This volume introduces and analyzes the major themes of the Fourth Gospel and carefully weaves those themes into the whole story of the good news. Michaels takes pains to offer modern readers fresh insights into John's mysteries and symbols that first-century readers would not have missed. The commentary's format will suit both general readers and serious students---the section-by-section commentary is based on the NIV, technical notes are presented separately, and all Greek is transliterated.
The Understanding the Bible Commentary Series helps readers navigate the strange and sometimes intimidating literary terrain of the Bible. These accessible volumes break down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. The contributors tackle the task of interpretation using the full range of critical methodologies and practices, yet they do so as people of faith who hold the text in the highest regard. Pastors, teachers, and lay people alike will cherish the truth found in this commentary series.
J. Ramsey Michaels is Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus at Missouri State University, Springfield. He has also taught New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts, Fuller Seminary in Pasadena and Seattle, and most recently Bangor Seminary in Portland, Maine. He hasâ€¢written commentaries on 1 Peter, Revelation, and Hebrews in addition to the Gospel of John.