Catholic Biblical Association of America
The following paragraphs are intended not only as a valid exegesis of the dialogue between Jesus and Simon Peter during the foot washing (John 13:6-10) but also as an experiment in interpretation. This experiment, which will consist essentially in bringing a plurality of methods, both historical and non-historical, to bear upon the text, will begin with a brief statement of hermeneutical presuppositions which are drawn, primarily, from the work of H.-G. Gadamer and P. Ricoeur. In a second section these presuppositions will operate in the use of a variety of methods to interpret the J ohannine text. In the final section the interpretive process will be analyzed in retrospect in order to throw some light on certain questions of hermeneutical theory.
Schneiders, Sandra Marie “The Foot Washing (John 13:1-20): An Experiment in Hermeneutics.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 43 (January 1981): 76-92. Reprinted in Ex Auditu 1 (1985): 135-46.