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The Catholic Tradition Podcast: 137 – The Poetics of John the Evangelist


Jul 7, 2022

Poet, translator and cultural critic Anthony Esolen joins the
podcast to debate his e book, Within the Starting Was the Phrase: An
Annotated Studying of the Prologue of John

‘On this prolonged meditation, Anthony Esolen seems, phrase by
phrase, on the majestic Prologue to the Gospel of John, which with
good motive he calls “probably the most influential paragraph within the historical past
of man.” He unfolds its theological richness by exhibiting how the
Apostle John has in thoughts, not solely what he noticed Jesus do and heard
him say, but additionally the entire witness of Scripture earlier than the time of
Jesus, and the way in which the younger Church proclaimed him. A novel
characteristic of this outstanding work is how Esolen “hears” (and we with
him) the Hebrew/Aramaic underlying John’s Greek (which was
not his mom tongue), echoing these languages in such a manner that,
abruptly, what we thought might by no means be extra profoundly
expressed bursts forth in a renewed poetic splendor that brings
into ever keener reduction the entire panorama of the theology of the
God-Man. Esolen’s decades-long immersion in Christian poetry and
Scripture uniquely positions him as a information to the astonishing and
life-changing “poem” of the Prologue. He says it greatest: “My hope is
not solely to light up what John needs us to listen to, however to point out
that, in the case of this poetry, John just isn’t the originator; he
is, somewhat, the beloved disciple who caught the behavior from the Lord
Himself.”‘ (Writer’s description)

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