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The meaning and origin of the expression: In the beginning was the Word

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In the beginning was the Word

What's the meaning of the phrase 'In the beginning was the Word'?

The first line of St. John's Gospel, in which he lays out the fundamental nature of God.

What's the origin of the phrase 'In the beginning was the Word'?

From the Bible, John 1:1 (King James Version):

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

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