The Gospel of John, full of striking language and symbolism, is familiar to many as a sourcebook of favorite quotations. However, it is far more difficult to read this complex and subtle Gospel as a coherent whole on its own terms. In John to the well-received Paideia New testament commentary [PCNT] series, an expert on John's use of ancient dramatic rhetoric conventions helps students and pastors do just that.
Paideia commentaries explore how New Testament texts form Christian readers by:
Attending to the ancient narrative and rhetorical strategies the text employs
Showing how the text shapes theological convictions and moral habits
Commenting on the final, canonical form of each New Testament book
Focusing on the cultural, literary, and theological settings of the text.
Making judicious use of maps, photos, and sidebars in a reader-friendly format
This commentary, like each in the projected eighteen-volume series, proceeds by sense units rather than word-by-word or verse-by-verse. Thus, while it focuses on meaning, its major concerns are rhetorical and literary structure.