The Jewish Targums and John's Logos Theology

Bibliographic Information: 

Ronning, John. The Jewish Targums and John's Logos Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2010.


Shows that John calls Jesus "the Word" based on the concept of the divine Word in the Targums (Aramaic translations of the Hebrew). Calling Jesus "the Word" is a way of saying he is the God of Israel. Understood this way, we can see that John's three statements about the Word (he was with God, was God, and became flesh) are recurring themes throughout the Gospel. A Targum background for the Logos title is also indicated for 1 John (1:1) and Revelation (19:13)