Friday, June 22, 2007
The Messiah in John's Gospel
Late at night I have taken to watching two or three chapters from the Gospel of John Movie. Most enjoyable, and what I have noticed again and again is the importance of the is-he-or-isn't-the-Messiah motif that runs throughout. The big question of John is not: is Jesus God? But, is he the Messiah and what kind of Messiah is this?
In thinking over things, I have discovered that the studies that I have found the most helpful for wrestling with John's Gospel were ALL written by Australians (no surprises there):
Leon Morris, Jesus is the Christ: studies in the theology of John (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1989).
John W. Pryor, John, evangelist of the covenant people: the narrative & themes of the fourth Gospel (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 1992).
John Painter, The quest for the Messiah: the history, literature, and theology of the Johannine community (Nashville: Abingdon, 1993).
Francis J. Moloney, The Gospel of John (SP; Collegville, MN: Liturgical, 1998).