The Gospel and Letters of John - Vol. 2

The Gospel and Letters of John - Vol. 2

The Gospel and Letters of John - Vol. 2

The Gospel and Letters of John - Vol. 2


Urban von Wahlde's radically new, three-volume commentary 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.

Nearly all of the problems confronted by those who study John have to do with the literary strata of the Gospel of John and their relation to the composition of the Letters of John. With an archaeologist's precision, and engaging a whole range of scholarly contributions in this area, von Wahlde digs down to the foundations and exposes three distinct literary strata in the development of the Johannine tradition. Volume 1 gives detailed evidence identifying and listing the criteria for each stratum. Volumes 2 and 3 apply those criteria to the Gospel and Letters of John respectively.


1 in the beginning was the WORD* and the word was with god and the word was god.

2 this one was with god in the beginning.

3 all things came to be through him and without him came to be not one thing that has come to be.

4 in him was life and the life was the light of all people.

5 and the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.

6 A man came to be, sent from God. His name was John. 7 This man came as a witness, to witness about the light in order that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light but was intended to witness about the light. 9 The true light, that shines on every person, was coming into the world.

10 he was in the world and the world came to be through him and the world did not know him.

11 he came into his own and his own did not accept him.

12 but to as many as did accept him he gave to them power to become children of god, to those believing in his name,

*Uppercase and small capital type is used to represent the material of the original hymn. Material of the first edition is in regular type throughout the Commentary. Material of the second edition is in italic and material of the third edition is in boldface.

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