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Johannine Literary Themes and Vocabulary
by Dale Loepp

  1. Introduction:  How the Gospel according to John uses symbols and motifs. 

  2. Power to become children of God (1:12)—The family of spiritual birth. 

  3. The Word became Flesh… (1:14)—The Fourth Gospel’s view of Jesus as the descending and ascending logos. 

  4. I saw the Spirit descending… (1:32) —The role of the Spirit in John’s Gospel. 

  5. Let anyone who is thirsty come to me... (7:37)— The developing water motif in John’s Gospel. 

  6. I am the light of the world (9:5)—The use of light and darkness as symbols in John’s Gospel

  7. I came into world for judgment (9:39)—The juridical elements in John’s Gospel. 

  8. I am the resurrection and the life (11:25) —Themes in death and life in John’s Gospel. 

  9. Bibliography


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