Jesus’s Beginnings in the Gospel of John
Monday, November 23, 2020
8:00 – 9:00 pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig
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The Gospel of John is one of four gospels in the Christian Bible. It is strikingly different than the other three, in that it contains almost none of the teachings in Matthew, Mark, or Luke. The character of Jesus is quite different, as are most of the stories. This study—as a fairly sneaky approach to Christmas—asks if there is a “Christmas” story is in the Gospel of John. The answer is tricky since there is no birth narrative in this Gospel.
This is in many ways a cosmic set of beginnings, and is only somewhat of a story. It is based in two different story-like persona: the figure of the Word or Logos from ancient Greek philosophy and the figure of Wisdom or Sophia from Hebrew wisdom literature. John 1 calls forth questions, insights, and images of how everything begins. But our study will also pose questions about the ways the storied Jesus of John in the other 20 chapters do and don’t fit with Word/Logos and Wisdom/Sophia. Our study will muse a bit about what meanings are made and lost without a nativity.