The Gospel of John
Daniel J. Harrington
Liturgical Press, 1998 - Religion - 594 pages
No other book of the New Testament has attracted as much attention from commentators as the Fourth Gospel. It has stirred minds, hearts, and imaginations from Christianity's earliest days. In The Gospel of John, Francis Moloney unfolds the identifiable "point of view" of this unique Gospel narrative and offers readers, heirs to its rich and widely varied interpretative traditions, relevance for their lives today. The Gospel of John's significance for Christianity has been obvious from the time of Irenaeus. It was also fundamental in the emergence of Christian theology, especially in the trinitarian and christological debates that produced the great ecumenical Councils, from Nicaea to Chalcedon. What sets this commentary on the Fourth Gospel apart from others is Moloney's particular attention to the narrative design of the Gospel story. He traces the impact the Johannine form of the Jesus story has made on readers and explicates the way in which the author has told the story of Jesus. Through this he demonstrates how the Gospel story articulates a coherent theology, christology, and ecclesiology.?The manner in which Moloney contains the size yet incorporates major past and contemporary scholarship makes the book a valuable contribution to Johannine studies. His ability to draw the reader into the narrative is exceptional.? The Australasian Catholic Record ?As each passage flows by, and with each dive into the original text, the author lays the groundwork and the foundation for his explanation: that the author of the fourth Gospel had a decided point of view that he wanted to get across, and that the modern reader can get as much out of the reading as a first century Christian. It helps us to understand how and why we made the choice to believe.? Crux of the News?With all the scholarly work done on the interpretation of the Gospel of John, is there a need for another? For this book, the answer is yes.? Crux of the News?All good libraries ought to have this commentary.? Vidyajyoti Journal"This commentary deserves to be widely used by both specialists and nonspecialists." The Catholic Biblical Quarterly"I can strongly recommend this as the most contemporary, insightful, and useful single-volume commentary on John that I know. ? Theological Studies"The author is interested in facilitating the Gospel?s speaking to contemporary readers, and he is consistently successful in doing so. The importance of this work in biblical studies is that it succeeds also in practicing a narrative criticism without denigrating historical critical questions. Hence, it is important for scholarship as well as for the Church.? Interpretation"This commentary further testifies to Frank Moloney's position at the front rank of international Johannine scholarship. The mastery of the second literature, old and new, is clear but never intrusive. The author creatively deploys the narrative critical approach in a concise and clear exposition that successfully unfolds the theological vision of the Gospel. Scholars, pastors, theological students and all whose faith leads them to seek deeper understanding will welcome this notable addition to Sacra Pagina." Brendan Byrne, S.J. Jesuit Theological College?This is a very significant addition to the Sacra Pagina series and to the literature on the Fourth Gospel.? The Heythrop Journal
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gets seriously stuck into Martha in Chapter 11. Well worth reading the absolute smashing he gives her.
I cannot believe that Moloney can say that Nicodemus question was immaterial.It is trite that you cannot Judge anyone "without first giving them a hearin", which set the standards for domestic and international law.It is simple as that.If Jesus was given an opportunity to be heard , he would have been vindicated ( and that is a joke as the son of God)but nevertheless that was not given...by who I really dont know.If it was granted for his love and kindness, he would have been acquitted and the world would have been a better place.I am sure that those who killed the son of God are living in misery.They will repeant and God will forgive.Every trial all over the world requires it now that you cannot condemn without a "right to be heard"!