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Reading John is part of a commentary series that aims to present cutting-edge research in a form that is accessible to upper-level undergraduates, seminarians, seminary educated pastors, and educated laypeople, as well as to graduate students and professors. It provides an excellent introduction to the whole Johannine literature and Talbert's reading of both Letters and Gospel is coherent and comprehensive. It provides throughout a careful analysis of literary structure and development; it addresses the fundamental theological message and context of these works and it adds a host of illuminating parallels from both Jewish and Greco-Roman Literature. A clear style and a sharpness of precision further make this volume a very attractive addition to Johannine scholarship.
Reading John concentrates on the literary and theological distinctives of the Fourth Gospel and the Johannine Epistles. New Testament scholar Charles Talbert's unique commentary considers the entire scope of these works attributed to John, their literary settings and particularities, and their continuing theological importance to the Christian story. Thoughtful and engaging, Reading John is an essential book for students and ministers studying the New Testament and the Johannine writings.