Exegesis includes textual criticism into the history and origins of the text, analysis of grammatical and syntactical features, the author’s historical and cultural backgrounds, and the textual meaning to the original, historical audience. Primarily, an exegetical paper demonstrates an understanding of the primary text through discussion of one periscope or major themes in the reference text . This paper concentrates on the exegenesis of Prologue of John 8:1-11. It will take concern on the text itself and not on the modern issues or secondary sources comparable to the text in context. The purpose of this paper is to perform a thorough exegetical analysis on the Prologue of John 8:1-11.
In an attempt to attain the objectives of the study, the basic and relevant details of the prologue will be surveyed and analyzed informatively. Additionally, the relevant background information on the prologue will undergo a detailed examination in its context. A clear analysis and interpretation of the background and the text will henceforth follow to deduce an outright textual meaning of the prologue. Indeed, the study will actually analyze textual criticism into the history and origins of the text and analyse the grammatical and syntactical features of the prologue. It will address the historical and cultural background of John in light with the prologue. The paper will articulately address the textual meaning of the original, historical audience that the author and the prologue address. ...
A summary and a conclusion of the exegenesis will terminate the exegetical study of John 8: 1-11. The opening verses of each of the four Gospels (John, Mark, Matthew, Luke) provide provisional knowledge on the prospects of Jesus’ life and ministry. However, John makes the most detailed use of the prologue form to bring out Christological emphasis in his writings. In addition, John is the only Gospel that entails a poetic prologue and speaks of Jesus’ pre-existence as the Logos2. The prologue of John 8:1-11 was written by John a disciple of Jesus Christ. However, the original source of this prologue has been subject to scholarly debates from many interpreters in relation to its target original audience and its relationship to the rest of the Gospel. Indeed, the exact genre of the prologue still remains a mystery with some scholars arguing that it originated from hymnic traditions of the early church (Beasley-Murray) or the Gnostic faith (Bultmann, 3. Moreover, there are arguments relating to the original audience of the prologue with some scholars saying that that the hymn was originally directed to John, and only came to the Christian usage upon the final edition of the entire gospel. However, there is no evidence relating Gnostic texts Bultmann works and fourth Gospel’s composition hence the Gnosticism and the Prologue mutual exclusivity and incompatibility4. It is Brown’s suggestion that the prologue was written in a Christian circle but independently of the Gospel itself and hence its intrinsic similarities of the Gospel and Johannine Epistles. Generally, According to R. Brown, the style of the pericope is not Johannine either