Synopses & Reviews
Siliezar explores the place and significance of creation imagery inthe Gospel of John by mapping out the extent of creation imagery in it, by assessing instances that other scholars have proposed, and byexplaining the role that valid instances play in their immediate literary context and in the context of the Gospel as a whole. Hecovers the prologue and Jesus' prayer, the earthly ministry of Jesus, and the passion and resurrection narratives and concludes byconsidering how creation imagery contributes to the overall message of John.Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Sosa Siliezar investigates the presence and significance of creation imagery in the Gospel of John. He argues that John has intentionally included only a limited (albeit significant) number of instances of creation imagery and that he has positioned them carefully to highlight their significance.
Sosa Siliezar contends that the instances of creation imagery used in varying contexts function collectively in a threefold way that is consonant with John's overall argument. First, John uses them to portray Jesus in close relationship with his Father, existing apart from and prior to the created order. Second, John uses creation imagery to assert the primal and universal significance of Jesus and the message about him, and to privilege him over other important figures in the story of Israel. Third, John uses creation imagery to link past reality with present and future reality, portraying Jesus as the agent of creation whom the reader should regard as the primal agent of revelation and salvation. The book concludes by underscoring how these findings inform our understanding of John's Christology and Johannine dualism.