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Father, Son, and Spirit: The Trinity and John's Gospel (New Studies in Biblical Theology)
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While there have been recent, fine studies on aspects of John's doctrine of God, it is surprising that none summarizes and synthasizes what John has to say about God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In order to fill this gap, Kvstenberger and Swain offer a fresh examination of John's trinitarian vision.
Part One situates John's trinitarian teaching within the context of Second Temple Jewish monotheism. Part Two examines the Gospel narrative in order to trace the characterization of God as Father, Son and Spirit, followed by a brief synthesis. Part Three deals more fully with major trinitarian themes in the Fourth Gospel, including its account of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and mission. A final chapter discusses the significance of John's Gospel for the church's doctrine of the Trinity, and a brief conclusion summarizes some practical implications.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2008
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: New Studies in Biblical Theology
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Scott R. Swain is assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary.
"A clearly argued and accessible study on the trinitarian theology of the Gospel of John. . .A stimulating overview to both current trinitarian thought and the broader scholarly debates within the field of Johannine studies."
"Kostenberger and Swain have written an accessible and practical volume that provides a stimulating overview to both current trinitarian thought and the broader scholarly debates within the field of Joahnnine studies. This work will prove useful for thoughtful pastors, seminary students, and informed laypersons. It fills a lacuna in the field of biblical studies by providing a biblical survey and theological overview of the Trinity as it is presented in the Gospel of John."
"In the midst of the Trinity debates in evangelicalism today, Father, Son and Spirit is a welcome contribution that provides a solid biblical-theological study of one of the most important biblical books on the triune nature of the Godhead."
"I highly recommend this volume for pastors as well as those interested in more technical debates regarding the Trinity. The conclusions and theological reflections will provide the reader with a solid basis to begin thinking critically about issues such as missions and evangelism. The book will also provide small group leaders and Sunday school teachers with great curriculum ideas."
Eva P. Scott5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent In-Depth BookFebruary 12, 2018Eva P. ScottQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is divided into three larger sections and subdivisions in those sections. It talks about the history of what has been taught about the Trinity.
It then breaks down into how John speaks about God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit in his gospel.
It has in-depth footnotes in case you want to do further research into the subject. It has an extensive Bibliography in the back of the book also.
The book is a very scholarly work and gives Scriptures throughout the chapters. However, it is also very understandable if you want to just read it without doing the extra work of looking up passages. However, I think you will miss the depth of the book if you do this.
I have lots of underlining and notes throughout the book.
This is the first of the book in this series I have read. I didn't realize it was part of a series until I got the book. You do not have to read any of the other books to get a lot out of this book.
I specifically chose this book because our church is doing a year-long study on the Trinity and someone suggested that the Gospel of John had a lot about the Trinity in it. This book talks about how John shows how the three work together.
I purchased this book and did not receive it to review although I have received books this way from other publishers in the past.
If you are searching for an in-depth, scholarly, yet easy-to-understand book on either the book of John or specifically the Trinity, then you will get a lot of information from it. It is not a fast read as it over 200 pages long with the various resources listed above as well as an index of Scripture references in the back and a list of abbreviations in the front.
MyDigitalSeminaryYork, UKAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Father, Son and SpiritAugust 26, 2013MyDigitalSeminaryYork, UKAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4[This is an excerpt of my full review available on my blog: http://mydigitalseminary.com/father-son-and-spirit/]
KÃÂ¶stenberger has a commentary on John and a work on John's theology, but Father, Son and Spirit still has its place. For a concise work on Trinitarian studies in John from a Biblical theological approach, this is a highly recommended work. This also is a fantastic book to see the how the doctrine of the Trinity is tethered to Biblical studies. Father, Son and Spirit would serve any interested student or teacher, or even be helpful in a class environment. It is a natural addition to the already excellent New Studies in Biblical Theology series.
//Many thanks to Christine Bradley and IVP UK for a review copy of this book in return for a fair review. All words reflect my own opinion.//
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