.

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