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 …show more content…

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 be traced to the verses 24 through 29 in the Proverbs, which also present an account of hoe God created heavens and the earth, and the things that exist in between them.
Moving on to the verse 5 of the Gospel of John, we see a mention of the dichotomy of light and darkness. This dichotomized concept of light and dark is resented in the following words, “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:5) This idea seems to have been a reframing of the concept of light and darkness in the Genesis chapter of the Hebrew text, which is phrased in the following

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