The Gospel According to. John. The Gospel of John. This is the gospel that identifies Jesus as the Word of God Date: 80-110 Traditional attribution: To John, son of Zebedee, One of the twelve Author detectable from content:
This is the gospel that identifies Jesus as the Word of God
To John, son of
One of the twelve
Author detectable from content:
One who regards himself in the tradition of the disciple who Jesus loved.
It was written for the readers, who did not experience Jesus as the author of the gospel and his community did.
The purpose of the gospel is to make the readers believe and find life in Jesus.
Jesus is God in the flesh who reveals the hidden loving God.
Jesus is God’s self gift who will bring salvation.
All the readers need to do is open up their hearts to this spiritual reading and they will believe.
Jesus is crucial because he is the key to get to God.
He leads to God and those who see Jesus see God because Jesus and God are one
The author of this gospel is interested in the theology not the history or the story of Jesus.
He stresses Jesus’ identity (unveils Jesus’ true identity) as the revealer God (the word)
He is the word of God that has existed forever
This very Word of God is God himself
This concept of the Word is a concept that appealed to both Jewish and Gentile audience.
In the OT, the Word of God referred to creation and God’s revelation
The Greek word for the Word is Logos
Logos was the spiritual principle or soul that held the world together
It also means knowledge, reason, wisdom
Peculiarities of John:
A Jesus conscious of having preexisted with God before he came into the world
The significant absence of the kingdom motif
Long discourses and dialogues rather than parables
No diabolic possessions
A very restricted number of miracles