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Title: The divine warrior motif in the fourth Gospel : a study with a special focus on conflict and victory
Author: Yong, Shin Jung
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2012
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Our distinctive contribution to the study of the Fourth Gospel is to consider Jesus as a divine warrior against the background of the Divine Warfare Pattern: the threefold theme of conflict, victory and temple construction. The character of the enemy is examined since the nature of the enemy defines the nature of the warfare. The leading aspects of the Johannine DWP are discoverable in the prologue and John 2. We maintain that the appearance of the DWP in the opening part of the gospel is specifically Johannine. It is observable that the note of victory is sounded at the very beginning of the FG, where it rests on the concept of realised eschatology. Here, the aim of the writer of the FG is to state that the darkness cannot overcome the light. Darkness is indicative of the triad of evil; sin, the world and the devil. In our analysis of the divine warrior motif in the FG, it is abundantly clear that God's victory is not military but cosmic and spiritual. This is associated with a modified warrior motif. In the FG, the forces of evil launch attacks on Jesus via human agencies. The unique feature of the FG is that it views the cross in terms of glorification rather than suffering. The victory of Jesus consists of his casting out the ruler of this world and taking away the sin of the world, thereby overcoming the world (John 1:29; 12:31-32, 16:33). The pervasive imagery of the divine warrior in the FG is portrayed in the light of a distinctive Johannine Christology. This reinterprets the framework of OT ideas and places them in the context of the mission of Jesus as a conqueror of Satan and a deliverer of his people through the climactic act of being lifted up on the cross, the act which also constitutes his triumphant exaltation.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Panacea Society
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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