In this volume, Andres Lincoln's introduction is a series of crystal clear essays giving balanced approachesto key Johannine issues. For example, he gives a lucid analysis of the place of Jesus in the narrative of this ancient biography; he brings common sense and clarity to the issue of authorship and the identify of the Beloved disciple; there is a penetrating analysis of the Christology of the Fourth Gospel that touches on much that is theologically significant in the gospel. Also, Lincoln deals forthrightly and sensitively with the Gospel's frequent apparent hostility to the Jews. Readers along the whole theological spectrum will benefit from themasterly and realistic discussion of historicity and truth. Relying on his own translation the commentary focuses on the theological dimension of the final author's message to the particular first-century CE readers. However, never far from view are the historical and social factors that are important in any adequate explanation of this text. Also, the commentary bears the fruit of having been written over a time in which Lincoln came to be persuaded that John knew the synoptics.
Black's New Testament Commentary series presents a reliable and enlightening exposition of the New Testament for the modern reader. Basing their remarks on their own unique translations, authors introduce the historical, literary, and theological backgrounds to their assignments, and then lead the reader on a pericope-by-pericope exposition of the book. Each volume in the series includes the following: an insightful introduction to the important historical, literary, and theological issues; key terms and phrases from the translation highlighted in the commentary discussion; explanations of special Greek or foreign terms; references to important primary and secondary literature; and a Scripture index.
Andrew T. Lincoln is the Portland Professor of New Testament at the University of Gloucestershire. His previous publications include Truth on Trial and the commentary for Colossians in Volume 11 of the New Interpreter's Bible.
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