It is the Spirit that Gives Life: A Stoic Understanding of Pneuma in John's Gospel (Beihefte Zur Zeitschrift Fur Die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft)

It is the Spirit that Gives Life: A Stoic Understanding of Pneuma in John's Gospel (Beihefte Zur Zeitschrift Fur Die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft)

Gitte Buch-Hansen


due to the fact Origen and Chrysostom, John´s Gospel has been valued because the so much religious one of the New testomony writings. even if Origen acknowledges the Stoic personality of John´s assertion that ""God is pneuma"" (4:24), an exam of the gospel in mild of Stoic physics has now not but been conducted. Combining her perception into Stoic physics and old body structure, the writer situates her thesis within the significant discussions of contemporary Johannine scholarship - e.g. the position of the Baptist and the functionality of the Johannine indicators - and demonstrates new options to recognized difficulties. The Stoic examine of the Fourth Gospel finds a coherent narrative tied jointly by means of the spirit. the matter with which John´s Gospel wrestles isn't the id of Jesus, however the transition from the Son of God to the following new release of divinely begotten kids: how did it occur? A examining performed from a Stoic viewpoint issues to the interpretation of the risen physique of Jesus into spirit because the decisive occasion. the availability of the spirit is a precondition of the divine iteration of believers. either occasions are defined through Stoic thought which permits of a metamorphosis of fleshly components into pneuma and of a number of fatherhood. actually, in his statement on John, Origen defined Jesus´ ascension as an occasion of anastoixeiôsis, that's the Stoic time period for the transformation of seriously parts into lighter and pneumatic ones.

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