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The Gospel According to John : A Literary and Theological Commentary - Thomas L. Brodie

The Gospel According to John

A Literary and Theological Commentary

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Published: 1st September 1997
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This commentary expands Johannine studies in two directions. First, drawing on the methods of literary criticism, it gives new force to a view which is both ancient and modern--that John's gospel, far from being a poorly-edited mixture of sometimes-conflicting traditions, is in fact a coherent unity, an account of Jesus which, however diverse its sources, is a finely-chiselled work of art. Second, it indicates that the unity of John's gospel is founded ultimately not on history or theology but on spirituality. This too corresponds to a view which is both very old--John was always known as the spiritual gospel--and very recent. The present study spells out that idea in new detail. It indicates that the account of Jesus is so written that the tensions and complexities of the text reflect the tensions and complexities of human life, providing the reader not only with an account of Jesus but also with an anthropology--a map of the development of the human spirit.

"This solid piece of work can be warmly recommended to students of theology and preachers."--First Things "Entices the reader to think about John's Gospel in a fresh way."--Bible Today "Brodie's work is thought-provoking and challenging."--The Southern Cross "This is a fine study of a great book...it is well worth reading."--Reviews in Religion and Theology "One thing is for sure: Brodie will not bore the reader. Even those who are least disposed to accept his interpretations will find the commentary a stimulating work."--Westminster Theological Journal "Brodie's work is without a doubt distinctive....If one seeks provocation along with an invitation into the jungle of the hermeneutical process, this addition to the downpour of commentaries on the gospel of John soaks us with just such water."--Journal of Biblical Literature "This book marks an important development in the interpretation of the Fourth Gospel, for it appears to be the first full-scale commentary on John in English to adopt a sustained literary approach to the work, and to argue in the process for its finely crafted unity....Brilliant and perceptive account of John's material, full of rich insights for the enquiring reader; and it must be warmly welcomed....Brodie's commentary is clearly and accessibly written, well-indexed, and virtually free of footnotes....Every student of St. John's Gospel will find this commentary a help in that direction."--The Journal of Theological Studies "Brodie's thesis makes for fascinating reading; it is imaginative, and carefully argued....An erudite work, one which engages with the best modern scholarship in this area."--The Furrow "[Brodie's] description of his approach to the Fourth Gospel is one which this reviewer would wholeheartedly endorse....His observations are frequently fresh and illuminating....Brodie's commentary is well worth reading and meditating on."--Anvil "The same caring attention to detail is evident throughout [Brodie's] work, which may be described as a labor of love."--Bangor Theological Seminary--Bulletin "This solid piece of work can be warmly recommended to students of theology and preachers."--First Things "Entices the reader to think about John's Gospel in a fresh way."--Bible Today "Brodie's work is thought-provoking and challenging."--The Southern Cross "This is a fine study of a great book...it is well worth reading."--Reviews in Religion and Theology "One thing is for sure: Brodie will not bore the reader. Even those who are least disposed to accept his interpretations will find the commentary a stimulating work."--Westminster Theological Journal "Brodie's work is without a doubt distinctive....If one seeks provocation along with an invitation into the jungle of the hermeneutical process, this addition to the downpour of commentaries on the gospel of John soaks us with just such water."--Journal of Biblical Literature "This book marks an important development in the interpretation of the Fourth Gospel, for it appears to be the first full-scale commentary on John in English to adopt a sustained literary approach to the work, and to argue in the process for its finely crafted unity....Brilliant and perceptive account of John's material, full of rich insights for the enquiring reader; and it must be warmly welcomed....Brodie's commentary is clearly and accessibly written, well-indexed, and virtually free of footnotes....Every student of St. John's Gospel will find this commentary a help in that direction."--The Journal of Theological Studies "Brodie's thesis makes for fascinating reading; it is imaginative, and carefully argued....An erudite work, one which engages with the best modern scholarship in this area."--The Furrow "[Brodie's] description of his approach to the Fourth Gospel is one which this reviewer would wholeheartedly endorse....His observations are frequently fresh and illuminating....Brodie's commentary is well worth reading and meditating on."--Anvil "The same caring attention to detail is evident throughout [Brodie's] work, which may be described as a labor of love."--Bangor Theological Seminary--Bulletin "...a well-written commentary notable for the consistency and clarity of its viewpoint. Scholars whose primary field is the Johannine corpus cannot afford to ignore this work."--Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Introduction
