John Wisdom Literature

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John uses the introduction of his gospel to reflect Jewish wisdom literature. He uses the wisdom literature to emphasize and explain Jesus’ deity as the Son of God. John also explains Jesus’ role in creation at the beginning of the Earth and with His people now. Jesus’s deity is emphasized in the Gospel of John. The Gospel of John is a Gospel written with the purpose of declaring that Jesus is God. John is sometimes referred to as the Fourth Gospel. John has many unique features though, distinguishing it from the other three Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), often grouped together as the Synoptic Gospels. While the synoptic Gospels start with a narrative of Jesus coming to Earth as the Messiah, John begins with creation and the existence of…show more content…
This says that the Word was a god or god-like (Moore 19). The Greek language does not have an indefinite article, which does cause it to sometimes need to be placed when translating, but not in this situation. This situation does not call for an indefinite article because the Greek noun used is an anarthrous, which is signifying the specific characteristic of the noun (19). This text should then be translated as the Word was God, meaning that the Word had the quality and character of God, which explicitly claims the deity of Jesus. Another example of this same Greek structure where an indefinite article is not appropriate is John chapter one verse twelve; “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (New American Standard Bible, John 1:12). If this were to be translated with an indefinite article, this verse would not make sense. The same is true of John chapter one verse eighteen, “No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him“(New American Standard Bible, John 1:18). This passage again clarifies that Jesus is God, not god-like, but the actual, one and only,

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