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Creation Imagery in the Gospel of John
Sosa Siliezar, Carlos Raúl

London: Bloomsbury, 2015 pp. 272. $112.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 546


Description: Sosa Siliezar investigates the presence and significance of creation imagery in the Gospel of John. He argues that John has intentionally included only a limited (albeit significant) number of instances of creation imagery and that he has positioned them carefully to highlight their significance. Sosa Siliezar contends that the instances of creation imagery used in varying contexts function collectively in a threefold way that is consonant with John's overall argument. First, John uses them to portray Jesus in close relationship with his Father, existing apart from and prior to the created order. Second, John uses creation imagery to assert the primal and universal significance of Jesus and the message about him, and to privilege him over other important figures in the story of Israel. Third, John uses creation imagery to link past reality with present and future reality, portraying Jesus as the agent of creation whom the reader should regard as the primal agent of revelation and salvation. The book concludes by underscoring how these findings inform our understanding of John's Christology and Johannine dualism.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Literary Approaches, History of Interpretation

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Review by R. Alan Culpepper
Published 8/4/2016
Citation: R. Alan Culpepper, review of Carlos Raúl Sosa Siliezar, Creation Imagery in the Gospel of John, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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