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Why does the Gospel of John begin with this strange concept of the Word of God who was “with God” and yet somehow also “was God”? Some have tried to argue that the author of this text attempted to borrow concepts from Greek philosophy in order to appeal to his largely Gentile readers. Others push back against this idea, saying that John’s approach is entirely consistent with Jewish beliefs and expectations. On this program the hosts will discuss the opening of John’s Gospel and will seek to interpret it in the light of its early first century Jewish context.
“It’s not easy to wrap your mind around this idea of the Word, who was with God, and who was God. But the angle that I’d like to see that from is to say that maybe John isn’t inventing those categories; maybe he’s using already existing categories that are circulating in first century Judaism.”
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