Publishing houses are aware of the need of providing the Church with Greek New Testament resources addressed to pastors and preachers. There is a considerable amount of resources in the market. Some of them are classics and some are new additions to the study of the Greek New Testament, just like the volume I am reviewing here.
John’s Letters: An Exegetical Guide for Preaching and Teaching, by Herbert W. Bateman IV (Kregel, 2018) is one of the three volumes (along with Philippians and Ephesians) Kregel published as a part of the series Big Greek Idea.
This new series is characterized by the combination of the study of the Greek text and the main idea (big Greek idea) every clausal portion contains. Frist, this volume opens with an introduction where the author presents terminology used through the book, as well as guidance on how to use this book and its resources. Each epistle is preceded by a brief introduction to the correspondent letter.
The author opens every clause by introducing the big Greek idea, followed by a structural overview and an outline of the text. Then he elaborates the clausal outline using the Greek Text (Nestle-Aland, Novum Testamentum Graece, 28th Revised Edition) and the author’s own English rendering translation. After that, the section Syntax Explained provides the commentary in itself. There are occasions when the author introduces a Syntactical, lexical or a lexical theological nugget. He does so in order to provide additional information on terms that require further investigation. There is a nugget index at the end of the book to help readers to identify the nuggets provided by the author.
The volume closes by offering four appendixes. The first three appendixes are interpretative translations of each epistle. The fourth one is a list of figures of speech in John’s writings.
Overall, I can say this volume is a mine for pastors, preachers, New Testament professors and students as well. Its structure, content and proficiency constitute this book, and the Big Greek Idea Series, as one of the most invaluable resources for the study of the Greek New Testament. Pastor will find this book especially helpful in preparing their sermons, as the author provides outlines and the main idea for each clause, something pastor need to identify in order to elaborate their sermons.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255