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A neglected factor in the interpretation of johannine eschatology

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The Fourth Gospel contains striking formulations of 'realised' eschatology that it is often alleged that, in the coming of the Paraclete, John saw the coming of Jesus consummated. Luke is regarded as dividing up the story into successive epochs-the Old Testament era, the period of ministry of Jesus, the period of the resurrection appearances, and the era of the Church, from the ascension to the return of Jesus. Such an account of respective tendencies of the two Evangelists encounters, it is true, certain obstacles. On Johannine side, these obstacles consist of those phrases which still contain the future tense of Jewish apocalyptic eschatology. Author's contention is that-quite apart from the fact that it would be false to inherent tension of an incarnational faith ever to reach a one-sided resolution in either direction-there is a vital consideration that needs to be watched, namely, the difference between individualistic and collective eschatologies.

Keywords: fourth gospel; incarnational faith; Jewish apocalyptic eschatology; Johannine eschatology; ministry of Jesus; Old Testament



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