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paulf | Mon, 12/20/2010 - 16:16 | Permalink

Andrew, excellent the way you tease this out and place it in context.

I must admit, though, when I read commentaries about this passage, I have to scratch my head. It's been long since I believed in the simple, "In the beginning was Jesus and Jesus was with God..." formula.

But what was the author getting at? Was he a brilliant expositor who was able to capture the nuance of a complex topic within a few words (and had several layers of meaning that would be understood by the informed)? Or is there a scramingly simple interpretation that has been lost forever because we don't know the context and audience?

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