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Christology, Controversy and Community in the Gospel of John

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Christology is without any doubt the main theme of the Fourth Gospel (20:30-31); it is developed in many debates of Jesus with his opponents and in discussions with his disciples. It stresses, repeatedly and in a variety of ways, the uniqueness of the relationship between Jesus as the Son and God as the Father. In recent scholarship different answers have been given to the question whether, and to what extent, the controversies and debates in which Jesus plays a central part reflect controversies and debates taking place between the Johannine community and others in and (particularly) outside the larger group of followers of Jesus. For the Fourth Gospel it is self-evident that the Father is greater than the Son (14:28). The Christology developed in the Fourth Gospel is meant for and functions within a particular "Johannine" community.

Keywords: christology; Fourth Gospel; God; Jesus; Johannine community



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