10. COLOURLESS DESCRIPTIONS IN JN.
Further, in how colourless a way many of the scenes in Jn. are
sketched! Certain Greeks come (xii. 20) to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast and
wish to see Jesus. They apply to Philip; he tells Andrew, and both inform Jesus.
Up to this point every word suggests that we are dealing with an eye-witness, so
precise is every statement. And then? “But Jesus answered them” (i.e. the two
disciples), “the hour is come that the Son of Man should be glorified,” &c. He
makes a reference to his impending death, to which he cheerfully reconciles himself.
Whether the Greeks were admitted to see him, what they said, what Jesus said to
them—about all this we hear nothing. Similarly, the conversation with Nicodemus,
to take another example (iii. 1-21), has no conclusion. It is again clear that the 79author is not concerned about the persons who come into touch
with Jesus, but entirely about Jesus himself.