Epilogue: The Early Jewish Messiah of the Gospel of John

In: Reading the Gospel of John’s Christology as Jewish Messianism
Benjamin E. Reynolds
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The epilogue includes a brief summary of the essays in the volume and then argues that John’s Messiah can be understood to be at home among the variety of Jewish messiahs of the Second Temple period. The messiah texts of the Fourth Gospel are discussed, and it is argued that they reflect messianic expectations within early Judaism. The Jewishness of John’s Jewish Messiah does not negate the distinctiveness of Johannine Christology; however, that distinctiveness depends more upon the naming of Jesus as the Jewish Messiah and not that John’s Messiah is not Jewish. There is space on early Judaism’s spectrum of messianic expectation for the Jesus of the Gospel of John.

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