Volume 11, Issue 1, 2014
Cyril-Mary P. Olatunji, Olugbenga O. Alabi
A Philosophical Comparison of John 1:1-18 and the Yoruba Concept of ÒrÒ
The concept of ÒrÒ among the Yoruba people in Nigeria has a lot in common with the biblical concept of Λoγos. This paper explores Λoγos as derived from Greek Logos translated as Word into English, and its parallelisms with ÒrÒ a fêted concept among the Yoruba. The paper provides evidence that both concepts
are related to exoteric functions within their distinct cultural communities. Finally, the paper opens these issues to the possibilities of cross-cultural research and semiotics.