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Believers Church Bible Commentary: John (BCBC)

ISBN: 9780836196672


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The gospel of John’s “from above” orientation transforms our human “from below” assumptions and habits. It draws us into union with God and into unity with one another. It communicates who Jesus is, in both intimate and profound dimensions. The book of John shapes Christian identity, invigorates worship, and implants eternal hope. “John’s gospel defies description,” marvels Willard Swartley. “It soars like the eagle, links heaven and earth, and both comforts and convicts the human heart. Its Christology is rich, with a plethora of titles for Jesus-even the divine eternal I am.”

Though commentaries on John abound, this volume follows the unique Believers Church Bible Commentary Series format, providing sections on the text in biblical context and the text in the life of the church. According to Swartley, this format serves well the interests of seminary students and pastors especially.

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  • Title: John
  • Author: Willard M. Swartley
  • Series: Believers Church Bible Commentary
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2013
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 593
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. John › Commentaries
  • ISBN: 9780836196672
  • Resource ID: LLS:BCBC64JN
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-02-17T21:28:51Z

In the Logos edition, this BCBC commentary is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Willard M. Swartley is director of the Institute of Mennonite Studies and professor of New Testament at the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, Elkhart, Indiana. He teaches courses in biblical interpretation, New Testament theology and ethics, and war and peace in the Bible.

He holds a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary and he has studied at Garrett Theological Seminary. He received his BD from Goshen Biblical Seminary and earned his BA at Eastern Mennonite College.

Swartley has published numerous articles, among them “The Biblical Basis of Stewardship” in The Earth Is the Lord’s (Paulist Press, 1978); “Politics and Peace (Eirene) in Luke’s Gospel” in The New Way of Jesus (Faith and Life Press, 1980); and a scholarly essay on Ignatius in Vigiliae Christianae (1973).

Swartley served on the Mennonite Publication Board from 1971 to 1980. He has taught at Goshen College, Eastern Mennonite College and Seminary, and Conrad Grebel College.


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  2. Douglas Miller
    For Willard Swartley's John commentary, here are the blurbs on the back of the book, usually included here but for some reason missing: This commentary embodies the qualities of the fourth Gospel itself: luminous clarity combined with theological depth. Especially noteworthy is Swartley's emphasis on the ethics of the gospel and its message of peaceful community formation --Richard B. Hays, dean, Duke Divinity School Swartley provides access to a rich storehouse of insights gained through his expansive reading of Johannine scholarship and experience in the global church. His strong narrative voice makes this commentary coherent to a broad audience, and a pleasure to read. --Jo-Ann A. Brant, professor of Bible, Goshen College Working on historical, literary, theological, pastoral, and spiritual levels, Willard Swartley has produced a remarkably fine, reader-friendly commentary on John's Gospel for our times. --Rekha M. Chennattu, professor of New Testament, Pontifical Institute of Philosophy and Religion, Pune, India Willard Swartley helps us to meet Jesus anew and to experience more fully his light, life, and love. How? By responding to his radical call to mission, discipleship, and peacemaking: "As the Father has sent me, so I send you" --Todd Friesen, pastor, Lombard (Illinois) Mennonite Church


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