Johannine Studies: The Three Ages of Interpretationp. 3
The Approach Adopted in This Commentaryp. 11
First Impressions of the Text: At the Level of Biography, Confusion; at the Level of the Spirit, Suggestions of Unityp. 15
The Design 1. The Foundational Framework: Time and Spacep. 21
The Design 2. The Central Focus: Stages of Living and Believingp. 31
The Design 3. A Complementary Aspect: Life as Descent and Ascentp. 51
An Outline of the Essence of John's Theology: Jesus as the Spirit-Giving Healer of Human Dividednessp. 55
The Gospel in English
The Translationp. 71
The Years of Jesus' Life (chapters 1-12)p. 76
The First Year: An Optimistic Introduction to Jesus' Life (1:1-2:22)p. 76
The Second Year: From the Weight of Sin to Greater Life (2:23-chapter 6)p. 80
The Third Year: From the Shadow of Death to the Light of Glory (chapters 7-12)p. 91
Part 3B (chapters 13-21): The Central Passover Mysteryp. 106
The Last Discourse (chapters 13-17)p. 106
The Arrest and Trial (18:1-19:16a)p. 116
Death and Resurrection (19:16b-chapter 21)p. 120
The Commentary Book One - The Years of Jesus' Life (chapters 1-12)
The First Year (1:1-2:22)p. 129
The Prologue (1:1-18)p. 133
The Week-Long Drama of Revelation and Response (1:19-2:11)p. 146
Day 1 (1:19-28) The Initiatory Trialp. 148
Day 2 (1:29-34) The Initiatory Visionp. 152
Day 3 (1:35-42) Basic Aspects of Discipleshipp. 158
Day 4 (1:43-51) Further Aspects of Discipleshipp. 164
Day 6 (2:1-11) Discipleship and Winep. 171
The Cleansing and Replacing of the Temple (2:12-22)p. 177
Continuity, Gradualness, and Repetition in the Narrative of 1:1-2:22p. 184
The Second Year (2:23-chapter 6)p. 189
From the Weight of Sin to Greater Lifep. 189
The Coming of Nicodemus to Jesus, and the Difficult Process of Coming to God (2:23-3:21)p. 194
The Coming of All to Jesus; the Fading of John (3:22-36)p. 201
Further Literary Aspects of 2:23-chapter 3p. 209
The Woman of Samaria (4:1-42)p. 214
The Healing of the Son of the Royal Official (4:43-54)p. 226
The Creationlike Healing at the Pool (5:1-15)p. 234
The Discourse on Ongoing Person-Oriented Creation (5:16-47)p. 241
The Provision of Bread (6:1-21)p. 257
Day 2--The Bread of Life Discourse (6:22-71)p. 266
Part 2 Conclusionp. 291
Repetition and Variation in the Bread of Life Discourse (6:25-59)p. 293
The Third Year (chapters 7-12)p. 297
In the Shadow of Deathp. 297
The Discourses at the Feast of Tents (chapters 7-8)p. 303
The Process of Advancing Revelation, Particularly of Revealing Jesus as Christ and Divine Son (chapters 7-8)p. 303
"The Brothers" and Jesus: Contrasting Sketches of Unbelief and of Waiting upon Revelation (7:1-10)p. 309
Jesus at the Death-Evoking Feast of Tents (7:11-52)p. 313
Behind the Drama of Rejected Revelation: A Drama of Contrasting Roots and Relationships (8:12-47)p. 323
Jesus' Vision of Life and the Jews' Vision of Death: The Parting of the Ways (8:48-59)p. 333
The Story of the Adulteress and the Accusers (7:53-8:11)p. 338
The Structure of 8:12-47p. 339
The Sight-Giving and the Shepherding (chapters 9-10)p. 343
The Man Born Blind (chapter 9)p. 343
A Parable of Divine Providence (Jesus as Good Shepherd, 10:1-21), and a Down-to-Earth Picture of Consequent Human Dignity and Destiny (Jesus at Dedication, as Messiah and Son, 10:22-42)p. 358
The Raising of Lazarus and Its Consequences (chapters 11-12)p. 383
The Story of Lazarus (11:1-53)p. 383
Jesus Comes to Jerusalem (11:54-12:50)p. 401
The Commentary Book Two - Part 3B The Central Mystery Passover (chapters 13-21)
The Last Discourse (chapters 13-17)p. 427
A Unified Portrayal of Three Stages of Spiritual Development Based on God's Loving Action as Expressed in Jesus' Death and Resurrectionp. 427
The Foot-Washing and the Response (chapter 13)p. 441
Jesus' Departure and Return (chapter 14)p. 457
The Structure of John 14p. 472
The Parable of the True Vine (15:1-17)p. 475
The World's Hatred (15:18-16:4a)p. 485
Jesus' Departure and Return--a More Intense Portrayal (16:4b-33)p. 492
The Prayer of Holiness (Wholeness/Sanctification) and Unity (chapter 17)p. 505
The Arrest and Trial (18:1-19:16a)p. 519
The Arrest and Interrogation (18:1-27)p. 524
The Trial Before Pilate (18:28-19:16a)p. 532
The Glorification of Jesus (19:16b-chapter 21)p. 541
The Descent into Death (19:16b-37)p. 543
The Open Tomb and the Appearances (19:38-chapter 20)p. 556
The Culmination of the Gospel (chapter 21)p. 574
Abbreviationsp. 597
Bibliographyp. 599
Indexp. 611
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ISBN: 9780195118117
ISBN-10: 0195118111
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 1st September 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 4.06
Weight (kg): 0.88