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John 1:29

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1:29 On the next day John 1  saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God 2  who takes away the sin of the world!

John 1:36

Context
1:36 Gazing at Jesus as he walked by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 3 

1 tn Grk “he”; the referent (John) has been supplied in the translation for clarity.

2 sn Gen 22:8 is an important passage in the background of the title Lamb of God as applied to Jesus. In Jewish thought this was held to be a supremely important sacrifice. G. Vermès stated: “For the Palestinian Jew, all lamb sacrifice, and especially the Passover lamb and the Tamid offering, was a memorial of the Akedah with its effects of deliverance, forgiveness of sin and messianic salvation” (Scripture and Tradition in Judaism [StPB], 225).

3 sn This section (1:35-51) is joined to the preceding by the literary expedient of repeating the Baptist’s testimony about Jesus being the Lamb of God (1:36, cf. 1:29). This repeated testimony (1:36) no longer has revelatory value in itself, since it has been given before; its purpose, instead, is to institute a chain reaction which will bring John the Baptist’s disciples to Jesus and make them Jesus’ own disciples.



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