Kanagaraj, Jey J.
Eugene, Oreg.: Cascade, 2013 pp. xxviii + 264. $32
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
Review by Nijay Gupta
Citation: Nijay Gupta, review of Jey J. Kanagaraj, John, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).
Adobe Acrobat Reader
All RBL reviews are published in PDF format. To view these reviews, you must have downloaded and installed the FREE version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Reader or you have an older version of the Reader, you can download the most recent version now.