The Discovery of Wisdom

John Ashton

in Studying John

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

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This chapter first discusses the story of revelation and looks into the concept of wisdom in The Fourth Gospel. In the Fourth Gospel, unlike the other three, Jesus is the subject of his own message — what he reveals is himself. The chapter argues that a proper appreciation of the Gospel must be understood on two levels. On the first level of understanding, the story-level, his career was punctuated by a series of confrontations with his enemies that led to his death. His friends, his disciples failed to grasp the meaning of his message during his lifetime. Any comprehension of the truth was deferred until he came back to heaven. Only then could his followers under the aid of the Paraclete, enter into the truth if they could understand the meaning of what Jesus has said and done on earth. This is the second level of understanding.

Keywords: Paraclete; story level; level of understanding; second level of understanding; spirit-level; truth; Jesus' message

Chapter.  7773 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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