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Influence of Greek Philosophy On John

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Jeffrey Kaplan

on 13 January 2011

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Transcript of Influence of Greek Philosophy On John

The Influences of Greek Philosophy On John's Gospel Greek Philosophers: Plato & Socrates: As we know, every Socratic dialogue is not written by Plato, but Plato did record/make up the large majority of them. In his "Republic," Plato creates the world of Forms and separates it from the world we see and experience every day.
He also says that the soul and the body are two separate things and that the soul is eternal while the body has a finite existence.
This dualism is essential to Plato's Theory of Recollection, where he uses the word "logos" as "account of why".
He says that without this account (logos), one cannot fully have knowledge. Hence, "logos" is the key to knowledge, which is the ultimate life for Plato. This is Ancient Greek dualism in a VERY small nutshell. Heraclitus and his Logos: Heraclitus believed that everything was constantly changing.

He believed that there was a "logos" behind the universe, governing this change.

"logos" for Heraclitus means something different than how it is later defined--immaterial; structural. Their Influence on John
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