Maarten J.J. Menken.Studies in John’s Gospel and Epistles: Collected Essays (Contributions to Biblical Exegesis and Theology 77. Leuven: Peeters, 2015) xiv-455 pp. Maarten J.J. Menken. ISBN: 978-9042932012. Price: $74.32
Johannine literature has always been one of the most interesting areas in Biblical studies. This fact may be attributed to the triangulation between the Gospel of John, the Johannine Epistles and the book of Revelation. Some scholars support the point of view that John is the author of the previously mentioned writings, while a considerable number of scholars advocate for a totally different interpretation regarding the authorship of these books.
Maarten J.J. Menken (1948-2016) produced an outstanding volume containing twenty-two essays in John’s Gospel and Epistles. The essays were written between 1980-2014, for a total of twenty-four years of investigation and study. Some of the essays are a reprint from periodicals or volumes. Five of the essays are translations from Dutch (four essays) and German (one essay).
The structure of this volume is simple. Part I (twelve essays) addresses Thematic Studies such “Born of God” or “Begotten by God”; Genesis in John’s Gospel; Jewish Feast in the Gospel of John; The Composition of John’s First Letter, juts to mention few. Part II (ten essays) deals with Studies of Individual Passages. “The Lamb of God” (John 1:29) in the Light of John 3:4-7; The Use of the Septuagint in Three Quotations in John: John 10:34; 12:38; 19:24; or The Image of Cain in John 3:12, are some of the passages the author disseminates.
Maarten supported the idea that the Gospel of John and the three Epistles of John were written by the same author. His usage of passages from the Gospel of John to support his interpretation of 1 John, and vice versa, points to a common author theory. This volume is written from a scholar perspective. A basic knowledge of New Testament Greek is recommended, thought the author did not make a disproportionate usage of Greek terminology.
Pastors, preachers, and Bible students will benefit from reading this book as it provides a deeper interpretation of particular passages and themes the Gospel and the three Epistles of John provide.
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