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Taught by god

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I Thess 4:9 where Paul says: "for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another. There is no vagueness in the text introduced with the formula "in the prophets" in Acts 13:40. Moreover, the source for this quotation is more certain than for some others in John. Isaiah 54:13 is John's main source, but it is difficult to determine whether he used the Hebrew or Greek text. There seem to be two alternatives in explaining Jn's reading in this quotation: (1) As one trained in the Jewish scriptures, Jn shows a thorough acquaintance with them and in a creative way adapts them to suit his theological purpose for including a specific quotation in the first place. (2) Jn drew from his memory a quotation from either the Heb. or Gr. text of Is 54: 13 to help explain and give support from scripture to his understanding of Jesus.

Keywords: Greek texts; Hebrew text; Isaiah; Jesus; Jewish scriptures; John; prophets; taught of God

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