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The Gospel of St. John : the story of the Son of God
Drane, John William.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 1999.

Physical Description:
160 pages ; 21 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Introduction. John and the synoptic gospels ; Background of John in Judaism ; Archaeological discoveries ; Author and date of writing ; Purpose and structure of John -- Gospel of St John in literature. Themes and images ; Major characters -- Gospel of St John. Part one: the light revealed ; Part two: the darkness defeated -- Index of primary sources.
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BS2615.2 .G655 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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With words that echo the Old Testament story of creation, St. John sets his story of Christ in the cosmic framework of God's plan to save the world from the power of darkness. More than any other gospel writer, John illuminated the life of Jesus in an interesting way. In this book, John's gospel is presented along with commentary from well-known Biblical scholars and a foreword by Piers Paul Read.

Author Notes

John Drane is a scholar of Biblical literature who lives in the U.K.

Piers Paul Read is the author of Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors.

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Library Journal Review

Armed with forewords by the likes of John Updike and Desmond Tutu, this splendid new series re-introduces the Bible through its pervasive cultural presence. Each volume includes an informative and well-written introduction to the meaning of scripture in the works of Handel, Joseph Conrad, and many others, followed by selections from the Authorized Version. While this approach may be too literary for some readers, the series ought to remind many of the joy and profit to be found in these ancient writings and of their immeasurable influence from their own day to ours. Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

ForewordPiers Paul Read
John and the Synoptic Gospels
The Background of John in Judaism
Archaeological Discoveries
The Author and Date of Writing
The Purpose and Structure of John
The Gospel of St. John in Literature
Themes and Images
Major Characters
The Gospel of St. John
Part I The Light Revealed
Part II The Darkness Defeated
Index of Primary Sources