Thinking Thursday: David Ford’s Commentary on John 1:1-18

 

Professor David Ford

Professor David Ford

David Ford is the Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University. Last year he gave a public lecture at Swansea University, during which he took apart the first 18 verses of John chapter 1. His comments are in italics and square brackets. 

In the beginning [John used existing scripture] was the Word [and then put a bold interpretation on it]
the Word was God [essential theology]
All things came into being through him [God centred, about all things]
in him was life, and the life was the light of all people [God is involved with everything and everybody]
He came as a witness, to testify [purpose: to bear witness]
his own people did not accept him [conflict]
he gave power to become children of God [community]
And the Word became flesh [incarnation]
full of grace and truth [abundance, only mention of grace in John’s gospel]
From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace [again: abundance, only mention of grace in John’s gospel]
It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known [drawing us into intimacy with God, the heart of the universe]

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About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at www.annmariethomas.me.uk
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