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Westminster Bible Companion: John

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The Gospel of John is one of the most beloved books in the Christian canon. Its stories and images have long captured the imaginations of Christians. Not only is it one of the most popular writings of the New Testament, but many aspects of its style and outlook are distinctive. In this clear, thorough, and accessible commentary on the Gospel of John, scholars Gail O'Day and Susan Hylen explore and explain this Gospel's distinctive qualities.

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  • Provides a thorough introduction to and a critical reading of John
  • Unfolds the various contexts and principles found in Scripture
  • Helps prepare pastors, students, and laity relay the Bible's teaching in a clear way
  • The Prelude to Jesus’ Ministry
  • “Greater Things”: The Opening of Jesus’ Ministry
  • Jesus and Nicodemus
  • The Final Witness of John the Baptist
  • Jesus in Samaria
  • Jesus Heals an Official’s Son
  • Jesus Heals on the Sabbath
  • The Bread of Life
  • Jesus at the Festival of Booths
  • Jesus Heals a Man Blind from Birth
  • Jesus the Gate and the Shepherd
  • The Raising of Lazarus
  • The Prelude to Jesus’ Hour
  • The Last Supper
  • The Farewell Discourse
  • Jesus’ Arrest and Trial
  • The Crucifixion and Burial
  • The Resurrection
  • A Resurrection Appearance in Galilee

Top Highlights

“Jesus’ words communicate that he is under no obligation to respond simply because the woman who speaks is his mother (see his similar response to his brothers in 7:1–10). Instead, Jesus’ hour will dictate how and when he acts (v. 4).” (Page 35)

“‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God’ (John 1:1).” (Page 21)

“Nathanael’s resistance to Jesus is overcome because of Jesus’ ability to recognize who Nathanael truly is (‘an Israelite in whom there is no deceit,’ v. 47), an ironic counterpart to Nathanael’s inability to recognize who Jesus really is. The precise meaning of Jesus’ words about the fig tree is unclear, but their function in the story is to show that Jesus has insight that no one else has.” (Page 33)

“Following a miraculous meal set at the time of Passover, the sea crossing appears as a parallel to the crossing of the Red Sea. Jesus appears to the disciples as the One who led Israel through the waters. It is a powerful moment, in which the disciples glimpse the fullness of God’s presence in Jesus.” (Page 73)

“Jesus is inviting him (and the reader) to see life with God in categories that reshape the everyday. To be born again is what makes it possible to see the kingdom of God and to begin to reframe our understandings of God. It is the beginning point, not the endpoint, of growth with God.” (Page 43)

  • Title: John
  • Authors: Gail R. O'Day, Susan E. Hylen
  • Series: Westminster Bible Companion
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox
  • Print Publication Date: 2006
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 216
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. John › Commentaries
  • Resource ID: LLS:WBCS64JN
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-10-05T17:25:44Z

Gail R. O'Day is Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs and A. H. Shatford Professor of Preaching and New Testament at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. She is the author of many books on John, including the volume in New Interpreter's Bible. She is also co-editor of The Access Bible.

Susan E. Hylen is Mellon Assistant Professor of New Testament at Vanderbilt University.


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  1. Garrett Tyson
    Gail O'Day is definitely worth reading, but the commentary you want of hers is in the New Interpreter's Bible Commentary series edited by Leander Keck (Volume 8).
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