Based on the Revised Standard Version - Catholic Edition, this fifth volume in this Bible study series leads readers through a penetrating study of the Gospel of John, using the biblical text itself and the Church's own guidelines for understanding the Bible. Ample notes accompany each page, providing fresh insights by renowned Bible teachers Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch, as well as time-tested interpretations from the Fathers of the Church. These helpful study notes make explicit what John often assumes. They provide rich historical, cultural, or theological information pertinent to the Gospel.
The Ignatius Study Bible also includes Topical Essays, Word Studies and Charts. Each page also includes an easy-to-use Cross-Reference Section. Study Questions are provided for each chapter of the Gospel that can deepen your personal study of God's Holy Word. There is also an introductory essay covering questions of authorship, date, destination, structure and themes and an outline of the Gospel of John and several maps.
The Story of Jesus is the biographical account of Jesus’ supernatural birth, controversial life, unjust death, confirmed resurrection, and promised return to earth as told by John, the beloved disciple. This book is a resource to introduce Jesus’ life and the work of his Spirit to invite seekers, encourage saints, and challenge skeptics.
Possibly the best-known verse in the Bible is John 3:16, which demonstrates how much God loves each and every one of us:
“He gave his uniquely conceived Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life.”
What a gift! What a promise!
The Passion Translation is a new, heart-level translation that expresses God’s fiery heart of love to this generation using Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic manuscripts, merging the emotion and life-changing truth of God’s Word.
When John first met Jesus he was introduced as “the Lamb of God” from the preaching of John the Baptist, an expression that had special meaning to the Jews. Later on he came to know him by his given name, “Yeshua,” not an uncommon name in that day, which through transliteration into English became “Jesus.” But John learned something about this man that was far more significant than his earthly name, and he introduced him in this account as O Logos.
It would be misleading to give this Greek word one English meaning, because it is used to convey several ideas. As a common term in ordinary narrative it may mean “word,” “speech,” or “utterance.” But in reference to Jesus, John did not use it as a common term. He used it as a philosophical term. As noted by one scholar, “The Hebrew Targums or paraphrases of the ancient scriptures; the Wisdom literature of Judaism, both in Palestine and Alexandria; the speculations of Philo; the philosophy of Heraclitus, and that of the later Stoics, all use the idea of the Logos to explain the mysterious relation of God to man”1. Another writer noted, “The answer to the antinomies of the Greek philosophies, as the philosophers taught, was a conception called logos.”
At the close of this account by John he states his purpose in writing it. “These (things) have been selected and written down to help you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, so that you may receive eternal life as the result of believing in his name.” Since John’s concern was to give a Divine explanation for the philosophical questions being discussed in his day concerning the idea of God and his relation to man he used the term the philosophies were using to identify who Jesus was. In that sense logos meant much more than “word” as is commonly used today. It was a revelation of who God is and how he has entered the human race in the Person of Jesus to answer the questions being commonly asked by the philosophers. John’s Gospel is therefore about the Logos Man, and to communicate the same relevance in today’s culture we have titled it, “The Answer,” because Jesus indeed is The Answer to everything human beings want to know about God.
On the other hand, if Jesus was simply a good teacher who performed no authentic miracles, why did it take three years to arrest and convict him? What made the authorities hesitate? And if the gospels are partially exaggerated or fictionalized, why are they so candidly unflattering about the failings of Jesus’ followers? These are questions not frequently asked.
Stuart Hayes has advanced degrees in both science and divinity, so he brings a rigorous but respectful approach to the gospel of John. This book combining reflection and commentary is intentionally written with laypeople in mind using careful, but commonsense thought. That is not to say it will be dismissed by, or is dismissive of, the work of scholars. Instead, it is a book written to people genuinely wrestling with doubts about the authenticity of the work of the gospel writers that often go unaddressed by, or made inaccessible by scholars. In an unusual approach, this book examines John’s Gospel to find internal evidences of historical dependability and also reconciles passages where skeptics think there are errors. There has been much valuable and helpful work examining the historicity of scripture using both textual criticism and higher criticism. However, there is a need for a careful reading and reflection of the gospels themselves, by themselves, in order to uncover and focus on internal authenticities in the narratives.