In the second volume, of his mammoth 3-volume Gospel and Letters of John, Urban von Wahlde provides a detailed commentary on the Gospel of John. He includes his own translation from the Greek (with material from each edition of the Gospel indicated by typeface) along with detailed notes on individual verses. He also sets forth a developmental commentary that shows the meaning of each passage - and how and why the meaning may have changed throughout the Gospel's development - and he demonstrates how individual passages contribute to the overall structure and 'religious thought' of the Gospel at each point in its composition and in its present form.
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.