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The Gospel and Epistles of John: with Notes, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical
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The Gospel and Epistles of John: with Notes, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical


D. Appleton and Company 1876

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John’s Gospel, says Henry Cowles, was written for two purposes: “that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that, believing, you might have life through his name.” Cowles admits that his commentary, like the Gospel of John, can have no other purpose than this. John reveals Jesus to the world. To know Jesus as John reveals him is not only to know that he is sent from the Father, bears witness to truth, suffers as the Lamb of God, and rises from the dead—it is also to know his heart of love, sympathy, fellowship, and friendship. In this way, John’s writings bring Jesus impressively near. In addition to commentary on John’s Gospel, Cowles also provides commentary on the Epistles of John.

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Key Features

  • Examines the Gospel of John as well as the Epistles of John
  • Presents an essential commentary for today’s readers
  • Links all Scripture passages to the Bibles in your library

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About Henry Cowles

Henry Cowles was a professor at Oberlin College. He served as professor of languages from 1835 to 1837, professor of ecclesiastical history and pastoral theology from 1837 to 1840, professor of Old Testament literature from 1840 to 1848, and a lecturer on prophecy and biblical introduction from 1869 to 1878. He also served as editor of the Oberlin Evangelist from 1844 to 1862, where he promoted the efforts of the college and helped spread its theological ideals. While at Oberlin, Cowles advocated for African Americans during the decades preceding the Civil War, and promoted racial equality not only in academic settings, but also in his publications.

In 1863, at the age of 60, Cowles began writing his commentary on the Bible, and worked on the project nearly every day for 17 years. He also spoke and wrote widely on prophecy, biblical interpretation, and the practical application of the Bible for ordinary readers. He died in 1881.