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The Use of χάρις in John 1:14, 16–17: A Key to the Johannine Narrative In Memory of Dwight Moody Smith

Moloney, Francis J. (2017) The Use of χάρις in John 1:14, 16–17: A Key to the Johannine Narrative In Memory of Dwight Moody Smith. Pacifica, 29 (3). pp. 261-284. ISSN 1030-570X

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Abstract

Interpretation of the Johannine Prologue (John 1:1–18) has long been an area of dispute. One of the unresolved matters is the relationship between the Prologue and the rest of the Gospel. This study of the use of χάρις in John 1:14, 16–17, the only place where the expression appears in John’s Gospel, argues that it should not be translated as ‘grace’, but as ‘a free gift’, and that the author does not communicate a view that the revelation of Jesus Christ replaces the Law. In that light, the bulk of the Johannine narrative tells how God’s gift of Jesus Christ perfects God’s gift of the Law.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: ‘free gift’, ‘grace’, Johannine Christology, literary structure, Pauline Christology, replacement theory, the Johannine Prologue and Gospel, tradition history
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2018 01:24
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2018 01:24
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3257

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