The Gospel of John, full of striking language and symbolism, is familiar to many as a sourcebook of favorite quotations. However, it is far more difficult to read this complex and subtle Gospel as a coherent whole on its own terms. In John
to the well-received Paideia New testament commentary
[PCNT] series, an expert on John's use of ancient dramatic rhetoric conventions helps students and pastors do just that.
Paideia commentaries explore how New Testament texts form Christian readers by:
- Attending to the ancient narrative and rhetorical strategies the text employs
- Showing how the text shapes theological convictions and moral habits
- Commenting on the final, canonical form of each New Testament book
- Focusing on the cultural, literary, and theological settings of the text.
- Making judicious use of maps, photos, and sidebars in a reader-friendly format
This commentary, like each in the projected eighteen-volume series, proceeds by sense units rather than word-by-word or verse-by-verse. Thus, while it focuses on meaning, its major concerns are rhetorical and literary structure.