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Section 5.1.1: A Geographical Transition (Jn 4.54-5.1)
54Jesus did this second sign when he came back from Judaea into Galilee. 5 1Afterward there was a Jewish festival and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Some commentators have attempted to identify this festival in the hope that such an identification would shed light on the healing that follows. Unfortunately there really is not enough information given. In fact what is important about the subsequent healing in the mind of the Evangelist seems to be the fact that it took place on the Sabbath, not any festival associations. Apparently this mention is made primarily to explain why Jesus has gone to Jerusalem. For discussion, see Brown 1966 p 206 and Carson pp 240-1.
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