Re: PROS [ton qeon]

From: George Blaisdell (
Date: Thu Feb 04 1999 - 10:53:33 EST

>From: Peter Hodgson who writes:

>Is anybody working on the metaphorical implications, for the rest of
>John's gospel, of what might be a subtle shift of theological >emphasis
from deed to word? I am particularly interested in the >impact on the
hellenic world of literacy, seen broadly as the >imposition of WRITTEN
texts onto non-verbal cultural behavior;

Peter ~

There are doubtless many who see this entire gospel in all its
particulars as metaphor, with the result that interpretations of its
theological meanings can take off in multitudinous directions. [The
vision of 3 year olds chasing squirrels on tricycles comes to mind...
:-) ]

The process is known as eisegesis and is avoided carefully on this list,
both for theological reasons and for the practical reason that such
excursions involve usually lengthly flights into what can only be
understood by another person as speculation [at worst], and really not
resolvable or provable by reference to the text [at best]. And since
the focus of this list is the Greek text...

Your focus on the impact of LITERACY upon non-verbal behavior is much
more ambitious than I would dare attempt. I still struggle with verbal

And God is "Bog" in slavic languages?? Oh my bog! "Bogged down" will
never be the same for me!! :-)


George Blaisdell
Roslyn, WA

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