Masanobu Endo

Creation and Christology

A Study on the Johannine Prologue in the Light of Early Jewish Creation Accounts

[Schöpfung und Christologie. Eine Untersuchung des Johannes-Prologes unter Einbeziehung früh-jüdischer Schöpfungserzählungen. Von Masanobu Endo.]

unrevised e-book edition 2019; Original edition 2002; 2002. XX, 292 pages.

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 149

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Masanobu Endo examines Jewish theological concerns in contexts where reference is made to the Genesis creation account in early Jewish writings (2nd Century BC to 1st Century AD), and finds a link to the theological background of the Johannine Prologue.
Since previous scholarship has searched for figures equivalent to the personified Logos in the Johannine Prologue, scholars have often ignored the context of which the Genesis creation account is the center. Masanobu Endo examines that reference to the Genesis creation account as it appears in contexts where the unique identity of God is maintained. In eschatological contexts the realization of eschatological salvation is strongly expected on the grounds of the sovereignty of God, which is known in his work of creation. This observation of the theological function of the Genesis creation account in the Second Temple period may shed light on the question of why reference is made to the Genesis creation account in the Johannine prologue. What this means is that the descriptions of the identity of the Word (the Son) in the Johannine prologue were made on the grounds of Jewish monotheistic speculation about the identity of God the Creator.

Masanobu Endo Born 1963; studied social science and theology in Japan, besides other studies in USA (Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary), and Scotland (University of St. Andrews); 2000 Ph.D. at the University of St. Andrews; from 2000 Reader in New Testament at the Japan Bible Seminary, Tokyo, and minister at Kinugasa Central Church, Yokosuka.


The following reviews are known:

In: Journal of the Ev. Theol. Society — Jg.47 (2004), H.3, S.530ff (C.Scott Shidemantle)
In: Journal for the Study of the OT — 2003, S. 166f (J.T. Williams)
In: New Testament Abstracts — Vol.46 (2002), H.3, S. 554f
In: Recherches de Science Religieuse — Jg.93 (2005), H.2, S.291ff (Michele Morgen)
In: Religious Studies Review — 32 (2006), S. 125 (Jaime Clark-Soles)
In: Revue d'histoire et de Philosophie Religieuses — Jg.83 (2003), H.2, S. 242ff (Ch. Grappe)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — Jg.130 (2005), H.2, Sp.162ff (J. Leonhardt-Balzer)
In: Tijdschrift voor Theologie — Jg.43 (2003), H.1, S. 87 (Sjef van Tilborg)
In: — (07/2012) (Nick Norelli)