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Number of Pages: 656
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 9.13 X 7.38 (inches)|
Series: Biblical Theology of the New Testament
Andreas Köstenberger is Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He is the author of numerous works on John, including his commentary in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series, "John" in Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, and John in Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary.
Jimmy ReaganWest Union, OHAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Indispensable!March 31, 2017Jimmy ReaganWest Union, OHAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book covers a great deal of territory on the Gospel of John. Prolific commentator, Andreas Kostenberger, has written an outstanding volume here. Think of it as a book that summarizes all the issues and themes that scholars often talk about involving Johns Gospel to put beside your commentaries on John. Zondervan is putting out a whole series called the Biblical Theology of the New Testament (BTNT) in eight volumes to cover the New Testament. Authors in the series are required to have already written a commentary on one of the books in their section. Mr. Kostenberger has already written a highly-rated commentary on John in the Baker Exegetical Commentary series. Though its stated audience is for upper college and seminary-level students, I found it, as a pastor, accessible and easier to read than many volumes of its kind.
Part 1 of this book provides the historical framework for Johannine theology. He begins in chapter 1 by explaining how John is a spiritual gospel and breaks down how he intends to approach his subject in this book. In chapter 2 he approaches the much-discussed subject of the Johannine community. That hypothesis has a lot of baggage and he expertly guides us through it. Theres a great deal of scholarly interaction in this section too. Next, he tackles typical introductory matters including authorship, date, provenance, and destination. He arrives at conservative conclusions while well surveying the field. In every section of this book, remember he addresses both Johns Gospel and the Epistles of John. In a sense, its a two-for-one deal.
In part 2, he wades through what he calls literary foundations for Johannine theology. That involves a discussion of genre which he carries out in great detail. Dont miss chapter 3. Its a motherlode of extraordinary information of what he calls linguistic and literary dimensions of Johns Gospel and letters. I found so much information there that greatly expanded my thinking on the Gospel of John.
Chapter 4 is a nice, lengthy literary-theological reading of Johns Gospel followed by a chapter in the same vein on Johns letters. Part 3 discusses major themes in Johns theology. Theres a chapter on Johns worldview and use of Scripture, one on the Messiah and His signs, one on the word as creation and new creation, one on the Trinity, one on the festivals and the symbolism involved, one on the trial of Christ, one on the new messianic community, one on Johns love ethic, one on his theology of the cross, and finally one on mission. Part 4 is basically a summary and a discussion of how Johns theology fits in with the rest of Scripture. The book ends with a lengthy bibliography.
This is now the third volume in this series that I have reviewed, and the quality is high. In fact, in this volume on John, I cant think of another volume that covers the subject so broadly and so well. This is an indispensable volume for the student of John.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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