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John
Kanagaraj, Jey J.

Eugene, Oreg.: Cascade, 2013 pp. xxviii + 264. $32

Series Information
New Covenant Commentary, 4


Description: In this commentary Kanagaraj examines how John projects the church as God's "new covenant community," which, is characterized by two virtues: love and obedience. Impossible to exhibit under the old covenant based on Moses' Law, these qualities became possible by the initiative grace and faithfulness of God revealed in Jesus and demonstrated by the power of the Spirit.

God's new community is an inclusive and progressive community because its witness to Jesus in a world that hates and persecutes it has the power to bring in all people so that they may become one flock under one shepherd. Kanagaraj argues that the idea of founding and nurturing a new community was in God's heart even before the time of creation and not just at the time of incarnation.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Textual Criticism

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Review by Nijay Gupta
Published 7/29/2014
Citation: Nijay Gupta, review of Jey J. Kanagaraj, John, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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