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Encountering John, Second Edition: The Gospel in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective

ISBN: 9781441257499
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In this updated edition of his successful textbook, leading evangelical New Testament scholar Andreas Köstenberger offers a guide to John’s Gospel that is informed by current scholarship but written at an accessible level. The book has been revised throughout and features a new interior design.

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“At the very outset, John’s gospel claims to represent apostolic eyewitness testimony regarding Jesus’s earthly ministry.” (Page 4)

“We conclude, therefore, that John’s occasion for writing was most likely the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, an event that he considered an opportunity to present Jesus as filling the void left by the loss of the Jewish central sanctuary. John’s purpose for writing his gospel was (indirect) Jewish evangelism.” (Page 10)

“The answer is this: the one who created the Sabbath has authority over it; he determines its purpose, its use, and its limitations.” (Page 81)

“Thus the footwashing becomes an acted parable of the theological significance of the incarnation itself.” (Page 132)

“It seems likely this gospel was written after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem.” (Page 8)

  • Title: Encountering John: The Gospel in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective
  • Author: Andreas J. Köstenberger
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Encountering Biblical Studies
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Resource Type: Introduction
  • Topic: John

With the Logos edition, you can reap the maximum benefit from Encountering John, 2nd ed. by getting easier access to the contents of the Encountering the Bible series—helping you to use these volumes more efficiently for research and sermon preparation. Every word from every book has been indexed and catalogued to help you search the entire series for a particular verse or topic, giving you instant access to cross-references. Additionally, important terms link to your other resources in your digital library, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, commentaries, theology texts, and others. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for because in Logos, your titles will automatically integrate into custom search reports, passage guides, exegetical guides, and the other advanced features of the software. You'll have the tools you need to use your entire digital library effectively and efficiently, searching for verses, finding Scripture references and citations instantly, and performing word studies. With most Logos resources, you can take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps, providing you the most efficient and comprehensive research tools in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Andreas J. Köstenberger (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior research professor of New Testament and biblical theology and director of PhD studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Encountering the Gospel of John, The Book Study Concordance of the Greek New Testament, and The Missions of Jesus and the Disciples according to the Fourth Gospel. He also translated Adolf Schlatter's two-volume New Testament Theology, and editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society.


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