In this first volume, of his mammoth 3-volume Gospel and Letters of John Urban von Wahlde analyzes each stage and stratum in the Gospel's composition, lays the theoretical groundwork for his verse-by-verse commentary in the other two volumes, and puts forward the first-ever history of the development of Johannine theology.
This radically new, three-volume commentary by Urban von Wahlde on The Gospel and Letters of John is the most detailed study of the composition of the Johannine literature ever put forth by an American scholar.
Some of the most serious problems involved with interpreting John are due to the complex history of the Gospel's composition. While many scholars overlook the various inconsistencies and conflicting 'voices' present in this Gospel, von Wahlde painstakingly examines them, exposing the distinct stages - and literary strata - in the Johannine tradition and showing how each represents a further theological development. His thorough and precise exegesis will lead readers to a fuller understanding of both the Gospel and the Letters in all their richness.