Excerpt from The Lamb of God: Expositions in the Writings of St. John
Although critical discussion would obviously be out of place in a volume like the present, it is perhaps permissible to indicate the important bearings the subject has on the Johannine controversy. The figure of the Lamb holds so prominent a place in the fourth gospel that it is regarded by Baur as one of the great dogmatic points in the interest of which that gospel was penned, and for the sake of which the writer deliberately changed the day already known in the church as that of the Lord's Death. This fundamental and peculiar conception of the fourth gospel also rules the Apocalypse; is perhaps the main figure; is associated with what at first seem startling incongruities; and is met with no fewer than twenty-seven times.
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