JOHN 4:16 A DIFFICULT TEXT SPEECH ACT THEORETICALLY REVISITED

Eugene Botha

Abstract


The very abrupt change in the conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well has presented exegetes with considerable problems in explaining it. This paper suggests that the application of speech act theory to the text of John 4:16 can perhaps offer a satisfactory explanation of this difficult verse. A few general principles of speech act theory are explained and applied to the text, and it is indicated how a speech act reading can enhance the current understanding of the text.

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Speech act theory; John 4:16

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/35-0-1853

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