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The Trinity in the Johannine Literature

Ben Witherington III

in The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557813
Published online January 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199557813.003.0006

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Trinity in the Johannine Literature

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This article examines the concept of the Trinity in the Johannine literature in the New Testament. It argues that John the Apostle does not simply derive his Father language from the Jewish wisdom literature but instead has in view the Son's relationship to his Father. It explains that After the Ascension, the Son's agency on behalf of the Father is continued by the Spirit's agency on behalf of the Father. Thus the Book of Revelation depicts the Father and the Son sitting on the divine throne while the Spirit dwells in the Church.

Keywords: Trinity; John the Apostle; New Testament; Jewish wisdom literature; Ascension; Spirit; Book of Revelation

Article.  6176 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity ; Religious Studies ; Philosophy of Religion

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