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The God of the Gospel of John


Eerdmans 2001

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The God of the Gospel of John offers a comprehensive study of the concept of God in John’s Gospel. Marianne Meye Thompson shows that one must first grasp the importance of God to John before one can properly appreciate the Gospel’s Christology and overarching message. By arguing that John is rightly understood to be a “theocentric” work, Thompson challenges the prevailing theory that John is primarily concerned with Christology. While Thompson uses traditional historical and exegetical approaches to the New Testament and ancient sources, her study is mainly theological in scope. She asks how John portrays God and how, after reading the Gospel, we ought to speak of the identity of God.

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Key Features

  • Offers a comprehensive study of the concept of God in John’s Gospel
  • Discusses the importance of God to John in appreciating the Gospel’s Christology
  • Presents theological, historical, and exegetical approaches to the New Testament and ancient sources


  • Introduction: The Neglected Factor in New Testament Theology
  • The Meaning of “God”
  • The Living Father
  • The Knowledge of God
  • The Spirit of God
  • The Worship of God
  • Concluding Reflections: The God of the Gospel of John

Praise for the Print Edition

Thompson provides sure-footed and wisely judged analysis of the subtle and sometimes complex way that the Gospel of John both presents Jesus with reference to God and emphasizes that God is truly revealed in Jesus. This distinctive and valuable study is important for any serious student of the New Testament and early Christianity, a ‘must’ for studies of the Gospel of John, and should be acquired by any serious library serving these fields.

Larry W. Hurtado, emeritus professor of New Testament language, literature, and theology, University of Edinburgh

Characterized throughout by gracious, penetrating engagement with the Fourth Gospel and its modern readers and by maturity of reflection and insight, The God of the Gospel of John is a most welcome harbinger of the future of New Testament studies.

Joel B. Green, professor of New Testament interpretation, Fuller Theological Seminary

This monograph is an incisive, well-written, mature and valuable study of God in the Fourth Gospel. It should be on the desk of every Johannine scholar and on the shelves of any serious theological library.

Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses

Product Details

  • Title: The God of the Gospel of John
  • Author: Marianne Meye Thompson
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 279
  • Christian Group: Evangelicals
  • Resource Type: Monographs
  • Topic: John

About Marianne Meye Thompson

Marianne Meye Thompson is George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, and an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Her previous books include the Two Horizons Commentary: Colossians and Philemon and The IVP New Testament Commentary Series: 1-3 John.

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