John

John

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The Gospel of John is perhaps the most personal memoir of the life and work of Jesus Christ. John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, manages more fully to combine poignant and memorable vignettes with longer teaching passages than do the other gospel writers.
Besides being the gospel of love, Robert Yarbrough points out, John also meant his record to be a gospel of testimony. John's gospel could also be called one of invitation. The accounts of the Samaritan woman, Nicodemus, Lazarus, and others end with a call to follow Jesus. They have about them the brisk air of an eyewitness and convey a rush of urgency to convince and convert.
With a sure hand on the Greek text and a readable style, Yarbrough walks you through John's account of the last years of Jesus' life. In a sense you, too, become an eyewitness to God's love incarnate.

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Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 John By Yarbrough, Robert W. Copyright©1991 Yarbrough, Robert W. ISBN 13: 978-1-61097-395-3 Publication date 3/29/2011 Previously published by Moody Press, 1991
Preface
Recent polls suggest that knowledge of the Bible is waning in North American society. While there is robust interest in “spiritu-ality,” in religious practices like meditation, and in ghoulish Ilms about the world of the dead, personal familiarity with the single most important book, religious or otherwise, in the history of humanity is declining. Things are different in other parts of the world. While the West has seen skepticism toward the message of Scripture, resulting in widespread drops in church attendance along with rises in public and personal corruption, the largest numeric increase in the history of the church has taken place over the past century in Africa. Literally thousands profess faith in Christ each day. There has also been aston-ishing growth in parts of Asia and South America. With this growth has come new interest in the Bible. Part of this is academic. As of 2004, Jan Botha determined that some 312 universities were to be found in 54 different African nations, with about 40 of these in 12 countries housing “research and/or teaching 1 programmes in New Testament Studies.”a less ofIcial level, On Paul Bowers notes that as of the late 1990s there were over 1,200
. “he Study of te New Testament in African Universities,” in C. Breytenbac, J. C. hom, and J. Punt, eds.,he New Testament Interpreted: Essays in Honor of Bernard C. Lategan(Leiden/Boston: Brill, 006), p. 8.
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10Jon 2 theological schools in Africa. This all represents a large volume of Bible study. There is great hunger among leaders in training to know what Scripture says. They want to be rooted in the truth. And they want to be able to explain it clearly and accurately to others. Interest in the Bible in other parts of the world is also apolo-getic: in many regions where the church is growing, other religions, or the government, are militantly opposed. People who may suffer for following Jesus, even unto death, want to be sure they understand who Jesus is. They want to be know what the Bible says about him, not just what tradition or popular movements might claim. Interest in the Bible is also evangelistic: followers of Jesus are called to make disciples of others (Matthew 28:19-20). You can’t teach others what you don’t understand yourself. This commentary is addressed to the reader, wherever in the world that person may be, who is tired of second-hand knowledge about the Bible (or even no knowledge at all) and wants to grow in personal understanding of what it says. It is not a substitute for the Gospel of John, which needs to be open alongside this commentary whenever it is read. The com-mentary’s aim is not to replace but to clarify John’s Gospel, shedding light on each verse and chapter so that readers will be better equipped to develop their own informed grasp of its message. Many Ine commentaries and reference works have been con-sulted in the production of this book. Most of them are included in the annotated bibliography. Other works have been speciIed in the footnotes. Full bibliographical data is given when a book Irst ap-pears in a footnote. In subsequent footnotes a shortened reference note is given. Complex theories, arcane facts, and technical explanations of Ine details have their place among scholars who deal with John
. Paul Bowers, “heological Education in Africa: Wy Does It Matter?” Accessed on Marc 6, 0 at ttp://www.teoledafrica.org/OterMaterials/ Files/heologicalEducationInAfrica_WyDoesItMatter.pdf, p. 5.