oa Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - Is John’s Λόγος Christology a Polemical Response to Philo of Alexandria’s Logos Philosophy? (Part 2) - research

Volume 28 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1996-8167



This journal article is the second in a two-part series that examines the Prologue to the Gospel of John (1:1–18) as a Christological statement for the purpose of repudiating Philo of Alexandria’s philosophical logos. In Part Two, we exegete Philo of Alexandria’s writings for the purpose of determining his logos philosophy, which is then compared and contrasted with John’s Christological Logos. Philo’s logos is shown to be a metaphysical construct built upon the syncretization of the philosophical Greek logos with an allegorical interpretation of the Pentateuch. John’s Christological Logos theology is shown to have no commonality with the Philonic logos. Further, the Logos described in the Prologue cannot be viewed, as some scholars have suggested, as merely the next logical step in the development of Philo’s mythological logos writings. Thus, John’s description of the Christological Logos may be viewed as a carefully constructed polemical statement opposing the Philonic logos.

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