Over at the “Institute for Biblical Studies” (hereafter, IBS) you can find all kinds of interesting and substantive articles on Oneness Pentecostal theology. Many of them are written by Jason Dulle, who I have corresponded with and who I regard well. In my view, Dulle is a careful thinker and the most consistent writer on… Continue reading William Arnold III on John 1:1 (Part 1)
I have to start this post with a technical caveat and somewhat of an apology. When Trinitarians and Oneness Pentecostals discuss the pre-existence of Jesus, the term “Jesus” is used in a rather loose sense. Technically speaking, neither side believes that Jesus himself pre-existed his incarnation, because “Jesus” refers to the one who is the Word incarnate—that… Continue reading A Trinitarian Argument for Jesus’ Personal Pre-Existence in John 1
In a previous post I discussed a way to classify what I am calling “theories about the Godhead.” The term “Godhead” refers to God himself—who God is in God’s own nature. And the term “theory” refers to an explanation for why Christians experience God in a threefold way in New Testament salvation. In this post… Continue reading Three Competing Theories About the Godhead
In the last two posts we’ve looked at the grammar and syntax of John 1:1, and also the four different ways Oneness Pentecostals can interpret John 1:1c. In this post, I’m going to discuss the Definite-Personal (D-P) interpretation of John 1:1c and say why I don’t think this is a good interpretation. If you recall… Continue reading The Definite-Personal Interpretation of John 1:1c
Now that we’ve explored what grammar and syntax are, and how John 1:1 is organized, we are going to begin looking at John 1:1c in more depth. There are four ways that Oneness Pentecostals can interpret this part of the verse, so it’s important to take a careful look at all of them.
The purpose of this post is to simply describe what its title proclaims: the grammar and syntax of John 1:1. Let’s take a look at what that Scripture says in the English, along with its reading in the Greek text. Once we see this verse, we will be able to see how it is organized and discuss it in a lot more depth.
God chose to reveal himself to us using languages that preceded English by thousands of years. In the New Testament, that language is primarily Greek. There are still many people who speak Greek today, but the Greek of the New Testament (and before) is different from the Greek of today. In a similar way, being… Continue reading The Greek Alphabet