Chapter

Bridging Ambiguities

John Ashton

in Studying John

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269793
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683817 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269793.003.0004
Bridging Ambiguities

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This chapter explains the phrase Ab esse ad posse valet illation. Since Johannine Christianity merged from Judaism, it must have been possible for it do so in the form in which the Gospel shows it to have existed. The chapter argues that there must have been a bridge connected with the more prominent bridge leading back to the Danielic Son of Man. However, the discovery of a bridge doesn't amount to the explanation of how it came to be crossed. It also doesn't hold the conclusion that the passage was somehow necessary. The purpose of the chapter shifts to providing an inquiry of certain conditions of the possibility of the new religion, rather than offering a causal explanation of its origin.

Keywords: Johannine Christianity; Johannine Christological thinking; Danielic Son of Man; new religion; Judaism; Ab esse ad posse valet illatio

Chapter.  8003 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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