Item description for The Word of Life: A Theology of John's Gospel by Craig R. Koester...
Overview John's gospel is one of the richest and most provocative theological writings in the New Testament. While its language is often simple, its thought is engaging and complex, opening readers to the world of God through the story of Jesus. Craig Koester here sketches the shape of John's gospel and illustrates how debates about its meaning have profoundly shaped Christian life and thought. The Word of Life explores the questions that have been important for generations, including John's understanding of God, the character of the world and its people, the elusive activity of the Spirit, and what it means to believe. Expressions like being "born again" and the idea that Jesus is "the way" can evoke both interest and uneasiness. Special sections are devoted to these and other disputed aspects of John's theological language. Through these, readers can see how the gospel's own context can shape a more vital and nuanced understanding of what such expressions mean. Koester interacts with the best of current research and makes creative proposals about ways in which to understand the many aspects of John's theology. Clear and highly readable, this guide to the theology of John's gospel will appeal to a wide range of readers.
Publishers Description This work explores key questions surrounding Johns' Gospel including those about John's understanding of God, the character of the world and its people, the elusive activity of the Spirit and what it means to believe.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2008
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802829384 ISBN13 9780802829382
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More About Craig R. Koester
Craig R. Koester is the Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Craig R. Koester currently resides in the state of Minnesota. Craig R. Koester was born in 1953.
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Top Notch, Rock Solid Dec 5, 2008
Remember your favorite professor from college, that great lecturer whose class you'd take just because he or she was teaching that subject? It didn't matter which subject - with that professor you knew it would be worth taking the class. Craig Koester must be one of those professors.
With 8 chapters and around 250 pages, Koester covers the major theological themes in the New Testament's Gospel of John in commanding style.
Koester's writing style is casual yet matter-of-fact, terse in the best sense of the word, backed by such strong expertise that I get the feeling that he could "riff" on any of his phrases for hours more.
The book looks at themes - issues and answers - that cut across the chronological narrative of John's Gospel. You can see them in the chapter titles:
1. Introduction 2. God 3. The World and Its People 4. Jesus 5. Crucifixion and Resurrection 6. The Spirit 7. Faith, Present and Future 8. Discipleship in Community and World
There are 17 pages of end notes and 10 pages of bibliography, which indicates the scholarly underpinnings of this work. This can be enjoyed by anyone interested in a good reading of sound theology, but also would make a fantastic text for any college-level or graduate-level course in the Gospel of John. (Koester avoids academic jargon and writes in plain English, though he's not afraid to explain the occasional Greek word.)
My biggest complaint: I wish there were discussion questions at the end of each chapter - or a companion study guide. This book would work well as an 8-week small-group study series.
Finally, Koester takes John at his word, explains the themes, the interconnections in John's writing. Koester is not out to prove John wrong/naive/primitive; this isn't "gotcha" theology. It is a marvelous unfolding of the theology of the Christian faith as found in John's Gospel, illuminated by great scholarship and deep familiarity with the text itself and with the world which is its context. Koester shines that light on John's telling of the life, death and resurrections of Jesus in an eminently readable distillation of major scholarship, a semester's worth of great lectures from a rock solid professor. Get a copy and savor it.