Chapter 2 The Gospel of John’s Christology as Evidence for Early Jewish Messianic Expectations: Challenges and Possibilities

In: Reading the Gospel of John’s Christology as Jewish Messianism
Benjamin E. Reynolds
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This essay begins by noting the challenges to reading the Gospel of John in the context of early Jewish messianism, such as questions about John’s authenticity, the relationship of the Gospel with the Johannine community, and the Gospel’s high Christology. The focus of the essay, however, is on the scarcity of references to John in the scholarship of early Jewish messianism. I focus on five scholars who address the Fourth Gospel in the context of first-century messianic expectations and draw attention to how rarely the Gospel is read as a Jewish text. The messiah passages of John are listed, along with possible questions and issues related to them. The essay concludes by suggesting possible ways for reading John as a Jewish messiah text.

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