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118: John 1:3 and Creating through Word and Wisdom

118: John 1:3 and Creating through Word and Wisdom

April 30, 2020

This episode focusses entirely on John 1:3 and its Jewish wisdom context. Prior to the writing of the Prologue of John, many Jews and Christians regarded acts in creation in terms of God making all things through his personified word/wisdom. We also explore the influences on John 1:3 from Genesis chapter one.

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117: Exploring the Phrase “the Word Was God” in John 1:1

117: Exploring the Phrase “the Word Was God” in John 1:1

April 23, 2020

This episode seeks to inform our listeners of what some modern scholars are saying about the last phrase in John 1:1, "the Word was God." These specialists argue that "the Word" and "God" are clearly distinguished and that "God" is an adjectival predication for the personified Word.

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116: The Origins of Johannine Logos That Was “With God”

116: The Origins of Johannine Logos That Was “With God”

April 16, 2020

In this episode, we explore how portrayals of the personified word and personified wisdom of God influenced the opening line of John's Gospel, i.e. "the Word was with God." We note several Jewish texts--all predating the Gospel of John--where poets depicted God with his word/wisdom, without suggesting that these personified attributes were conscious divine persons.

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115: The Origins of the Johannine Logos in the Hebrew Bible

115: The Origins of the Johannine Logos in the Hebrew Bible

April 9, 2020

This episode explores the origins of the Logos from what is depicted in John chapter 1, the "word" that was present "in the beginning" as well as existing "with God." We look into the Hebrew counterpart of Logos within the Old Testament, surveying its range of lexical meaning. This episode gives special attention to the passages in the Old Testament where the "word" is personified as an agent of God's creation and redemption.

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114: ‘Son of Man’ Christology in the Gospel of John (Part 7 of 7)

114: ‘Son of Man’ Christology in the Gospel of John (Part 7 of 7)

April 2, 2020

As we conclude our study on the "Son of Man" sayings in the Gospel of John, we note an insistence that Jesus is a representative figure for human beings, who are drawn unto him. Also, we observe particular stress upon the fact that Jesus died fully and completely, indicating his mortality. Moreover, we discuss the hour of the Son of Man's glorification and note how this helps frame the important relationship between the true God and his human agent, Jesus.

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