John 1:2

New Testament

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. 2 The Word was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. 5 And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.

4 Ezra 6:38

2 Esdras

35 Upon that, I wept and fasted again for seven days in the same way as before, thus completing the three weeks enjoined on me. 36 On the eighth night I was again disturbed at heart, and spoke to the Most High. 37 With spirit aflame and in great agony of mind I said: 38O Lord, at the beginning of creation you spoke the word. On the first day you said, “Let heaven and earth be made!”, and your word carried out its work. 39 At that time the hovering spirit was there, and darkness circled round; there was silence, no sound as yet of human voice. 40 Then you commanded a ray of light to be brought out of your store-chambers, to make your works visible from that time onwards.

 Notes and References

"... the divinity of the logos is not only linked to this divinity as the Son of God but, at the same time, is engaged with His role/work that the Son of God did/does insofar as His being of the logos. This is a very unique statement and is the reason for the second structure of 1:3 ... highlights that all the creation was made by the Logos. The centre reinforces in a negative way, that everything, without any exception, has the logos as the mediator-creator. Again, Endo (2002:210-216) rightly states that the other face of the coin is that in John 1:3 we have the echoes of the tradition of 4 Ezra 6:38 and 43:2, and 2 Baruch 54:3 and 56:4. In all these contexts an expansion of Isaiah 45:22-23 and 55:11 is found. In these contexts of Isaiah the eschatological salvation of YHWH, and his redemption by his utterance can be seen. Therefore, it is clear that in John 1:3 the logos is the eschatological word by whom YHWH redeems and saves ..."

Schmidt, Sergio Alejandro One Gospel, Two Facades: The Change of the Intended Reader in the Beginning of the Fourth Gospel (John 1:1-34) (pp. 150-151) South Africa Theological Seminary, 2016

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