Understanding the Gospel of John

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Makes significant contributions to the scholarly understanding of the Gospel in three areas: understanding the Beloved Disciple not as a historic person, but as any person in the bosom of Christ as Christ is in the bosom of God, and such persons are the source of church authority; studies the dialogues which Jesus has with the "spiritually dull" as a way by which Jesus shows his divinity; and sees John as a midrashic development of the Synoptic Gospels. Important to the general reader is the attention given to the literary form of the Gospel, its understanding of Jesus as divine, the discussion of key concepts -- such as light and darkness, and abiding in Christ -- and a discussion of the realized eschatology of the Gospel. The book will be useful as a text for college or church classes.


". . . provides a reliable and useful introduction to the Gospel of John. It guides the reader through some of the major issues in the interpretation of the fourth gospel and supplies an overview of the whole of the document. . . . well-written and is easily read, thus promising to be useful as a kind of introductory textbook. . . . The work is carefully documented, but the footnotes are neither excessive nor intimidating." - Robert Kysar

"This book is an excellent text for in depth study of the fourth gospel whether in the classroom, groups or personal study. Scholars will value it for reference as well as for the research contributions of the author, especially in chapter six on Peter and the beloved disciple. A special bonus is the readability, clarity and freshness of the author's style and presentation." - Joseph Grassi

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