John's Prologue.

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  • Word - Logos
    • Word became flesh.
      • The idea that the WORD OF GOD is a force in the universe SEPARATE from God, but somehow still the SAME.
      • John claims this force entered the world through Jesus. (Prologue doesn't actually match Logos and Jesus)
      • Implication
        • Settle the unclear meaning in the other gospels of what is meant by the 'Son of God'
          • Jesus is the incarnated logos, the word of God mad flesh... He is the being who created the universe, spoke to Moses and inspired the Prophets ... Now he is here in person.
            • Not just the second Moses.. but the SOURCE of Moses' revelation.
          • Jesus is the plan and purpose behind the whole Jewish religion.... The logos is... THE REASON BEHIND EVERYTHING - only now living as human on earth.
        • M ******.
          • John is NOT saying that the human Jesus existed at the dawn of time and inspired the prophets. - He is saying that the divine quality has always existed became the incarnate Jesus.
    • "We have seen his Glory"
      • Author claims people have recognised Jesus in his divine glory.
      • More than one person, suggests Johannine community.
    • Logos can mean word - but can also mean plan, thought or wisdom.
    • God himself is utterly unknowable and beyond human comprehension, but the logos can be understood by humans because it was God's logos that created us.
      • Helps explain how a `god who is ETERNAL and IMPASSABLE can also interact with the world and humans.
    • Influence:
      • Hellenism: Impersonal idea - Logos not being a person or being.
      • Judaism: 1) God creates the world through speaking - "God said, 'let there light'" Gen  2) God's words are what Moses hears.
        • Although it isn't possible for humans to see God, the prophets can HEAR God - leads jews to this of God's word as something separate and assessable.

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