“Only-begotten Son” or “Only-begotten God” in John 1:18? – Why I Think the Received Text is Right!

In the closing verse  of the Prologue to John’s Gospel (John 1:18) we read that Jesus Christ is the “only-begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father” according to the Received Text (the Textus Receptus). However, the Nestle-Aland text – which is the basis for many modern translations of the New Testament – reads “the only-begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father” – deemed by textual scholars the “harder” reading – partly because “the only-begotten God”  is an untypical Johannine expression, but for other reasons too.

This article is a defence of the traditional reading, that is, the one based on the Received Text.

To access the article, which is a Word document, please click on the link below:


Categories: Chiastic and Other Structures, Gospel of John, Language and Logic, New Testament Exegesis

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