Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Richard Bauckham's Gospel of Glory

An embarrassment of riches awaits students of the Fourth Gospel as a proliferation of excellent secondary literature continues to be published at a rapid clip. In particular, many excellent introductions to the Fourth Gospel already exist (see Brown [Moloney], Kysar, Anderson, Köstenberger, etc.), with more on the way (Skinner [Reading John; Cascade; forthcoming]). One of these anticipated arrivals, Richard Bauckham's Gospel of Glory: Major Themes in Johannine Theology (Baker Academic), will be a must have for any serious student of John's Gospel. Undoubtedly, the volume will give readers a sneak preview of the author's highly anticipated commentary on John for the NIGTC series. Due in August, and weighing in at 240 pp ($24.99), Bauckham provides an overview of the relevant themes unique to this Gospel.

Here are the particulars:

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 Richard Bauckham, a leading biblical scholar and a bestselling author in the academy, illuminates main theological themes of the Gospel of John. Bauckham provides insightful analysis of key texts, covering topics such as divine and human community, God's glory, the cross and the resurrection, and the sacraments. This work will serve as an ideal supplemental text for professors and students in a course on John or the four Gospels. It will also be of interest to New Testament scholars and theologians.

 Contents:  Introduction/Preface 1. "Individualism" 2. Divine and Human Community 3. Glory 4. Cross, Resurrection, and Exaltation 5. Sacraments? 6. Dualisms 7. Dimensions of Meaning in the Gospel's First Week 8. The Four Gospels and the "Real" Jesus Indexes

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