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The glory of the only son (John i 14)

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Although the word μονογενής played an important role in the history of Christology, no extensive exegetical investigation of the exact meaning of this term in the Fourth Gospel has been made so far. One of the reasons for this is perhaps to be found in the fact that outside the Fourth Gospel μονογενής is rarely used with any special significance. Generally, however, the interpretation of the meaning of the term μονογενής in the Fourth Gospel is based, after some etymological discussion, on evidence from the context of the Gospel itself. This chapter tries, after a short survey of the meaning of μονογενής and related words in Jewish and Greek literature which might have influenced John, to present a coherent picture of the johannine use of the word, although with the available evidence this picture can hardly be more than hypothetical.

Keywords: μονογενής; Christology; etymological discussion; fourth gospel; Greek literature; Jewish literature; John



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