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Is John’s Christology Adoptionist?

Francis Waston

in The Glory of Christ in the New Testament

Published in print November 1987 | ISBN: 9780198263265
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682452 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263265.003.0008
Is John’s Christology Adoptionist?

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This chapter presents an essay that aims to evaluate whether the Christology of Saint John is adoptionist. John showed no interest in the circumstances of Jesus' birth and no knowledge of synoptic traditions. In verse 42 of chapter 6, John did not refute the crowd's claim to know the mother and father of Jesus and he appeared to know nothing of the beliefs held in other parts of the early Church. This chapter argues that if John considered the union of the Logos or Son of God with Jesus of Nazareth to be the descent of the Son of God from heaven then his Christology must be seen as adoptionist.

Keywords: Saint John; Christology; Jesus; adoptionist; Son of God; biblical criticism; biblical analysis

Chapter.  6225 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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