John 1

In my opinion the order of words in John 1 has been determined by a
literary pattern and not by grammar.  Note:
	In beginning was the word,
	             and the word was with God,
				      and God was the word.
I doubt if that pattern can be duplicated in acceptable English.  I believe
that the best translation for the last phrase is:  and the word was God.

Calvin L. Porter
Christian Theological Seminary