Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Intro­duc­tion After the pro­logue that recapit­u­lates the wis­dom of the logos (here in John, Word), the author of the Fourth Gos­pel presents a terse but theo­lo­gic­ally loaded con­ver­sa­tion between the Phar­isees and John the Baptist con­cern­ing his iden­tity (cf. John 1:19–28). To the inter­rog­a­tion of the Jews (through the Priests and the Levites) “who are you (Greek: su tis ei)?” John the Baptist answered, “I am not the Christ (Greek: egō ouk eimi ho Chris­tos).” That is, the Anoin­ted One, the Mes­si­ah.  The word Christ…

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