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John (The NIV Application Commentary) [Kindle Edition]

Gary M. Burge
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Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. In other words, they focus on the original meaning of the passage but don’t discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable—but the job is only half done!

The NIV Application Commentary Series helps us with both halves of the interpretive task. This new and unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into a modern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it can speak powerfully today.

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Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. In other words, they focus on the original meaning of the passage but don’t discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable—but the job is only half done!

The NIV Application Commentary Series helps us with both halves of the interpretive task. This new and unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into a modern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it can speak powerfully today.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2662 KB
  • Print Length: 624 pages
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  • Publisher: Zondervan (22 Aug 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SF0R9G
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Kindle versions are very variable 3 May 2013
By F. Sims
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought Mark first and was very pleased with that as the table of contents has links to the various passages. However with both Luke and John, there are no internal links so you have to search for the chapter you are looking at. Come on Kindle, get consistent in your conversion.
As to a commentary I have this, Tom Wright's (Kindle) and the Pillar commentary by Carson from Accordance. Commentaries are very personal but I am finding the NIV application my first go to because of the way it is laid out with the Passage followed by Original meaning and then Bridging Contexts and Contemporary significance. I have found this and the Carson commentaries very useful and both give different information. Shame about the inconsistent Kindle conversion!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 Sep 2013
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I would reccomentd this commentary for anyone looking to get deeper into John's Gospel. Inspiring and insightful. I used it wghile leading a Youth Bible Study and it was so helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Solid Intermediate Commentary 16 Nov 2006
By Chad Davies - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I purchased this commentary after being very pleased with Burge's commentary on the Letter of John from the same commentary series. I was looking for a commentary that laid out the issues and ideas of mainstream theological thought about John's Gospel without getting bogged down in either the details of the Greek or the complexity of academic discourse. In short, I was looking for a commentary I could use to get a "lay of the land" in terms of modern scholarly interpretation before plunging into the more detail oriented commentaries found in the Word and NICGT series. Additionally, in Burge's other commentary I found a willingness to consider some of the issues and currents coming from the emerging movement and how they might be addressed Scripturally.

I found that this commentary not only met my needs but exceeded my expectations. While I have a great fondness in my heart for Bruce's commentary on John, I have found myself reaching first for Burge's work when preparing to lead a group of college students in a study centered around examining answers to Jesus' question, "Who do you say I am?" I have found that Burge fairly and insightfully includes the work of others (Bruce, Morris, Beasley-Murray, etc.) in his comments, notes and bibliography even when it is clear that he doesn't agree with their conclusions. Unlike other reviewers, I have found Burge's comments on the contemporary significance of the Gospel insightful and relevant for the types of conversations our group seems to have. Finally, I have really appreciated Burge's willingness to allow both the mystery and sacramental perspectives of traditions within Christianity to be considered even if his own faith tradition may not accept these from a theological perspective. This is rare for a commentary written from an evangelical perspective.

A note or two of caution. First, this is not intended to be a scholarly commentary. While there is certainly enough here to keep most students of the Gospel intellectually engaged, those who are looking for something weightier and meatier in academic discourse would be better served by Beasley-Murray's or Morris' commentaries. Secondly, Burge isn't afraid to express his opinion and challenge the thinking of those he doesn't agree with. I found that in those places where he does have an opinion he is careful to express it as such and is respectful towards those who do not hold it. Those looking for a commentary to boost up or support their own agendas will find themselves challenged here. In terms of speaking to issues and perspectives of interest to the emerging movement, Burge offers valuable insights while not being afraid to expose some of the shoddy thinking that can creep into the emergent conversation.

In closing, I would strongly recommend this commentary to any student of the Gospel who is looking to move past the number of devotional style commentaries one finds and into something with a substantial amount of meat. This commentary is perfect for Bible study leaders with a beginning to moderate background on the Gospel of John and for seekers looking to add to their understanding of Christ without having to commit to the massive time commitments some of the more "learned" commentaries require.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 26 Jan 2006
By Troy McClure - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have read 5 to 10 of the NIV Life Application Series commentaries (a quality series), and Burge's volume on John is easily my favorite. Burge's scholarship and writing are solid and the book is a joy to read. The book of John comes alive when the context is discussed along side the text. You will never view the phrases "bread of life," "living water," and "light of the world" the same again.

Regarding the Contemporary Significance, Burge does spend *some* of the discussion on Israel and Palestinians, a touchy subject to say the least. Dr. Burge has spent a great deal of time in the middle east, and it is a subject that he is passionate about. However, his "controversial" statements are things like, "There are thousands of Palestinian Christians in Israel who are not terrorists; they are brothers and sisters in Christ and part of the international church, and they deserve our support." It is something that many Christians never hear about (and need to hear about), and I found his coverage of the subject to be refreshing. Nevertheless, that topic is only a small part of the Contemporary Significance; there is much more to be gained if you read it.

I could not recommend this book any higher.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible 4 Nov 2001
By Lindsey Brage - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I found this book incredibly helpful to my personal and academic study of the book of John. This commentary is the most helpful and the most applicable I think I have ever seen. It is so insightful, and allows even a casual reader to delve into the scripture to discover what these words ment to Jesus and how they can be applicable to our lives today. I read John very much differently than I did before readign this book. I give it an A+
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Read and insightful 25 Mar 2008
By Scott D. Kooiman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I thought this was a great commentary. After completing seminary, I have no desire to read "thebonics" and academia when I prepare for studies and sermons. Burge writes in a wonderful manner that allows for the depth of discussion required, while still being a nice read. I would reccomend this volume out of all of the NIV Application Commentary. It's great series - this is the best of the best. I'm going to get the letters of John now because I enjoyed Burge so much.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good 31 Dec 2013
By Paw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It is good commentary for me. The kindle version does not have hyperlink for the chapters. The content is excellent. Worth to have.
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