Chapter 7 Son of God as Anointed One? Johannine Davidic Christology and Second Temple Messianism

In: Reading the Gospel of John’s Christology as Jewish Messianism
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Beth M. Stovell
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Abstract

This chapter explores the relationship between Johannine Davidic Christology and Second Temple messianism. Using the conceptual metaphor theories of Giles Fauconnier and Mark Turner alongside other linguistic theories, this chapter focuses on the constellation of temple, divine presence, and “Son of God” language in relation to the language of “Messiah” in Second Temple Judaism and explores its influence on the presentation of Jesus as king and Messiah in John’s Gospel. After providing an initial introduction to conceptual metaphor theories, this chapter analyses many of the key concepts associated with Davidic kingship in the literature of Second Temple Judaism, highlighting areas where these concepts overlap. The final section of this chapter focuses on Johannine Christology in relation to the overlapping concepts of Davidic kingship in Second Temple Judaism. This section concludes by demonstrating the ways that Johannine Christology builds on already existing conceptual networks of Second Temple messianism.

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