Encountering John: The Gospel in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective (Encountering Biblical Studies)

Encountering John: The Gospel in Historical, Literary, and
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  • Encountering John: The Gospel in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective (Encountering Biblical Studies)
  • Andreas J. Köstenberger
  • English
  • 02 January 2019
  • 9780801026034

About the Author: Andreas J. Köstenberger

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10 thoughts on “Encountering John: The Gospel in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective (Encountering Biblical Studies)

  1. Lee Harmon says:

    The Gospel in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective. That’s the subtitle, that’s what attracted me to the book, and that’s why it gets a five-star review. Because it delivers exactly what it promises, without turning into monstrous tome.

    This is a classroom text, complete with tables, charts, pictures, study words, fascinating sidebars, keywords, and some very helpful appendix topics. I’m thinking that perhaps the best way to convey the flavor of this book is to list some of the sidebar headings:

    The Double Amen in John’s Gospel
    Irony in John’s Gospel
    The Significance of Jewish Festivals in John’s Gospel
    Did Jesus Come to Bring Judgment or Not?
    The Chronology of the Passion Narrative in John and the Synoptics
    The Eternal Subordination of the Son
    The So-called Johannine Pentecost

    The writing is interesting and inspiring, and the topic of John’s Gospel is well covered from several angles. I have a couple shelves of books about Johannine writings, and if I were to pick one as a stand-alone introduction, this would be it. The most highly recommended overall learning tool about John’s Gospel in my library.

  2. Douglas Fyfe says:

    Great structure, really helpful level for most purposes. Brilliant appendices. Good level for an overview with appropriate depth.

  3. Timothy Darling says:

    This is a truly excellent book, deserving of any attention it gets as a textbook or as a general introduction and survey of John's gospel. It is accessibly written, acknowledging as it does some of the more technical ideas it broaches. The inclusion of the excrususes at the end and some of the side-bars removes some of what may be seen as more tedious from the flow of the text and allows the reader to peruse it at his leisure.

    Kostenberger is unashamedly conservative. In fact, at times, his axes are ground rather obviously in public. His calivinism, adhearance to conservative, traditional husband/wife roles and several other ideas that have little direct bearing on John interrupt his otherwise compact text. On the other hand, his lack of patience with liberal theology and with the Jesus Seminars is more to the point. Interestingly, in contrast to this traditional approach, he dismisses rather easily the pericope of the woman caught in adultery as a later addition to the gospel.

    His lack of adequate support for this pronoucement as well as the significant absence of background and explanation of the seven signs calls to question the structure of the book he insists upon. In the case of the seven signs, they are indeed widely accepted, but no explanation is given as to why the specific episodes discussed are "signs" while other episodes are not. Is it not equally likely that there are considerably more than seven signs? Why should the ones highlighted be singled out as structually important while others are relegated to secondary structural positions. Some explanation of these choices and of the history of this interpretive device would have been useful.

    However, these are minor problems in this immensely useful text. Especially helpful are the many times Kostenberger highlights the relationship between John and the Old Testament, sometimes at satisfying length. Although one may not always readily agree with the relationships he expounds upon, they are delightful food for thought.

    I highly recommend this book for the advanced student, later high-school level or undergraduate. It is rather soft food for graduate meals, but is an excellent first course for those studies, offering as it does not only well articulated ideas but a generous helping of suggested additional and deeper resources. Kostenberger is helpful and even zealous at times. He readily recognizes and illuminates John's primary theme of belief, often urging the reader to faith. This may be the primary advantage of the book.

  4. Joshua says:

    When I first began to study John's Gospel I was unsure where to start. This book is an excellent source for being introduced the exciting field of Johannine studies. This is not to suggest that this book is not beneficial for audiences already exposed to John's Gospel. In fact, even if you have studied the Gospel this is still a very valuable source of information.

    First of all, the book is concise. It is not weighed down or too bulky for a new student of John's gospel. It is the right size and it gives all the essential information you need to get started and yet there is a lot of good stuff in it for those who have studied the gospel before. He does very nice summations of the text and while every verse is not discussed in detail it is easy to understand the big picture of the Gospel.

    Second of all, the book is conservative. Having already been exposed to a number of scholars in this field it seems that fanciful speculations about the authorship, theology, and history of this book are quite abundant. This book is free from those kind of big leaps. Dr. Kostenberger is rational and logical in his approach to dissecting the text itself. He is faithful to history and to the church fathers.

    Lastly, the book is constructive. He builds a nice case for the gospel and his analysis at the end is excellent. He shows how John's gospel is only a "maverick gospel" to some level. He compares John with the synoptics and other books of scripture to show that John is very much orthodox in his understanding of theology and there is no incongruity with his gospel and other writers of the New Testament. It is nice to see John side by side with Peter and Paul. This is refreshing after reading so many writers who want to deconstruct John.

    All in all, I think this book is fantastic and if I were to direct a first time student of John's gospel I would direct them first to the gospel itself and next to this book. This is not the "be all end all" of John but it is great to get your feet wet. He gives excellent reflections on things like the subordination/equality paradox in John. He handles the tension between "eschatology now and later" with candor and sensitivity to other schools of thought. This is first source for the new student but also a good source for seasoned scholars as well. This is just a book worth having in your library.
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  5. Clayton Tune says:

    If you are looking to begin a study on John, begin here. Read the actual book of John like 5 times first but once you've done that, then begin here. Kostenberger has a larger book on John but this is a great starting point for any reader interested in a deeper look at John.

  6. Vanjr says:

    Basic commentary on John. Good for those who want something that gives good overviews and is short. Not good for verse by verse study

  7. Wesley says:

    A pretty decent introduction to the history, literary features, and theology of John.