JOHN INTERPRETATION by GERALD S. SLOYAN

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The bottom line: Read this book.

 

Anyone looking to expand their knowledge base on the fourth chapter of the synoptic gospel would be satisfied with the John Interpretation. The author makes frequent side-references to scriptures and traditions relevant only to the Catholic Church, but otherwise presents a clear and objective commentary. The text proves helpful in exegesis, hermeneutical analysis, and obtaining a historical perspective on the events surrounding Christ’s ministry in the holy land under Roman rule in the first century. I found Sloyan’s description of how the hostile relationship between the Jews and Samaritans developed and the political dynamics of being Jewish and living under Roman rule particularly helpful in understanding Christ’s ministry and the legal significance of his “trial” and crucifixion.

 

Dr. C.H.E. Sadaphal

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