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Kostenberger's Johannine theology reviewed in Bible Study Magazine

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The team over at Bible Study Magazine shared their new review of Andreas Kostenberger's A Theology of John's Gospel and Letters with us. If you haven't checked out that publication yet then you're missing out! :-) See for more info.

And now for the book review...

A Theology of John’s Gospel and Letters: The Word, the Christ, the Son of God

Zondervan, 2009 (Biblical Theology of the New Testament Series)

TheologyofJohn Andreas J. Kostenberger focuses on John’s argument for belief in Christ (John 20:31).

In Part 1, Kostenberger addresses the historical questions: authorship and the trustworthiness of John’s writings. After engaging scholarship, Kostenberger concludes (in opposition to the views of several scholars) that John wrote the books named after him.

The literary aspects of John’s writings are investigated in Part 2. Kostenberger looks at John’s use of irony and symbolism. Almost 100 pages of this volume is a careful reading of John’s writings based on their literary structure and various theological themes.

Almost half the book (Part 3) investigates the major themes of John’s theology. Themes addressed include John’s: worldview, use of Scripture, ideas about creation, view of the trinity, understanding of community, and love.

Kostenberger’s work is written for theologically-trained readers. But it is accessible via his straightforward writing, numerous indices, and detailed table of contents. Preachers who want their church members to recognize the larger ideas contained in John’s writings should read this book.

Reviewed by Stephen M. Vantassel (for Bible Study Magazine)

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