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The Gospel of John (New Cambridge Bible Commentary) [Paperback]

Jerome H. Neyrey
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30 Oct 2006 New Cambridge Bible Commentary
This 2007 commentary differs from most others in that it does not attempt to repeat all the critical materials which can be found in the larger, major series. Rather it brings to the interpretation of John, materials more literary and rhetorical in nature. It presents full paragraphs on passages, key terms and major motifs. One might say that the 'big picture' is more important here than exacting detail. Readers will be invited into the gospel by noting its typical literary patterns (chiasms, topic statements and development, patterns of double-meaning words), rhetorical commonplaces and discourse (e.g., 'the 'noble' shepherd'; forensic trials: accusations, defense, verdict and sentence). In particular this commentary brings readers into the cultural world of the gospel by presenting materials such as honor and shame, challenge and riposte, gossip, secrecy, and sectarian character of the group. This is a very accessible reading of John.

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  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (30 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521535212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521535212
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'One particularly gratifying feature of this commentary is its ability to offer good connections with many decades of established and respected Johannine scholarship, while at the same time making effective recourse to disciplines that have been increasingly brought to bear within biblical studies over more recent years.' Journal for the Study of the New Testament

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Readers will be invited into the Gospel of John by noting its typical literary patterns, rhetorical commonplaces and discourse. This 2007 commentary brings readers into the cultural world of the gospel by presenting materials such as honor and shame, challenge and riposte, gossip, secrecy, and sectarian character of the group.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 28 Nov 2013
By Laura
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This is an amazing commentary for all those wanting to deepen their understanding of the Gospel of John. Would recommend it to anyone wanting to do Biblical Studies for a degree or even for their own personal study.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fresh Perspective on John 29 Jan 2010
By Bandwagonman - Published on Amazon.com
Contrary to the previous reviewer, I found this commentary to offer a refreshing perspective of John's gospel. As a pastor and biblical scholar wanna-be, I've encountered multiple commentaries on John and most of them take the traditional scholarly route of explaining key words and structure, but for the most part, you can tell that an ivory tower scholar wrote it. As a pastor, I'm looking for a balance between scholarship and practical application (I enjoy the NIV Application Commentary series for this reason). But getting back to Jerome Neyrey's take on John - he doesn't look at the micro issues of John, but instead pulls out the major themes of each section and hones in on the historical and cultural significance of certain ideas and concepts. For example, the section covering John 3:22-36 - which looks at John the Baptist's final words about the Messiah - we are shown by Neyrey the significance of Envy in the ancient world and specifically the idea of "limited good". The jealousy of John's disciples towards the emerging ministry of Jesus brings to the surface strong feelings of jealousy and comparison from John's disciples. John's response that "Jesus must become greater, I must become less" is only heightened when one understands the spirit of jealousy among John's disciples. John's words to his disciples serve as a rebuke of their envious spirit and brought to my mind and soul the divisive and toxic nature of envy and how it so easily seeps its way into the church and the lives of ordinary Christians. John's response, therefore, serves as an antidote to the problem of envy. I would never have picked up on this had I not consulted Neyrey's offering on John's gospel.

Neyrey's style and wording are sometimes comical, witty and rarely dry. And so I must respectfully disagree with the other reviewer and offer my support of this fresh take on John's gospel. I personally own at least five studies in John and intend to add this volume to my library as well.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A thin volume in every way 5 Jan 2009
By Daniel B. England - Published on Amazon.com
This is a thin, cold commentary, thin in scholarship and cold in tone. In a brief discussion of Jesus as the Lamb of God, for example, the author give four possible interpretations, none of which include either the blood of the passover nor of the sacrificial system, both of which are extremely important considerations, even if ultimately rejected.

In the miracle at Cana, Mary is reduced to a "role," with very little help (either in the words themselves or in the interpretation) in why Jesus addresses himself as he does to this mother. Is it less harsh in Aramaic than it sound in English translation. Is there necessary edge here? When it comes to the miracle itself there is a complete lack of discussion of the symbolic importance of the number of pots (6), the number of incompleteness for Jews, nor of the overflowing abundance of the amount of wine (more than any wedding party can drink, thus pointing to overflowing grace). Instead, there is this comment: Modern readers, however, are socialized by Darwin and evolutionary thinking to think the best is yet to come." Really? Ask any American or Brit if that's what they think these days. But anyone can understand why a host would bring out good wine first and the lesser stuff later.

There is much more like this, all delivered to us in incomplete discussions, terse prose and an unauthoritive voice.

You won't go to this commentary first for answers. I am very surprised at Cambridge.
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