When Did the Word Become Flesh?

The Jesus Memoirs

In John 1:14, we read that the logos (word) became (egeneto) flesh (sarx) and tabernacled ( eskēnōsen) among his people as God did formerly in the tabernacle. Like most scholars, I judge this to be a clear reference to the incarnation of a pre-existent divine being in the historical person of Jesus of Nazareth. However, other scholars that I have listed in the bullet points below read this verse in a “possessionist” sense where the logos united with the human Jesus at his baptism (cf. John 1:32-34). While there is evidence in Patristic literature and the Nag Hammadi Library that John’s Gospel was read as suggesting that Jesus’s body was merely a vessel for a divine entity (e.g. Christ aeon), I do not see any indication from the text of John that the baptism was the moment when the logos entered into Jesus. Rather, John…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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