John (Niv Application Commentary Series)
John's Gospel teaches us that Jesus Christ is the very Word incarnate, the manifestation of the Father to mankind. Gary Burge provides solid exegesis that gets to the core of John's original meaning, together with extensive bridging material that reveals...
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John's Gospel teaches us that Jesus Christ is the very Word incarnate, the manifestation of the Father to mankind. Gary Burge provides solid exegesis that gets to the core of John's original meaning, together with extensive bridging material that reveals the power and relevance of this Gospel for our present age. From Zondervan.
Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. In other words, they focus on the original meaning of the passage but don't discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable--but the job is only half done!The NIV Application Commentary Series helps us with both halves of the interpretive task. This new and unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into a modern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it can speak powerfully today.
This commentary takes readers back to its original setting and then brings it forward to the present to see how it applies today. This unique approach helps readers bring the ancient message into our modern context with power. It not only explains what the Bible means, but also how it can speak today.
The Gospel of John is an unceasing source of inspiration and fascination for both students and scholars alike. Not a year goes by that does not witness the publication of hundreds of journal articles and books interpreting this gospel. While at first reading John's message seems simple and straightforward, its simplicity is deceptive. The number of Johannine interpretative riddles are many. And if we agree on the meaning of the text, still, we have yet to explain how this literature fits into the history of the early church. Who wrote it? What community nurtured and venerated it? And above all, how do we bear the meaning of John's gospel into the church today? The Fourth Gospel is the legacy of John's ministry. And it is no less beloved today than it was in the earliest years among his disciples. Few books of the Bible have influenced the life and thought of Christendom as has John's Gospel. Its profundity and literary energy continue to be noted. Here Christians have discovered a portrait of Christ that has been deeply satisfying. It is no accident that Clement of Alexandria in the 2nd Century AD labeled John "the spiritual gospel." For instance, the lofty heights gained by the prologue to the gospel (1:1-18) were reason enough to symbolize this book in the early church with an eagle. In fact, medieval Christians so venerated these verses that they were read over baptized children and the seriously ill. Copies were even placed in amulets to be worn around the neck to ward off evil! This commentary strives to unlock the original meaning of John's Gospel as it was heard for the first time in the early church. In addition, it works to discern how this gospel can speak to an audience in our contemporary setting. Ancient symbols and nuances must not only be interpreted, but new concepts must be born which will effectively represent John's voice in today's world.
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Gary M. Burge (Ph.D., King's College, Aberdeen University) has been Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College since 1992. He has a longstanding interest with the literature of John and Palestine (including Evangelical involvement with it).
His publications evidence this The New Testament in Antiquity; Whose Land? Whose Promise? What Christians are not being told about Israel and the Palestinians; Commentary on the Gospel of John (The NIV Application Commentary); Commentary on the Johannine Epistles. (The NIV Application Commentary), Interpreting the Gospel of John (Guides to New Testament Exegesis) and The Anointed Community. The Holy Spirit in the Johannine Tradition. Most recently he has launched a multivolume series Ancient Context, Ancient Faith with the first two volumes The Bible and the Land and Jesus, the Middle-Eastern Storyteller:
- Table Of Contents
- Series Introduction
- General Editor's Preface
- Author's Preface
- The Structure Of John's Gospel
- Text And Commentary On John
- Scripture Index
- Subject Index