Doubting Thomas.
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Title:Doubting Thomas
Notes:"The self-critical potential of the Johannine text is dramatized within the text itself. Following Thomas' confession of Jesus as 'my Lord and my God', Jesus replies: 'Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe' (John 20:28-9). The risen Jesus appears to his disciples precisely so that they may see and believe: seeing (and touching), they are not to be unbelieving but believing. There is no other rationale for these appearances than to elicit faith. And yet Jesus' words to Thomas imply a criticism of a faith based on sight. There is no suggestion that later believers who do not see are dependent on a report of what was once seen by apostolic eyewitnesses. On the contrary, the blessing Jesus pronounces is nothing less than a critique of the notion of the apostolic eyewitness, most prominent in Luke-Acts but also tacitly present in the Johannine text itself." (Rowland/Tuckett, 251)
Date:12th century
Building:Church of Saint-Nectaire
Object/Function:Relief sculpture
City/Town:St. Nectaire

Scripture:John 20:19-31
Person as Subject:Thomas, the Apostle (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:CEast02
General Subject:Abbey

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Attribution:Doubting Thomas, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved June 23, 2024]. Original source:
Record Number:54207 Last Updated: 2021-09-09 12:40:10 Record Created: 2009-02-09 11:28:19
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Nature of New Testament theology
Author:Rowland, Christopher and Christopher Mark Tuckett