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By Andrew J. Byers

For the writer of the fourth Gospel, there's neither a Christless church nor a churchless Christ. notwithstanding John's Gospel has been generally understood as ambivalent towards the assumption of 'church', Andrew Byers argues that ecclesiology is as principal a Johannine difficulty as Christology. instead of targeting the neighborhood in the back of the textual content, John's Gospel directs cognizance to the imaginative and prescient of neighborhood prescribed in the textual content, that is offered as a 'narrative ecclesiology' in which the concept that of 'church' progressively unfolds in the course of the Gospel's series. The subject matter of oneness services inside this script and attracts at the theological language of the Shema, a centerpiece of early Jewish theology and social identification. To be 'one' with this 'one God' and his 'one Shepherd' contains the believers' company participation in the divine kinfolk. Such participation calls for an ontological transformation that warrants an ecclesial identification expressed by means of the daring statement present in Jesus' quotation of Psalm eighty two: 'you are gods'.

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