The Enigma of Jesus in the Gospel of John

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This book chapter originally published as:

Reynaud, D. (2013). The enigma of Jesus in the gospel of John. In K. Valentine (Ed.), Signs to life: Reading and responding to John's gospel, (pp. 100-109). Warburton, Australia: Signs.


220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)

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The Jesus presented in John’s Gospel is mysterious and enigmatic. Frequently he makes ambiguous statements which are misunderstood, only becoming clear after certain incidents have occurred. The mysterious Jesus of this Gospel points consistently to a God who knows the future and foreshadows it in language which is enigmatic at the time of utterance, but becomes transparent once future events have come to pass. These statements act not as predictors of the future, but as reassurance for His followers that He can be trusted with the future.


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