Logos Hymn Analysis
Both Matthew and Luke contain descriptions of the birth of Jesus unlike the Gospels of Mark and John. This difference may be a result of the special Luke and special Matthew sources. Instead of the Christmas story, the Gospel of John replaces the story of Jesus’s birth with the Logos hymn not only to create a universal text, but also to emphasize the glory of Jesus as the continuous creator that allows us to accept unending life. The Logos hymn forms the Gospel into a universal text acknowledging the diverse needs of multiple societies. The books of Matthew and Luke provide adequate birth stories that supply Jews with history and genealogy. However, the Greeks lack interest in these areas and prefer philosophical and intellectual …show more content…
He summarizes major studies on johannine scholarship and brings the studies into relationship with one another through compare and contrast. Overall, when discussing the Logos hymn of John, Kysar finds the Gospel to be inclusive - both Gentiles and Jews - through the idea that John focuses on the glory of Christ opposed to the flesh of Christ. Kysar seems to be consistent and thorough. Lee, Edwin Kenneth. The Religious Thought of St. John. London: SPCK, 1950.
Edward Kenneth Lee studies the entire book of John; he claims that the book was influenced by the intellectual and religious atmosphere at the time. Specifically, Lee claims that the Prologue of John - the Logos story - replaced the birth of Jesus to satisfy the intellectual culture of the Greeks who lacked a desire for history and genealogy. The Logos idea influences the complete gospel and qualifies the resurrection. Although little information can be found on Lee, his propositions are founded on sound sources and are written in an academic manner. Nolland, John. "The Thought in John 1:3c-4." Tyndale Bulletin 62, no. 2 (2011):