Chapter 1 Reading the Gospel of John’s Christology as Jewish Messianism

In: Reading the Gospel of John’s Christology as Jewish Messianism
Benjamin E. Reynolds
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The Fourth Gospel has more often than not been considered antagonistic to Judaism than as a Jewish text. When some Jewishness has been granted, scholars often see the evangelist as reshaping or redefining Jewish ideas. This present introduction sets the stage for the essays in this volume. In these essays, the contributors attempt to portray Johannine Christology as part of Jewish messianic expectations within early Judaism. The contributors discuss John’s Messiah in relation to royal, prophetic, and divine messiah expectations of Second Temple Judaism. The essays in this volume have been categorized under the headings of “John’s Jesus as a Jewish Messiah: Paths Taken and Not Taken,” “John’s Word and Jewish Messianic Interpretation,” “John’s Royal Messiah,” “John’s Prophetic Messiah,” and “John’s Messiah and Divinity,” along with an epilogue.

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