Kregel has launched Through Old Testament Eyes series and two volumes have been published so far: Mark and John. Karen H. Jobes is the author of John Through Old Testament Eyes, a commentary that can be described, short and brief, as an accessible commentary for all audiences. But, why?
First of all, Jobes avoids referencing technical methods and linguistic terminology, allowing readers with no presupposed knowledge on Biblical languages to enjoy a fluid reading. There are times when she inserts Greek terms, but they are minimum and most of the times a transliteration is provided to facilitate readers the study and reading of this volume. There are other commentaries that are more technical, but this volume is not intended to compete with them.
Secondly, Jobes provides explanatory notes of different nature that are a common denominator in the series. Readers will find four clearly identified sections:
- Running commentary is the author’s commentary in itself. If you are considering to acquire Jobes’ commentary, there is something you need to know: there are some verses in almost every chapter where no commentary is provided. As an example, page 168 contains running commentary for verses 9:22, 9:24, 9:28 and 9:29. This means Jobes does not provide commentary on verses 23, 25, 26 and 27. This is something common among one volume commentaries on the whole Bible, but difficult to find in single volume commentaries.
- Through the Old Testament eyes is a series of excursus where Jobes establishes connections between the Gospel of John and parallel texts from the Old Testament.
- What the structure means is devoted to provide explanation on structural issues such as chiastic structures, units and subunits, and other issues related to textual structure.
- The Going Deeper sections are a great resort that can help readers to deepen more into different topics that may require additional explanation. Jobes does an excellent job in choosing those topics needing an extra attention.
So, what audiences may benefit from this volume? Clear and plain: any audience. There may be readers who can find this volume to be “too basic”, but no reader could say this volume is “too difficult” for me to read, and I truly believe that is point in its favor. Readers with an intention of approaching to the Gospel of John from a deeper perspective for the first time, will benefit from this volume. Church study groups may benefit from this commentary as well. Sunday School leaders and pastors will find this volume to be an excellent resource to prepare their classes or sermons.
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