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6 Primordial Lights: The Logos and Adoil in the Johannine Prologue and 2 Enoch

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The Gospel of John begins with the Prologue, the hymn containing complex and unique protological imagery. This chapter explores more closely the protological developments found in 2 Enoch and their similarities with the imagery of the Prologue of John. The luminous nature of the primordial aeon is especially evident in the longer recension, since it portrays the deity bathing in the light produced from Adoil's disintegration. The traditions about Adoil and Arukhas, two personified primordial helpers assisting the deity in bringing the world into existence, invite some reflection about the mediatorial proclivities of 2 Enoch. Scholars often see the Sophia traditions as the formative bedrock for later Jewish mediatorial developments, including the Johannine Prologue. The symbolism of opposition of light and darkness plays an equally important role both in 2 Enoch and the Prologue of John.

Keywords: 2 Enoch; Adoil's disintegration; Gospel of John; Johannine Prologue



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