A New Testament commentary steeped in the Old Testament.
Through Old Testament Eyes is a new kind of commentary series that illuminates the Old Testament backgrounds, allusions, patterns, and references saturating the New Testament. These links were second nature to the New Testament authors and their audiences, but today’s readers often cannot see them. Bible teachers, preachers, and students committed to understanding Scripture will gain insight through these rich Old Testament connections, which clarify puzzling passages and explain others in fresh ways.
In John Through Old Testament Eyes, Karen Jobes reveals how the Old Testament background of the Gospel of John extends far beyond quotes of Old Testament scripture or mention of Old Testament characters. Jobes discusses the history, rituals, images, metaphors, and symbols from the Old Testament that give meaning to John’s teaching about Jesus―his nature and identity, his message and mission―and about those who believe in him.
Avoiding overly technical discussions and interpretive debates to concentrate on Old Testament influences, Though Old Testament Eyes combines rigorous, focused New Testament scholarship with deep respect for the entire biblical text.
“But in Greek, the sense of the word leaned more toward what in English we would call trust. John the Evangelist calls his readers to trust God as he is revealed by Jesus Christ.” (Page 35)
“‘The new is in the old concealed; the old is in the new revealed.’” (Page 9)
“In biblical terms, ‘Glory is the visible manifestation of God.’8” (Page 37)
“Marriage was instituted by God at creation, and here Jesus affirms and honors the institution of marriage by performing this wonderful sign at a wedding. The setting of this miracle of changing water into wine at a wedding also connects with the Old Testament metaphor of marriage used to describe the relationship between God and his people. The Creator God is called the maker and husband of Israel (Isa 54:4–5). Isaiah also writes of a great banquet featuring the finest of wines (cf. Jn 2:10) that will inaugurate the messianic age and swallow up death forever (Isa 25:6–8). And so in Jewish religious imagery a wedding banquet also came to symbolize the beginning of the messianic age (cf. Rev 19:9, 17).” (Page 60)
“Britt Leslie explains, ‘There are three major aspects of light to be explored: light in relation to life [Job 33:30; Ps 49:19], light in relation to insight, wisdom, and/or knowledge [Ps 119:105, 130; Da 5:14]; and light in relation to the presence of God or the divine [Isa 60:19–20]. In asserting that Jesus is the light, the Gospel asserts that Jesus is the one who brings life, who brings insight/wisdom, and knowledge, and who is the presence of the divine among people.’” (Page 34)
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