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Analysis Of The Gospel John 1:1 6 Comparsion Genesis 1 And 2:1 3 And Proverbs 8

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Analysis of the Gospel of John 1:1-6 and its comparison with Genesis 1 and 2: 1-3 and Proverbs 8 gives us insight into how a Christian text references Hebrew texts implicitly and explicitly. In chapter one, verse 1-6, of the Gospel of John, we not only witness the explicit references from Genesis and Proverbs, but also see how different ideas present in the two Hebrew texts have been reframed by the Gospel of John. We see a highlight of this reframing in the verse one of the Gospel of John, which states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In this verse, for instance, the notion of “The Word” is, one could argue, similar in its meaning and connotation to the idea of “Wisdom” present in Proverbs. This idea of wisdom could be found in the verses 22 through 30 in the Proverbs and it states, “The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago. Ages ago I was set up, at first, before the beginning of the earth…. then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always” (Proverbs 8:22-30). From the verses of the proverbs we can conclude that Wisdom was the first of God’s creations and it was this wisdom that remained with Him throughout all of His creations. Interestingly, this idea is also reinforced in the Gospel of John. The only difference here is that the term in used in the Gospel is the “Word,” as opposed to the term “Wisdom” used in the Proverbs, both, however, aiming at representing virtually similar concepts. Thus, since there was only Word/Wisdom in the beginning it makes sense to say that the “Word was God” and God is Wisdom.
Moreover, the fact that the reference to the term “Word” in the Gospel is a reframing of the concept of “Wisdom” in Proverbs could be established from the following verse 2 from the Gospel, “he was in the beginning with God.” Interestingly, we also see traces of verse 30 from Proverbs chapter 8, which is as follows: “then I was beside him, like a master of worker, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always” in verse 2 of the Gospel. Thus, the idea of Word in verses 1 through 3 of Gospel does in reframes the notion of Wisdom from Proverbs 8 in Verses 1 through 2 and 22 through 30.
On delving further into the deconstruction of the verses 1 though 5 of the Gospel, we witness the reframing of some more concepts from Genesis, chapter 1 and 2, and Proverbs, chapter 8. For instance, in the Gospel the idea of creation if mentioned in the following way: “All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the lights of all people” (John 1:3-4) While the discussion of creation in chapters 1 and 2 of Genesis is quite comprehensive and includes details, the gospel references to the same concept of creation, but keeps it succinct and terse. The reference to creation depicted in the Gospel could also...

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