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date: 16 February 2019

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In the Gospel of John, the narrative is determined and driven by two issues: (1) the nature of the person of Jesus Christ and (2) the conflict between faith and unbelief. The Prologue at the start already gives basic answers to these questions. In the first part of the Gospel (John 1:19–12: 50), the miracle stories shape the narrative and theological centre: in the signs, Jesus turns to humanity. In the second part (John 13:1–20: 31), the teaching and suffering of Jesus Christ dominate. The Christological titles are embedded in the whole narrative. Narrative Christology and titular Christology are linked in John, but at the same time, the Christological titles have their own significance because, as storehouses of knowledge and bearers of meaning, they express concisely who and what Jesus Christ is for believers. Finally, theological concerns determine the structure of the Fourth Gospel.

Keywords: Jesus Christ, Johannine Story, Prologue, Logos, incarnation, miracles, Farewell Discourses, Paraclete, Passion, Crucified Son of God

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