A Johannine Temple Christology
In response to Appasamy’s Logos and Spirit Christologies, chapter 6 presents a Temple Christology reading of John that has emerged out of the comparative study of Appasamy and Rāmānuja. Like Rāmānuja’s temple-based devotion, such a reading of John reveals the Temple as being the primary frame of reference for its embodiment conceptions with intertextual roots in the tabernacle passages of Exodus and the prophetic vision of Zechariah. By contrast to Appasamy’s more thematic reading, a Temple Christology also provides a constructive and narrative structure identified here as a ‘temple procession’ moving the reader from the ‘outer courts’ of the Prologue to the ‘holy of holies’ of the empty tomb. A Temple Christology is then considered for application in the Indian context, a sacramental theology that presents the cosmos as Temple, and the possibility of developing the re-enactment of a Johannine temple procession in a liturgical setting.
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