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The Gospel According to John: A Literary and Theological Commentary [Paperback]

By Thomas L. Brodie (Author)
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Pages   640
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1.6"
Weight:   1.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1997
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0195118111  
EAN  9780195118117  

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This commentary expands Johannine studies in two directions. First, drawing on the methods of literary criticism, it gives new force to a view which is both ancient and modern--that John's gospel, far from being a poorly-edited mixture of sometimes-conflicting traditions, is in fact a coherent unity, an account of Jesus which, however diverse its sources, is a finely-chiselled work of art. Second, it indicates that the unity of John's gospel is founded ultimately not on history or theology but on spirituality. This too corresponds to a view which is both very old--John was always known as the spiritual gospel--and very recent. The present study spells out that idea in new detail. It indicates that the account of Jesus is so written that the tensions and complexities of the text reflect the tensions and complexities of human life, providing the reader not only with an account of Jesus but also with an anthropology--a map of the development of the human spirit.

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More About Thomas L. Brodie

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Brodie, an Irish Dominican, has taught scripture in the West Indies and the United States. He is now doing research in Ireland and South Africa.

Thomas L. Brodie has an academic affiliation as follows - Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick Aquinas Institute Aqui.

Thomas L. Brodie has published or released items in the following series...
  1. New Testament Monographs

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Not the best, but best not to overlook this one...  Feb 17, 2005
Thomas L. Brodie gives the reader a very stimulating read of John's text. As a pastor who is preaching through the fourth Gospel, I have found Brodie's insights very helpful at times. I also appreciate his helpful summaries of other leading commentaries (e.g., Brown, Schnackenburg, Barrett, Lindars, etc.). There are times when reading this work where you feel as though the author is stetching things a bit too far in order to make a connection, but I would rather have this than the frustration that would come with a writer who never takes a risk.

My advise is to use this in conjunction with another commentary whose primary focus will be exegesis and history. But much will be lost if not consulted.
An Excellent Mid-Level Commentary  Dec 20, 2004
Brodie's work is an undervalued gem in the trinket-heavy pawn shop of Johannine studies. With most critical commentaries, you either sacrifice ingenuity or orthodoxy; Brodie's work survives with both intact. Not that I agree with all of his conclusions -- but where we differ I can still respect and appreciate his positions. I learned to rely heavily on his commentary in my own current research. Recommended for those who want a more critical introduction to the FG and something beyond the typical (e.g., Brown, Schnack, Carson, and Bultmann).
The heavy use of symbolism undermines his study of the text.  Dec 11, 1998
The strongest point of Brodie's commentary is his literary approach which has greatly helped him to organize his work. However, after admitting in his introduction that the theological method of study tended to lend itself to the use of arbitrary symbolism, Mr. Brodie does not seem to make any attempt to curb his use of symbolism as he treats the text of the Gospel of John. This results in his reading into the text elements which are not present instead of trying to dig into the real meaning of the text.

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