The most recent edition of Bulletin of Biblical Research (28.3; 2018: pages 425-446) contains probably my last article that incorporates a large amount of material from my dissertation. Through many revisions, I was able to sharpen one of the main arguments in my thesis into an article length presentation. Below is the abstract/summary of the article. The full article can be read on JSTOR or by those who have a subscription to the Bulletin of Biblical Research. For those who have access to neither, but want the full pdf., leave a comment below and I can email you a copy.
ABSTRACT: The majority of Johannine scholars agree that the Fourth Gospel presents Jesus as fulfilling the temple. This article argues that the Fourth Gospel advances this fulfilment by closely associating Jesus with the heavenly temple more than the earthly. The thesis coheres with many previous studies but furthers the discussion by focusing on how the heavenly temple emphasis interacts with the temple-fulfillment theme. The Johannine Jesus embodied the more transcendent reality of the heavenly temple, and his return to heaven began the eschatological expansion of God’s temple presence through the Spirit. This argument is supported by (1) pointing to the pervasive importance placed on the heavenly temple in the first century, (2) examining specific temple-fulfillment texts and consistent motifs/terminology in the Fourth Gospel, and (3) showing how the correlation of Jesus with the heavenly temple better accounts for the post-resurrection fulfillment assumed in the temple-related texts.
11 thoughts on “Jesus as the Heavenly Temple in the Fourth Gospel.”
This looks fascinating. I’d love a copy.
I’m sure you’re familiar with Beale’s book on the Temple throughout Scripture.
Yes, Beale is one of my sources. I can email you a pdf. if you give me your email.
I would love a copy of the PDF … please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Just emailed you a copy. Thanks for your interest
Stimulating thoughts. Would love a copy.
I just emailed you a copy. Thanks for your interest.
I’m a college student writing a paper on the Fourth Gospel and was wondering if you could send a copy for research!
An interesting topic. Would love a copy.
Just emailed it.
Dear Pastor, I am Denis from Malaysia, recently leading bible study on Gospel of John. I found your article while researching how John portray Jesus fulfilling Temple theme. May I humbly request for a copy of your article?
Sure. What is your email address? I will email you a pdf.