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Overview Making use of his scholar's understanding, yet writing in an approachable anecdotal style, Tom Wright manages to unravel the great complexity of the extraordinary Gospel of John. He describes it as "one of the great books in the literature of the world; and part of its greatness is the way it reveals its secrets not just to high-flown learning but to those who come to it with humility and hop." Wright's stimulating comments are combined with his own fresh and inviting translation of the Bible text. Tom Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament and to include in them his own translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion, with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today. A glossary is included at the back of the book. The series is suitable for group study, personal study, or daily devotions.
Making use of his scholar's understanding, yet writing in an approachable and anecdotal style, Tom Wright manages to unravel the great complexity of the extraordinary Gospel of John. He describes it as "one of the great books in the literature of the world; and part of its greatness is the way it reveals its secrets not just to a high-flown leaning but to those who come to it with humility and hope." Wright's stimulating comments are combined with his own fresh and inviting translation of the Bible text.
Tom Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament, and to include in them his own translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today. A glossary is included at the back of the book. The series is suitable for group study, personal study, or daily devotions.
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Christian Century - 10/19/2004 page 44
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.42" Width: 5.12" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2004
Publisher PRESBYTERIAN PUBLISHING #86
Series For Everyone
ISBN 0664227902 ISBN13 9780664227906
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The Best Saved for Last Apr 10, 2010
For those unfamiliar with Wright's "______ for Everyone" series, they are a series of commentaries on the New Testament books by Bishop Wright based on his extensive historical scholarship. He provides his own translation (based on his study of the source languages) which is a very engaging paraphrase. The text is divided up into chronological topic-based segments, followed by a 2-3 page sermonette/commentary based on that section.
This edition is volume 2 of a two-volume set, containing chapters 11-21 of the Gospel of John. From beginning to end, it is truly the best saved for last.
Starting with the story of Lazarus (told only in this gospel, likely because John was writing after Lazarus' second death, when this story could be told without bringing him undue notoriety and danger), Wright discusses John's 3-dimensional presentation of Jesus and the other characters. One almost feels as though at Jesus' side during the final weeks of his ministry, seeing his smile and his tears. Wright suggests that Jesus was wrestling and "tormented in spirit" in such a way that he delayed making his journey to see Lazarus because he needed to pray, while approaching Jerusalem again for the final time. After raising Lazarus, Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem evokes images of Judas Maccabeus' triumphal palm-waving entry to be crowned king several centuries earlier. It is an unmistakable sign to the Pharisees, who move swiftly to conspire against Jesus.
The other gospels contain many details that John glosses over because he knows those stories have been told. But as Wright shows, John helps us to see what it FELT like to be with Jesus, especially in the upper room discourse and garden prayer just prior to Jesus being arrested. Wright describes how the arrest in Garden of Gethsemane, when evil men came seeking God, is the reverse mirror image of the Garden of Eden, when God came seeking sinful man. And sinful men cannot avoid fulfilling God's purposes - the high priest Caiaphas unwittingly prophesies that one man shall die for the salvation of the people, and Pilate announces "This is the man!", the man who is the Word made flesh as referred to in the first chapter of John. Pilate mockingly inscribes "King of the Jews" over Jesus, again not realizing that his mockery is in fact royal pronouncement. And the graphic eyewitness details John provides from the foot of the cross leave no doubt of Jesus' actual death (i.e. no "swoon theory" can be plausible when you see a body impaled on a spear and clotted blood and water pour out from the heart and lungs of the corpse), and burial (i.e. no "wrong tomb" theory is plausible because John emphasizes that Joseph and Nicodemus buried Jesus in Joseph's brand new tomb - it would not be mistaken for others on Easter).
John's gospel concludes with the story of Jesus' restoration of Peter, by a charcoal fire where Peter is led to reaffirm his love three times, just as he had denied three times before by another charcoal fire. John tells us that the world cannot contain all Jesus' deeds. Wright helps us to see that this is because Jesus' deeds are still being undertaken by his body, each of us as believers.
Of all the "For Everyone" series I have read so far, I have enjoyed this volume the most.
One of an outstanding N.T. commentary/study series Dec 15, 2009
Wright uses the method of presenting his own translation of a short section of this gospel, followed by a somewhat longer commentary also his own. Usually has two to four such sections to each chapter. The translation is complete, contemporary and easy to follow. Commentary sees the Bible as a whole, digs into meanings and backgrounds and implications, calls upon personal happenings and experiences to illustrate, and often raises discussable questions. Wright's Anglican background occasionally (rarely) peeks through a little bit. Excellent.
This is Tom Wright doing what he does best Mar 9, 2009
Bishop Wright is CS Lewis for the 21st century. His two books about The Gospel of John are a sufficient introduction to that gospel for any Christian enquirer even at the most basic level but (and here is Tom Wright's real gift), they are never simplistic.
Bishop Wright doesn't skirt the tough issues but he takes care to stick to the important points. He never confuses the beginner with too much esoterica.
Unlike other brief commentaries, this author includes the full text of John's Gospel. Each section begins with the gospel text, followed by Bishop Wright's commentary.
Highly recommended by me for inquirer's classes, junior high Sunday School, basic Bible classes for adults with no previous exposure to Holy Scripture, and for curious non-Christians ("New Testament for Dummies").
Although the author is a Bishop in the Church of England & most of his readers so far have probably been Anglicans, these are by no means parochial works. I see them as exerting a strong appeal to anyone who wants to begin the study of John's Gospel, regardless of their religious orientation or lack thereof.
John for EVERYONE! Oct 1, 2008
This book is very easy to read. The reference materials is very relevant and the author catches the essence of each chapter to help readers to understand the heart of Jesus.
Each section is also separated into a limited 'dosage' and hence it can help all readers, including those who cannot afford long attention span to read and benefit from it too.
John for Everyone May 27, 2008
Author N. T. Wright provides a wonderful translation of scripture in modern vernacular that seems to speak to people of all ages, and from all walks of life. While I also like Peterson's modern language translation, "The Message," there are times that I prefer Wright's. His books are wonderful for sermon preparation and for Bible study groups, and I think they are advertised for the latter. Also, I like them for individualized study. His commentary meets people where they are; no talking head stuff. I recommend all of them very highly.