The following article, which will be continued in the next issue of BBR, offers disparate exegetical notes on six passages in the Fourth Gospel. Part 1 argues (1) for the menorah as at least partial background for the portrayal of the Word as light and life in John 1:4; (2) for the angels in John 1:51 as representing Christ in his function as a message-bearer going up and down Jacob's ladder between heaven and earth; and (3) for the profuse passing of water in consequence of drinking it in John 7:37–39 as a symbol of the superabundance of life given believers by the Holy Spirit.

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