John is a Gospel of abundant truth, life, and love. David Ford, one of the world’s leading Christian theologians, invites readers into a fresh, profound encounter with Jesus through the Gospel of John in this verse-by-verse theological commentary. This commentary will be of interest to professors and students doing research on John and the reception of the Gospel in Christian theology. It is also well suited for personal study and for pastors needing a handy reference for sermon preparation.
“The extreme importance of the example of footwashing is now made clear by a remarkable series of emphatic statements. Nothing else in the Gospel of John is insisted upon like this. It is all the more forceful by contrast with the lack of such imperatives connected with earlier actions of Jesus, beginning with the first sign of turning water into wine.” (Page 259)
“This is full self-expression. God is free to express completely in Jesus who God is. Such a unique act of self-revelation in history has to be told mainly through the medium best suited to unique events involving people: testimony in story form. So most of the Gospel is in the form of a dramatic narrative.” (Page 29)
“For John the question Who is Jesus? is utterly central, his opening way of answering it is ‘the Word,’ and the meaning of this resonates with all Scripture. As Martin Hengel says, ‘The Prologue is a witness to a theology of the whole Bible’4 (see the further quotation from Hengel in the sidebar).” (Page 30)
“The response will be the event that enables that global reach. More precisely, it will be the person at the heart of that event: ‘And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’” (Page 240)
“Daring prayer and daring action are two sides of the same coin. They are both to be in line with who Jesus is, to be done ‘in my name.’” (Page 270)
David Frank Ford (born 23 January 1948, Dublin) is an academic and public theologian. He has been the Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge since 1991. His research interests include political theology, ecumenical theology, Christian theologians and theologies, theology and poetry, the shaping of universities and of the field of theology and religious studies within universities, hermeneutics, and inter-faith theology and relations.