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An Exegetical and Theological Analysis of the Sonís Relationship to the Father in Johnís Gospel: Equal Yet Subordinate
Rheaume, Randy

Lewiston, NY: Mellen, 2015 pp. xxi + 431. $199.95

Description: John's Gospel is generally regarded as the clearest and boldest affirmation of Jesus' deity in the New Testament. Yet John also highlights Jesus'subordination to the Father more than any other New Testament writer. The profundity of this phenomenon has not been lost on Johannine scholarship. For nearly two millennia various approaches to the problem have been proposed by biblical scholars and theologians - often stressing equality at the expense of subordination, or vice versa. In his thorough exegetical and theological analysis of John's Christology, Randy Rheaume proposes fresh insights into this ancient conundrum. With close attention to current Johannine scholarship, Rheaume seeks to uncover John's original meaning regarding the Son's eternal relationship to the father. Rather than appealing to disparate, pre-Johannine sources to solve the riddle, Rheaume argues that the Fourth Gospel is the product of a theological genius who brought together the diverse pieces of the Christological puzzle to produce a vibrant portrait of the person whom the writer and his community had come to believe, adore, and worship.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches

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Review by Athanasios Despotis
Published 2/23/2017
Citation: Athanasios Despotis, review of Randy Rheaume, An Exegetical and Theological Analysis of the Sonís Relationship to the Father in Johnís Gospel: Equal Yet Subordinate, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2017).

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