New Testament Studies 61 (2015): 468–481.
Publication year: 2015

This article argues that John 9.4–5 should be reanalysed as an appeal parallel to 12.35–6, so that the ‘night … when no one can work’ of 9.4 corresponds to the ‘darkness’ of 12.35. Viewed in this manner, ‘night’ represents the condemned state of the unbelieving after the departure of Jesus. Jesus urges his disciples to ‘work the works’ of God so that, at the historical onset of night, the Paraclete may mediate acontinuing, covert experience of ‘day’ within themThat onset, then, marks a critical phase in the eschatological separation of the ‘children of light’ from ‘the world’.