Does John 8:44 imply that the Devil has a father? Contesting the pro-Gnostic reading

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Llewelyn, Stephen R., Robinson, Alexandra and Wassell, Blake. (2018). Does John 8:44 imply that the Devil has a father? Contesting the pro-Gnostic reading. Novum Testamentum. 60(1), pp. 14-23. https://doi.org/10.1163/15685365-12341587
AuthorsLlewelyn, Stephen R., Robinson, Alexandra and Wassell, Blake
Abstract

John 8:44 has been a source of concern because of its ambiguity. Is it to be read “of (your) father, the devil” or “of the father of the devil”? This article contends that the former, traditional reading is not ungrammatical as suggested in the grammars and more recently by DeConick and that accordingly the verse cannot be considered pro-gnostic.

KeywordsJohn 8:44; apposition; gnosticism; father; devil
Year2018
JournalNovum Testamentum
Journal citation60 (1), pp. 14-23
PublisherKoninklijke Brill NV
ISSN0048-1009
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1163/15685365-12341587
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85040368204
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range14-23
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Online27 Dec 2018
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