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At last, a gap in this outstanding series of commentaries is filled with a brilliant new commentary on the Fourth Gospel by Professor Andrew Lincoln. A new jewel in the crown. The magnificent series of biblical commentaries known as Black's New Testament Commentaries (BNTC) under the General Editorship of Professor Morna Hooker has had a gap for far too long - it has lacked an up-to-date commentary on the Fourth Gospel. Professor Andrew Lincoln now fills this gap with his excellent new commentary. The key questions for scholars are explored thoroughly - questions of historicity, the use of historical traditions and sources, relationship to the Synoptics, authorship, setting, and first readers, and Professor Lincoln makes his own position on these issues abundantly clear. The Fourth Gospel raises a number of problems known collectively as The Johannine Question. According to tradition the Gospel was written by St John the Apostle. The authenticity of the tradition is examined in the introduction but the textual issues are examined within the commentary itself. For example one problem is that Chapters 15 and 16 seem in early versions to have preceded chapter 14. Chapter 21 must have been a later addition. The purpose of the Gospel as stated in Chapter 20 v 31 is to strenghten the reader's faith in Jesus as the Christ and the Son of God. But even the celebrated prologue has given rise to much speculation, whereas most commentators believe it is the key to the Gospel as a whole. These issues are meat and drink to scholars but, in Professor Lincoln's expert hands they are extremely interesting and highly pertinent to our contemporary understanding of the Gospel.
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Table of Contents

Preface/Introduction/Analysis of the Gospel/Map/Commentary/Additional Notes/Selected Bibliography/Index of Authors/Subject Index/Index of Ancient Sources

About the Author

Andrew Lincoln is Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Gloucestershire. He was formerly in the department of Biblical Studies in Sheffield and Professor at Wycliffe College in Toronto, Canada.

Reviews

'This excellent commenatary is a splendid addition to the Black's New Testament commentaries series, and an important contribution to scholarship in its own right. He offers a nuanced and sophisticated analysis...Both the introduction and the main body of the commentary are models of insight and clarity. Thoroughly up-to-date and thoroughly readable.'--Sanford Lakoff "Church Of England Newspaper " "Aimed at 'the serious student', the work offers a straightforward and helpful commentary, which presents a literary interpretation of the work as a cohesive narrative... Lincoln provides both a cogent and sensible overview of the present state of Johannine scholarship, and a useful, well-written and understandable commentary." Peter Phillips JSNTS Booklist, 2007--Sanford Lakoff 'Lincoln's commentary provides a helpful resource for students and scholars... a clear and informative resource.'--Sanford Lakoff

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