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The Metamorphosis of "Nomistic Termini" in the Fourth Gospel

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Jn uses many terms which, for a Jewish ear, would have a distinctly "nomistic" accent. Yet these expressions do not have the meaning they have in Judaism. Is the association of Johannine and Jewish (nomistic) terminology fortuitous, or has Jn deliberately given traditional nomistic expressions a new "Christian" value? This question is investigated in this chapter. The Johannine terminology is deeply rooted in the Jewish "nomistic" tradition and if Jn has given all these terms a new meaning, the conclusion which should be drawn is that Jn is presenting Christ and Christianity as the "new order" which supplants traditional Judaism, but which is also its continuation by progression and transformation its metamorphosis.

Keywords: Christianity; Fourth Gospel; Jn; Judaism; metamorphosis; nomistic accent



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