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Re: [John_Lit] Re: John as Title

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  • Jeffrey L. Staley
    ... An interesting way of looking at it. This would preserve, in v. 15, an authentic riddle of John then? It is unusual that the author likes the saying
    Message 1 of 13 , Apr 6, 2000
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      ProfRam@... wrote:

      > Another way of putting it is that perhaps the Gospel of John begins the way
      > it does precisely because the author had a tradition of John's pronouncement
      > in 1:15 and 30. So he put 1:1-5 first and then verse 6 simply in order to
      > illustrate v 15, by showing that Jesus preceded John in eternity even though
      > John's ministry preceded his in time. Could it possibly be that simple?
      >

      An interesting way of looking at it. This would "preserve," in v. 15, an "authentic" riddle of John then? It is unusual that the author
      "likes" the saying enough to repeat it twice, and has John allude to it even in 3:28. Do you think John's [real, historical] prophetic
      activity was explicitly messianic in some way?

      Jeff
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