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Logos in Johannine Literature

  Logos in Johannine Literature The irony of the Gospel of John is the apparent crescendo that occurs in the first verse. It is here that John says, “In the beginning was the Word (λογος), and the Word (λογος) was with God, and the Word (λογος) was God.” John uses the word “logos” to affirm Jesus’ deity in his unique historical record of Jesus’ life and ministry. A cursory look through the Gospel would suggest that John utilizes the word “logos” in a variety of different ways other than the majestic affirmation of deity in verse 1. When examining the entirety of John’s literature, this becomes even more apparent. For example, John says in Revelation 22:9, “I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words (λογος) of this book.” Obviously John is not making an appeal to the deity of Christ as in John 1:1. The usages of this word, then, are numerous. The Greek word in question simply means “word.” It has its roots in the ancient Greeks, where Heraclitus first posited that the Logos was, “… the universal reason governing and permeating the world.”[1] Thus, logos means “word” […]

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