‘Some were saying, “He is good”’ (John 7.12b): ‘Good’ Christology in John's Gospel?

Jane Heath

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Far from being the banality suggested by commentators, John's use of the vocabulary of ‘goodness’ for Jesus (ἀγαθός and καλός) is christologically significant. It points to Jesus' unity with God. The Johannine treatment of Jesus' ‘goodness’ and interpretation of the Shema contrasts with and complements the Synoptic treatment of these themes in the rich man pericope (Mark 10.17–22 parr.).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-535
Number of pages23
JournalNew Testament Studies
Issue number4
Early online date7 Sept 2010
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010


  • John's gospel
  • monotheism
  • goodness
  • rich man
  • Shema
  • Christology
  • commandments


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