Abstract and Keywords
John’s understanding of faith, eternal life, and the Spirit lies at the centre of scholarly debates about the ways in which the Gospel sets out its views about the means to and effects of salvation. The vocabulary employed by John to express its core soteriological concepts is no longer investigated in complete isolation from more narrative-centred approaches to the text. With regard to the possible origin(s) of its language of faith and eternal life, scholars continue to interpret the relevant vocabulary in terms of John’s indebtedness to Second Temple Judaism and Synoptic tradition, although increasing focus is placed on the relational and ethical overtones, in addition to the individualistic and theological/christological connotations, of John’s realized-eschatological appropriation of the concepts in question. The Spirit in John’s Gospel, particularly the function of the Spirit-Paraclete in the Farewell Discourse, is investigated against a much broader tradition-historical and exegetical canvass.
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