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The Parable of Joy: Reflections on the Wisdom of the Book of John [Paperback]

By Michael Card (Author)
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Card brings a special blend of artistic craft and scholarly research to this candid look at the text of John--including his own translation of the gospel from the original Greek text. He introduces readers to the apostle in a fresh new way and offers insight into the apostle's unique outlook on life.

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In his gospel, John gives eyewitness details that help us "be there" with Jesus. Now, Michael Card, with his unique blend of artistic craft and scholarly research-including his own translation of the gospel from the original Greek text--introduces us to the apostle and his gospel in a fresh new way. Scholarly insights and imagination make John's stories come to life and help us know in our hearts that his friend Jesus is truly the Son of God. "But these things have been written so you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name" (John 20:31).

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Studio: Discovery House Publishers
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2007
Publisher   Discovery House Publishers
ISBN  1572931922  
ISBN13  9781572931923  

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More About Michael Card

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! MICHAEL CARD is an award-winning musician, performing artist, and songwriter. His many songs include "El Shaddai" and "Immanuel." He has also written numerous books, including A Violent Grace, The Parable of Joy, and A Fragile Stone. A graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor's and master's degree in biblical studies, Card is currently at work on a Ph.D. in classical literature. Michael lives in Tennessee with his wife and four children.

Michael Card currently resides in Franklin, in the state of Tennessee. Michael Card was born in 1957.

Michael Card has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Biblical Imagination
  2. Daylight Bible Studies
  3. Daywind Soundtracks
  4. IVP Classics
  5. Quiet Times for the Heart

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An Excellent Read  Aug 5, 2008
Michael Card's book follows the book of John chapter by chapter and explains several customs and details that are often overlooked. Interesting, insightful, highly recommended!
Waaay to much talent for one person.  Aug 22, 2007
Michael does a great job looking into the Gospel of John. Using his 'own' translation, he intersperses footnoted commentary with a imaginative narrative style that really helps you visualize the scene. We've used a couple of his books for a small group bible study over the past year; solid teaching to match his fine, bible-centered music.

The parable of Joy  Sep 24, 2006
I thought it would be a typical gospel text, but it really highlighted how radical the gospel of Jesus was and is.

Card's writing is not a fictional story that wraps itself around the gospel of Jesus...but a fluid exposition incorporating the historical cultural practices and attitudes of the time, which adds a level of depth and enjoyment to the reading of the biblical text.

In fact, I enjoyed reading it so much the first time, that after losing my copy, I am buying a second one to share.
Great to encourage reflection on John  May 20, 2006
This book is an in-depth look at the gospel of John. Each chapter begins with a translated passage from the gospel, then goes into commentary or reflective writing - some of which imagines the events as they could have been, not necessarily as they were.

When I first read this book some years ago, it made John my favorite of the gospels and infused my thinking about Jesus with all kinds of wonderful images.

According to the introduction, John wrote his gospel last, after the others had been circulated for many years, and when he was an old man. Rather than tell all about Jesus' life, John selects the very few instances that stand out in his own mind to illustrate who Jesus was and why He came. What Jesus did was well-known; John focused on the meaning of His life.

For instance, whereas Luke starts with the events before the Christmas story and Matthew with a geneology of Christ, John starts out with "In the beginning was the Word..." and "the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us."

This book made the gospel of John more vivid and more dear to me, and in so doing, enlightened my vision of the rest of the Bible, too. It is a great book for reflection and study - and it is a joy.
A great way to look at the Book of John in a new light  Mar 24, 1998
Michael Card gives us insight into the historical and social context of John's Gospel while keeping it winsome and poetical. He tells the story of John's gospel so we gain insight into the place and time of the writer as well as the characters he introduces us to. Well worth the reading and a good resource for study.

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