How do Jehovas Witnesses interperate John 1:1-4?
Have they changed the wording in their own bible?
- Amby-DextraLv 44 years agoFavorite Answer
Jehovahs Witness use their own Bible translation called the NWT.
John 1:1,14 calls Jesus the Word. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us..."
Because the JWs do not believe Jesus is God, they have worded it as "the Word was a god."
This rendition is inaccurate with the Greek text and is even used inconsistently in other places.
- CFLv 74 years ago
The wording hasn´t been changed. Many versions follow the same wording as the NW. Visit http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1101985094?q=th...
That wording is according to the whole Bible context and Koine Greek grammar. Nevertheless, the meaning of the wording of the common versions available today at large has to conform to the whole Bible context as well. That context assures us, with 100% certainty, that Almighty God and The Word, a title applied to Jesus in his pre-human existence, are not the same beings.
Even if some Bible versions keep the "KJV wording," the uses of the word "god" at John 1:1-4 take on a specific meaning according to context and syntax.
The King James Bible reads at John 1:1: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
As we considered above, God and The Word are 2 distinct beings. The Word was "with God in the beginning." (John 1:2) Whose beginning? The beginning of God´s creation, when the Word was brought forth by God as his firstborn Son. Yes, The Word was God´s very first creative act. (Col 1:15; Re 3:14) God used His first creation as a master-worker to make "all things:" other spirit beings, and the material universe. - Prov 8:22-31; Col 1:16-17.
All things came into existence THROUGH him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence.
What has come into existence by means of him was life, and the life was the light of men.
In what sense was The Word a "God who was... with God?" (King James Version)
"The Word’s preeminent position among God’s creatures as the Firstborn, the one through whom God created all things, and as 'God’s Most Important Mouthpiece,' gives real basis for his being called “a god” or mighty one. The Messianic prophecy at Isaiah 9:6 foretold that he would be called “Mighty God,” though not the Almighty God, and that he would be the “Eternal Father” of all those privileged to live as his subjects. The zeal of his own Father, “Jehovah of armies,” would accomplish this. (Isa 9:7) Certainly if God’s Adversary, Satan the Devil, is called a “god” (2Co 4:4) because of his dominance over men and demons (1Jo 5:19; Lu 11:14-18), then with far greater reason and propriety is God’s firstborn Son called “a god,” “the only-begotten god” as the most reliable manuscripts of John 1:18 call him."
- 4 years ago
I don't know how anyone "interperates" anything.
I've never heard of that word before.
- DavidLv 74 years ago
Wrongly. And yes, the NWT was rewritten to support JW theology.
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- SteveLv 64 years ago
Get over it. Move on
- 4 years ago
JW are a cult.