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John (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching) [Paperback]

Gerard Sloyan

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15 July 2009 Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching

In this volume, Gerard Sloyan utilizes the lectionary approach to offer new insights into understanding the book of John. In so doing, he puts the Fourth Gospel in the Old Testament context within which the early church received the public readings of this Gospel. His emphasis on the use of John within first-century Christianity enables modern readers to grasp the meaning of the Gospel message.

Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching is a distinctive resource for those who interpret the Bible in the church. Planned and written specifically for teaching and preaching needs, this critically acclaimed biblical commentary is a major contribution to scholarship and ministry.


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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (15 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664234364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664234362
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 14.8 x 22.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gerard Sloyan is Professor Emeritus of Religion at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Distinguished Professorial Lecturer in the Theology Department at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., and Visiting Professor of Religion and Religious Education at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Particluarly relevant for a nation on the brink of war 14 Feb 2003
By Shannon A. Kimbell Auth - Published on Amazon.com
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In this commentary on the gospel of John Sloyan focuses on the reconciling nature of Jesus'ministry. Chapter 4 was a highlight for me as he talked about the woman at the well narrative being more about two peoples being brought together rather than an accounht of one outcast woman. This national reconciling/ecumenical theme is carried throughout the commentary. If we could learn the lessons here perhaps we would not be on the brink of war, perhaps there is learning here for Israel and Palestine of today! I use this book for preparing sermons and not a week goes by that I don't hear, "I never thought about the text that way before!" Sloyan makes you think again about passages that long ago became rote in too many ways.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much focus on information that is not relevant to teaching and preaching 10 Mar 2014
By Brian P. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
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In comparison to some other commentaries that are longer and more in-depth, giving more space to explain each passage, Interpretation Commentaries are shorter and give the author less space, so the author needs to get right to the point. Unfortunately, Sloyan does not do that enough for me. For example, in the part on Jesus' trial before Pilate, which I just read, he has one paragraph on Pilate's different residences, one on how long the Jewish leaders might have been made impure if they had entered Pilate's palace, and another on the difference between Jesus being called "King of Israel" vs. "King of the Jews," none of which he significantly relates to the text in a way that could be useful for teaching and preaching in a congregation. It is also just not written in an easy-to-read manner, like most Interpretation Commentaries. There are certain important insights, but they are sparse enough that it's almost not even worth wading through the parts I find less useful. I bought this commentary because I could not find many progressive and more recent commentaries on John's gospel, but I have found Gail O'Day in NIB, Malina and Rohrbaugh's Social Science Commentary, and web commentaries by Brian Stoffregen and Robert Deffinbaugh all to be far more helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Commentary on the Fourth Gospel 31 Dec 2013
By Randy - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Sloyan does a very good job in breaking down the different developments in the Fourth Gospel, except for Greek exegesis, this volume is relatively complete in getting the serious student on the right direction. But what is interesting is that most any serious person can read and understand what he is saying without being a graduate student.
1.0 out of 5 stars Though the author is a fine scholar, this volume just doesn't fulfill the needs ... 19 Sep 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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In the Interpretaton series, this is the weakest! Though the author is a fine scholar, this volume just doesn't fulfill the needs of teachers and preachers. In the years since its publication, talks in the academic and preaching communities say that the series editors wanted to replace some of the weaker volumes in the series. This is the first that needs replacing. The contributor of Mark in the series, Lamar Williamson Jr., is portrayed as having written the replacement volume for John in the series if ever there was any. See his Preaching the Gospel of John: Proclaiming the Living Word.
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it. 11 Dec 2013
By C.H.E. Sadaphal - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone looking to expand their knowledge base on the fourth chapter of the synoptic gospel would be satisfied with the book. The author makes frequent side-references to scriptures and traditions relevant only to the Catholic Church, but otherwise presents a clear and objective commentary. The text proves helpful in exegesis, hermeneutical analysis, and obtaining a historical perspective on the events surrounding Christ's ministry in the holy land under Roman rule in the first century. I found Sloyan's description of how the hostile relationship between the Jews and Samaritans developed and the political dynamics of being Jewish and living under Roman rule particularly helpful in understanding Christ's ministry and the legal significance of his "trial" and crucifixion.
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