- 日本の神学 (ISSN:02854848)
- vol.55, pp.39-66, 2016 (Released:2018-02-22)
According to biblical interpretations that employ queer theory, the three dialogues between Jesus and Peter (in John 21:15–17) about love can be understood as a male–male romance. However, these three dialogues conclude with Jesus saying, “feed my sheep,” making it implausible that male–male romance is the subject of these dialogues. Therefore, the question is why do these dialogues not take faith as their subject as the dialogue between Jesus and Thomas in John 20:24–29 does? In my view, this problem can be resolved using the homosocial theory. In short, Jesus and Peter’s dialogue about love is fundamentally linked to the love between a teacher and a disciple that embodied homoeroticism and homosociality in the Hellenistic world. Hence, “love” was a necessary condition for Peter to be appointed as the Church’s representative.