Mark Arvid Johnson (
Sat, 9 Nov 1996 15:57:38 -0600

>> John, Logos generally seems to refer to Jesus. I don't *think*
that hRHMA is ever used to refer to Jesus. Is "rational principle" really
the right gloss for LOGOS when it refers to Jesus?

Allow me to correct myself, as I was guilty of looking for "the one true
meaning" of the LOGOS. I was thinking of the following technical meanings:

1. [Philos] The impersonnel rational principle that governs and develops
the universe.

2. [Theol] The divine word or reason incarnate in Jesus Christ. John 1:1-14

I wonder how much [2] drew on [1]? Would John's readers have immediately
thought of [2]?

It is my understanding that LOGOS in general may mean a word, saying,
speech, discourse, thought, proportion, ratio, or reckoning.

Mark Arvid Johnson