The Transformation of Wisdom

John Ashton

in Studying John

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269793
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683817 | DOI:
The Transformation of Wisdom

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This chapter begins by asking two questions concerning the Prologue of John's Gospel. The literary question was raised by Bultmann in his seminal article for the Gunkel Festschrift in 1923: ‘Up to what point is the pre-existent Logos the subject of the passage, and what point is he succeeded by the historical Jesus?’ Bultmann's solution is to see the Prologue as a pre-Christian Gnostic hymn, stemming from Baptist circles and subsequently taken over by the evangelist and adapted to form the opening of the Gospel. The second question belongs to the history of religions. The last part of the chapter examines whether the Prologue is a myth, history, or theology.

Keywords: Bultmann; literary question; Prologue; Logos; history of religion; myth; theology; Gnostic hymn

Chapter.  13639 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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