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The unique vision of god in Jesus, the son of Joseph

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On the basis of ideas from Greek philosophy Philo strives for order between heaven and earth. The homily in John 6, 31-58, correspondingly, is a polemic against a gnosticizing tendency to draw a sharp distinction between the spiritual sphere and the external sphere. John opposed and was influenced by a docetic Christology and an understanding of the vision of God which was so general that it played down the importance of the external Torah and the unique role of Jesus Christ of history. The homily of John 6, 31-58 pre-supposes the giving of the Torah at Sinai as model. In their self assertion, "the Jews" used the Torah to reject Jesus, and consequently it is also a "Jewish" exegesis to say that the spiritual bread from heaven cannot be one and the same with Jesus, the son of Joseph, and him as a historical being, "flesh" and "blood".

Keywords: docetic Christology; external Torah; God; Greek philosophy Philo; Jesus Christ

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