Nisi Pedes, ‘Except for the Feet’: Footwashing in the Community of John’s Gospel

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Arts and Humanities | Christianity | History of Christianity | Liturgy and Worship | Religion


It is my intention in the present investigation to use the fruits of some of the disciplines of biblical studies — literary criticism, redaction criticism, and textual criticism of the Gospel of John, in particular — to shed light on worship in the first century, worship at its earliest extant Christian stratum. In so doing, we will find that what we know about worship in the first century can inform what might be discovered in biblical texts. At the end of the essay I will suggest what some of the ecclesiological, theological, and pastoral implications of the study might be for communities today.