Throughout Christian history, the Gospel of John's distinctive way of presenting the life, works, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus have earned it labels such as "the spiritual Gospel" and "the maverick Gospel." It has been seen as the most theological of the four canonical Gospels. In this volume, leading biblical scholar Richard Bauckham illuminates main theological themes of the Gospel of John, providing insightful analysis of key texts.
Some of the themes Bauckham addresses have been much neglected, and others have been much debated during the past century of New Testament scholarship. Bauckham sheds light on the "individualism" apparent in John's portrayal of the believer's relationship to Jesus and the mutual indwelling of individuals (Jesus and God, the believer and Jesus); divine and human community; how Jesus reveals God's glory and how disciples participate in it; John's understanding of the key events in his christological story; baptismal and eucharistic overtones; the background and significance of John's dualistic language; and how John's language evokes multiple meanings without negating the literal sense of his narrative. A concluding chapter explores the significance for faith of the differences between John and the other Gospels.
This compact volume will serve students as an ideal supplemental text in a course on John or the four Gospels. Gospel of Glory will also serve New Testament scholars and theologians as a reexamination of the Fourth Gospel by a master of their guild.
2. Divine and Human Community
4. Cross, Resurrection, and Exaltation
7. Dimensions of Meaning in the Gospel's First Week
8. The Johannine Jesus and the Synoptic Jesus
"Bauckham offers a series of probing essays on the Gospel of John and its theology. They display the qualities that mark all of Bauckham's scholarship: a mastery of the field, an attention to exegetical detail, theological sophistication, and an independent judgment in constructive dialogue with an impressive array of Johannine scholars. Written in an accessible way, these essays will introduce Bauckham to those who do not know his work as they continue his stimulating contribution to the conversation about the elusive but engaging Gospel of John."
Harold W. Attridge, Sterling Professor of Divinity, Yale Divinity School
"These studies on the Gospel of John combine close attention to the details of the text with an open sympathy for its themes and emphases. They are models of theological exegesis."
Larry W. Hurtado, emeritus professor of New Testament language, literature, and theology, New College, University of Edinburgh
"We can be grateful that Professor Bauckham has chosen to devote his considerable talents to an exploration of selected themes in Johannine theology. While not aiming to be comprehensive, this volume makes a significant contribution to the study of John's theological thought. No one interested in Johannine theology can afford to ignore this important collection of essays."
Andreas J. Kӧstenberger, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Bauckham awakens readers to nuances in Johannine language and concepts of which habit has left us unmindful and makes visible the allusions to prophetic texts veiled by Johannine narrative art. He refreshes soteriological discourse about individualism and sacramental language and reopens the discussion of the relationship of the Johannine and the Synoptic Jesus. Bauckham's encapsulation of previous scholarship and presentation of new insights will delight and challenge both student and scholar."
Jo-Ann A. Brant, professor of Bible, religion, and philosophy, Goshen College
"Senior British New Testament scholar Richard Bauckham here offers eight essays on some of the most difficult themes in Johannine studies. His aim is not to deconstruct Johannine history but to elucidate the more nuanced meanings of the Gospel as we have it. From this point forward, no complete discussion of John and the Synoptics or Johannine sacramentalism (as well as the other subjects) can neglect this thorough, critical work."
Gary M. Burge, professor of New Testament, Wheaton College and Graduate School
"I read Gospel of Glory with great pleasure and with my own commentary on John within reach. I found frequent agreement, occasional disagreement, and, on every page, enrichment. The first chapter alone ('individualism' in John's Gospel) is worth the price of the book. The chapter on the Gospel's first week offers a fascinating glimpse of what Bauckham's forthcoming commentary on John may look like, and yet Gospel of Glory is no mere appetizer but a meal in itself."
J. Ramsey Michaels, professor emeritus, Missouri State University, Springfield
"From individual to community, from glory to the cross, from sacraments to dualism, from the call of the disciples to their later witness, Gospel of Glory breaks new ground. Not only is John's narrative now welcomed to be read alongside the Synoptics in discerning the Jesus of history, but the Synoptics can now be read side by side fruitfully as informing the Christ of faith. Readers of John's Gospel--and of the others--will want to read this book!"
Paul N. Anderson, professor of biblical and Quaker studies, George Fox University