If the main issue were simply the man’s physical blindness the story could have started in verse 6 and ended in 7. However, the query of the disciples in 9:1-5 and the interrogation of the crowds, the man’s parents, and the religious leaders in the remainder of the chapter reminds the reader that the blind man is part of a community, and it is the community’s inadequate response to him and to Jesus that disables both the blind man and those around him.
About Joel Estes
Joel Estes is a PhD candidate (ABD) in New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary and Assistant Ministry Director at Grace Presbyterian Church in Titusville, NJ. In his scholarship and teaching, Joel aspires to connect the academy, the church, and the world through holistic theological education that engages heart, soul, mind, and strength. As the parent of a child with disabilities, Joel is frequently invited to speak on the topic of disabilities, theology, and the church. Joel lives in Princeton with his wife and four children (two boys and twin girls, all under the age of 6). He sleeps less than he should.
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