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date: 15 February 2019

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The paratext of the narrative, i.e. the Prologue (1:1–18) and the conclusion (20:30–31), specify the identity of the Johannine Jesus. The dominant perspective in John’s presentation of the person of Jesus is that of the envoy. This Christology of the envoy constitutes the hermeneutical matrix of the story. This enables a career of three phases for Jesus in John: The first focuses on his pre-existence and the incarnation. The second, which takes place in the fulfilment of his mission, is realized in the signs he performs and the words he speaks in both dialogues and discourses. The third and last phase is the return of Jesus to the Father through the cross. The interpretation of Jesus’ death occupies an important place in the Gospel from the beginning. The Christology of the envoy in three phases leads the reader to a new understanding of monotheism.

Keywords: Johannine Christology, pre-existence, incarnation, sign, ‘I am’ words, Christological discourse, Farewell Discourse, Paraclete, death of Jesus, monotheism

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