Well the whole problem about Philo and John has had quite a bit of coverage.
Philo used the term Logos in a rather diffuse way - matching the semantic
domain that the word enjoyed in the first century. It is questionable
whether there was a specific meaning behind what he had to say but Dodd and
others, e.g. Sandmel, have argued that the Logos is that of God which is
perceivable by the human mind - of course, because God is beyond human
thought any contact with the divine must be through an intermediary - the
logos. As such John's language of logos is similar - he talks of an
intermediary god who makes contact with humanity but he clearly goes way
beyond Philo and is far more clear in his understanding of the role of the
logos and the status of the logos. It's almost as if John makes systematic
what Philo leaves as speculative. But I doubt that this was intentional. I
think, as Dodd and Sandmel and Barrett and Bultmann, that the two were
working in the same field and the same language and so had similar thoughts.
The disparity between what they say is as strong as the parity!
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From: Robert Raphael [mailto:rraphael3@...
Sent: Thursday, December 06, 2001 04:00
Subject: Re: [John_Lit] New (Old) article on John's LOGOS
Without going into a detailed discussion of the CBQ article I am wondering
if you have an opinion as to whether the writings of the Jewish philosopher
Philo of Alexandria influenced the content of the Gospel of John
particularly the prologue. I understand that Philo taught that the Logos was
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From: "John N. Lupia" <JLupia2@...>
Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2001 8:28 PM
Subject: [John_Lit] New (Old) article on John's LOGOS
> Herman C. Waetjen, Logos PROS TON QEON and the
> Objectification of Truth in the Prologue of the Fourth Gospel,"
> CBQ 63,2 (April 2001):265-86
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