Wednesday, June 15, 2011

John

The Gospel according to John is quite different in character from the three synoptic gospels. It is highly literary and symbolic. It does not follow the same order or reproduce the same stories as the synoptic gospels. To a much greater degree, it is the product of a developed theological reflection and grows out of a different circle and tradition. It was probably written in the 90s of the first century.The Gospel of John begins with a magnificent prologue. The prologue proclaims Jesus as the preexistent and incarnate Word of God who has revealed the Father to us. The rest of the chapters consists of the Baptist's testimony about Jesus followed by stories of the call of the first disciples.It contains a series of "signs"--the gospel's word for the wondrous deeds of Jesus.The whole gospel of John is a progressive revelation of the glory of God's only Son, who comes to reveal the Father and then returns in glory to the Father.

  

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