John The Gospel of Belief: An Analytic Study of the Text

John The Gospel of Belief: An Analytic Study of the Text

John The Gospel of Belief: An Analytic Study of the Text

John The Gospel of Belief: An Analytic Study of the Text

Synopsis

In this useful analytical study Tenney discusses the structure of the Gospel of John and then presents a careful exposition of the text according to the six major periods of Christ's ministry that are suggested by the Gospel writer.

Excerpt

Nearly three thousand years ago Solomon said that of the making of many books there was no end. If he thought that was true in his day, I wonder how he would express the idea today, when more new volumes are printed in one year, in Europe and America, than were probably to be found in the entire library of this wisest of all men. This statement of Solomon’s, however, has in it a very serious admonition, which many people miss: If there is no end to the making of books, one thing is sure, we cannot, even if we would want to (and only a foolish man wants to) read all the books that are being published. In fact, a Christian cannot read all the books that are being published about the Bible and about the Christian faith, not even all the good ones. If, then, we cannot read all the books that have been and are now being published regarding our holy faith, it is necessary for us to exercise discrimination in the matter.

This necessity for separating the ordinary from the extraordinary, the good from the best, is particularly important in the matter of studies and commentaries on the various books of the Bible. Frankly, there are thousands of ordinary volumes about the Bible, and various parts of the Bible, that no one today need ever consult. I do not mean that these volumes which can be passed by do not contain some truth, and would not convey a blessing in reading, but I do mean that there are other volumes, on the same subjects, which are infinitely superior and these are the ones, when life is so short and the Word of God so important, that we ought to seek out.

I suppose that more volumes have been written about John’s Gospel, and parts of this Gospel, and the author, than about . . .

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