In case some of you are unaware of it, I want to point out Lesslie Newbigin's exposition of the fourth Gospel: The Light Has Come. It isn't a critical-exegetical commentary, so it won't replace those on your shelves. However, Newbigin does interact with the story of John quite well and draws out some threads and… Continue reading Lesslie Newbigin on the Gospel of John
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. "The commandment is not new because it differs in content from what can be found in the Jewish scriptures (cf. Lev. 19.18), but because it forms part of the new revelation and… Continue reading John 13.35 – Discipleship and Love
In Truth on Trial (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2000), Andrew Lincoln brings out the irony of Jesus' trial in John's Gospel. Actually, to begin the irony, it is more a trial of Pilate and the Jews than it is of Jesus (p. 137). I don't have the time and space to type it all out, but suffice… Continue reading Andrew Lincoln on the Jews, Pilate, and Jesus: Trial!
Not only do Exodus themes run throughout John's Gospel, they are concentrated in Jesus' farewell discourse. "Most obvious is the fact that both [Moses' final speech and Jesus'] are composed as fare well discourses, spoken by leaders who are about to be separated from those they have led. Conversely, they are spoken to groups who are about… Continue reading Deuteronomy and Jesus’ Farewell Discourse: Not a Parallel Coincidence
I've mentioned Douglas Farrow before on this blog, but let me do a bit of a re-run, just because I cannot commend his book, Ascension and Ecclesia (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1999) to you enough. In this 340 page book, Farrow asks, evaluates, and answers the question: Where is Jesus now? He travels through biblical themes,… Continue reading Jesus’ Farewell Discourse and The Christian Life: Jesus is Gone!