The Holy Spirit in John’s Gospel: Another Advocate

In John 14.16, 26; 15.26, and 16.7, Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the "Paraclete." The context is Jesus comforting his disciples: "Even though I am really leaving you, don't worry - I'm sending another One like me who will dwell in you, teach you, and remind you of who I am and what I've done.… Continue reading The Holy Spirit in John’s Gospel: Another Advocate

John’s Gospel: Moses, Jesus, and Signs

Many scholars split John's Gospel into two major parts: chapters 1-11 and 12-21.  Scholars differ on the main themes of these parts and the exact location of the "middle," but generally speaking the first part is about Jesus' public ministry and the second is his journey to the cross.  Narrative time goes rather quickly in… Continue reading John’s Gospel: Moses, Jesus, and Signs

Craig Keener: John 10.22-23 and Hanukkah

Craig Keener's two volume commentary on John's Gospel is a level-headed, well researched, and careful exposition of the Gospel.   In other words, its well worth the cash.  Here's an example of Keener's excellent discussion of background material from 10.22, where Jesus speaks to the Jews during the Feast of Dedication (a.k.a. Hanukkah). "Most possible associations… Continue reading Craig Keener: John 10.22-23 and Hanukkah