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Posted - 13 Jul 2008 :  12:04:11  

Hi again,

Is ἐξηγήσατο in John 1:18 with the meaning of "was the first (example)", like in "No one has seen God; the only begotten God (or in some manuscripts: Son), The One Being In the Bossom Of The Father, He led (meaning: was the first one to see God).

Some translate this as "he hath declared Him" or "He has explained Him" or (more often, including in the Romanian translations and I think also in the modern Greek version), "he has made him known".

Thank you



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Posted - 13 Jul 2008 :  13:54:09  


Ἐξηγήσατο means explained. Made known is also correct, being almost identical with explained. Since visions of God existed before, Chrysostom interprets this passage as meaning a better, a perfect, knowledge, that was missing before the incarnation, because the Son participates in the Father's essence, while prophets etc were seeing only the glory and energies, of God.

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