The God of the Gospel of John

The God of the Gospel of John

The God of the Gospel of John

The God of the Gospel of John

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About twenty-five years ago, Nils A. Dahl, a professor at Yale Divinity School, wrote a now oft-cited essay entitled "The Neglected Factor in New Testament Theology." That neglected factor, according to Dahl, was God. A decade later Leander Keck asserted that Dahl was indeed correct: "The understanding of God has been the neglected factor in the study of New Testament theology as a whole. This is particularly true of the study of New Testament christology, even though every statement about Christ implicates God, beginning with the designation of Jesus as the Anointed." While there are numerous studies about God in the OT, focused variously on names for God or conceptions of God, "God" has largely been ignored as the proper subject of inquiry and reflection with respect to the substance of NT theology. Furthermore, the contrast with OT studies is only highlighted, not relieved, by the plethora of Christological studies in the NT. Apparently scholars have concluded that the OT is about God and the NT is about Jesus, or else that God has but secondary importance in en-

1. Nils A. Dahl, "The Neglected Factor in New Testament Theology," in Jesus the Christ:
The Historical Origins of Christological Doctrine
, ed. Donald H. Juel (Minneapolis: Fortress,
1991), pp. 153–63. Originally published in Reflections 75 (1975): 5–8.

2. Leander Keck, "Toward the Renewal of New Testament Christology," NTS 32 (1986):
363.

3. See here Halvor Moxnes, Theology in Conflict: Studies in Paul's Understanding of God
in Romans
, NovTSup 53 (Leiden: Brill, 1980), pp. 1–2.

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