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This introductory chapter gives an overview of concepts of subsequent chapters covered in the book on "Salvation-History in the Prologue of John". The entire Prologue of John may be the most majestic passage in the New Testament from a purely literary standpoint, and the most exalted from a theological and philosophical standpoint. Due to its cadences, majestic language, and lofty concepts, the Prologue of John is rightly considered one of the most exalted passages in the Bible, "worthy to be written in gold". These parallelisms bear every mark of being deliberately composed for the occasion, and they are the only instances of an intensified and extended use of this literary device in the Prologue. The author attempts, primarily, to demonstrate the presence of a salvation-historical perspective in these verses and, secondarily, that this decisively enhances the claim about a complete Christological hymn there: Heilsgeschichte in Hymnenform.

Keywords: John; New Testament; Prologue; salvation-history

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