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Word and Glory: On the Exegetical and Theological Background of John's Prologue

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Word and Glory challenges recent claims that Gnosticism, especially as expressed in the Nag Hammadi tractate Trimorphic Protennoia, is the most natural and illuminating background for understanding the Prologue of the Fourth Gospel. Scriptural allusions and interpretive traditions suggest that Jewish wisdom tradition, mediated by the synagogue of the Diaspora, lies behind the Prologue and the Fourth Gospel as a whole, not some form of late first-century Gnosticism.

Several features of the Fourth Gospel reflect the synagogue and nascent Christianity's struggle to advance and defend its beliefs about Jesus who, as God's son and Agent, was understood as the embodiment of the Divine Word. All of the ingredients that make up Johannine Christology derive from dominical tradition, refracted through the lens of Jewish interpretive traditions. There is no compelling evidence that this Christology derived from or was influenced by Gnostic mythology. Word and Glory also develops and tests criteria for assessing the relative value of post-New Testament sources for the interpretation of New Testament documents.

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  • Title: Word and Glory: On the Exegetical and Theological Background of John's Prologue
  • Author: Craig A. Evans
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 243
  • Volume 89 in the Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement series

About Craig A. Evans

Craig A. Evans (Ph. D. , Claremont) is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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  • Title: Word and Glory: On the Exegetical and Theological Background of John’s Prologue
  • Author: Craig A. Evans
  • Volume: 89
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Print Publication Date: 1993
  • Logos Release Date: 2008
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Gnosticism › Relations--Christianity; Gnosticism › Relations--Judaism; Gnosticism; Bible. N.T. John 1:1-18 › Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • ISBN: 9781850754480
  • Resource ID: LLS:WORDANDGLRY
  • Resource Type: text.monograph.biblical-theology
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-04-24T16:50:54Z
Craig A. Evans

Craig A. Evans (PhD, Claremont) is an internationally known and respected New Testament scholar, apologist and author who serves as the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Baptist University. He has written extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. A prolific writer, Evans has published more than seventy books and over 500 journal articles and reviews, and his books have been translated into several languages. His academic and popular books include Jesus and the Jihadis, Fabricating Jesus, From Jesus to the Church: The First Christian Generation, Jesus, The Final Days: What Really Happened (co-authored with N. T. Wright), Jesus and His Contemporaries, Matthew (in the Word Biblical Commentary) and Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies. His edited volumes include Studying the Historical Jesus, Dictionary of New Testament Background and Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Evans has lectured at several prominent universities and seminaries around the world, including Cambridge, Durham and Oxford in the United Kingdom, Princeton and Yale in the United States, and Hebrew University and Ben Gurion University in Israel. Uniquely skilled to communicate biblical scholarship through the media, Dr. Evans has reaffirmed the uniqueness and supremacy of Jesus Christ to millions of people on television, radio and in print media including Dateline NBC, National Geographic ChannelDiscovery Channel, The History Channel, The BBC, New York Times, Global TV, Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. In addition, he served as consultant for <em>The Bible</em> television miniseries, viewed by over 100 million Americans.

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    $25.99

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