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

July 7, 2022

Poet, translator and cultural critic Anthony Esolen joins the podcast to talk about his book. In the Beginning Was the Word: An Annotated Reading of the Prologue of John.

“In this lengthy meditation, Anthony Esolen considers, sentence by sentence, the majestic prologue of the Gospel of John, which he rightly calls “the most influential period in the history of mankind.” He unfolds his theological richness by showing how the apostle John has in mind not only what he saw Jesus do and heard Jesus say, but also the whole testimony of Scripture before the time of Jesus and the manner in which the young church proclaimed it. A unique feature of this remarkable work is how Esolen (and we with him) “hears” the Hebrew/Aramaic. underlying John’s Greek (which was not his mother tongue), reflecting these languages ​​in such a way that what we thought could never be more deeply expressed, erupts at once in a new poetic splendor that brings ever clearer light to the whole Panorama of the Theology of the godmen. Esolen’s decades of immersion in Christian poetry and scripture uniquely positions him as the guide for the prologue’s amazing and life-changing “poem.” He puts it best: “My hope is not only to illuminate what John wants us to hear, but to show that when it comes to this poetry, John is not the author; he is rather the beloved disciple made a habit by the Lord Himself.”‘ (Publisher’s description)


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