- Apr 2011
@Walrus, so what are your thoughts about Abdu'l-Baha's commentary?
My only question at this point is why the Gospel of John uses the phrase "the Prince of this world?" Why not just use the term "Satan" as the author does elsewhere? (John 13.27) According to the text, "Satan" had already possessed Judas. He was already present. Did other Jewish groups, such as the Qumran community, or individual Jewish writers during this time period use a similar phrase ("Prince of this world") to refer to Satan or any other biblical figures?
“Thou didst ask as to chapter 14, verse 30 of the Gospel of John, where the Lord Christ saith, ‘Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the Prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in Me.’ The Prince of this world is the Blessed Beauty; and ‘hath nothing in Me’ signifieth: after Me all will draw grace from Me, but He is independent of Me, and will draw no grace from Me. That is, He is rich beyond any grace of Mine.” Selections From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá