If you were to gaze up to the clouds and see one shaped like an elephant, you might consider it interesting. But, if you were to spot clouds that looked like eight elephants linked trunk to tail, would you not suspect that the pattern is no coincidence? That is what happens with Jesus' I AM statements in the gospel of John, where Jesus declared I AM... the vine, the bread of life, the Good Shepherd, the gate, the light of the world, and others. They form a pattern which reveals Jesus' own self-image, his self-concept. "The Great I AM" examines the I AM statements of Jesus individually and as a whole to see if the pattern might also suggest a mysterious meaning. To aid in the examination of Jesus' I AM statements, the book features sections on the teaching methods of Jesus and basic questions to consider in bible study.
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About the Author
John Zehring has served United Church of Christ congregations for more than twenty years as Senior Pastor in Massachusetts (Andover), Rhode Island (Kingston), Maine (Augusta) and as an Interim Pastor in Massachusetts (Arlington, Harvard). Prior to parish ministry, he served as a vice president and teacher at colleges and a theological seminary for more than two decades. He is the author of forty books and eBooks and lives with his beloved wife Donna of more than half a century in two places, in Massachusetts and Maine.