John / Edition 1

John / Edition 1

by Mark Edwards
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John / Edition 1

This pioneering commentary embraces the full scope and themes raised in John's Gospel, offering an engaging and perceptive reading. Mark Edwards explores a diverse range of excerpts and creative responses, with particular emphasis on the treatment of the Gospel in English poetry.

  • Explores the diverse themes and issues raised in John’s Gospel, and considers its influence on figures from Saint Augustine, to Dorothy Sayers and Bob Dylan.
  • Treats well-known interpreters such as Thomas Aquinas along with lesser-known figures such as the Gnostic Heracleon, and the sixth-century hymn-writer, Romanos.
  • Brings ancient and modern commentators into dialogue with each other, and takes a critical stance towards some parallels drawn by modern scholars between the Gospel and the surrounding pagan culture.
  • Features excerpts from a wide variety of poets who give a creative interpretation of John’s Gospel, and considers many artistic representations.
  • Suggests that imaginative response can illuminate a reading of the Bible where purely critical and historical analysis has proved unsatisfactory.
  • An accessible introduction and extensive section notes address interpretations of the Gospel from antiquity to the present.
  • Published as part of the ground-breaking Blackwell Bible Commentaries series.

More information about this series is available from the Blackwell Bible Commentaries website at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780631229070
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/15/2004
Series: Wiley Blackwell Bible Commentaries Series , #7
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Series Editors' Preface.


List of Abbreviations.

Introduction: the Gospel and its Interpreters.

Christ the Word: John 1.1-18.

The Baptist’s Testimony: John 1.19-51.

Symbols of Purity: Chapter 2.

The New Birth: John 2.23-4.2.

The Samaritan: Chapter 4.

Two Healings and their Aftermath: 4.46-5.47.

Bread from Heaven: Chapter 6.

Ministry in Jerusalem: Chapters 7 and 8.

Parables of the Messiah: Chapters 9 and 10.

The Raising of Lazarus: Chapter 11.

Preparing for Death: Chapters 12 and 13.

Christ and Spirit: Chapter 14.

Valedictory: Chapters 15-17.

Arrest and Trial: Chapter 18.

The Crucifixion: Chapter 19.

The Resurrection: Chapter 20.

The Final Commission: Chapter 21.



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