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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 Type: text.monograph.biblical-theology
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-04-24T16:50:54Z
Craig A. Evans

Dr. Craig A. Evans received his PhD in New Testament from Claremont Graduate University and his DHabil from the Karoli Gaspar Reformed University in Budapest. He is the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Baptist University in Texas.

Evans taught at Trinity Western University in British Columbia for 21 years, where he directed the graduate program in biblical studies and founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. He has recently served on the advisory board for the Gospel of Judas for National Geographic Society and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on network television programs.

Evans has written and edited extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. His published works include From Prophecy to Testament, Jesus and the Ossuaries, Jesus: The Final Days, and Dictionary of New Testament Background.


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