John
IVP
 

John

Understanding the Books of the Bible

by Christopher R. Smith

John
paperback
  • Length: 131 pages
  • Published: July 10, 2010
  •  Discontinued
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-5802-6
  • Item Code: 5802
  • Case Quantity: 32

"These things are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name."

This is how the apostle John describes his purpose in telling the story of Jesus, first through his public ministry, then through private instruction of his followers. This unique guide takes readers through the gospel of John as a whole and then helps them engage and understand each of its individual sections. The 26-lesson format is ideally presented for group or individual studies and will evoke deep conversation and personal growth through a whole new way of learning from and engaging God's Word.

The Understanding the Books of the Bible study series helps readers understand the biblical story by not only talking about what the authors wrote, but also how they wrote. Quite often, recognizing whether a passage is poetry, proverb, or history and discerning how the author built his book will unlock its meaning for today's reader.

The Rev. Dr. Christopher R. Smith is an author and biblical scholar who lives in East Lansing, Michigan. He served local churches for nearly twenty years in Massachusetts, Ontario and Michigan and is now a volunteer campus staff member with Graduate InterVarsity at Michigan State University. He was a consulting editor to the International Bible Society (now Biblica) for The Books of the Bible, an edition of the Scriptures that presents the biblical books according to their natural literary outlines, without chapters and verses. He was one of the translators for The Voice Bible. Smith has a B.A. in literature from Harvard, a master's degree in theological studies from Gordon-Conwell, and a Ph.D. in historical theology and Bible from Boston College. He has taught visiting, adjunct and extension courses at Williams College, Regent College and the Ontario Bible College (now Tyndale University College). His articles have appeared in professional journals such as Novum Testamentum, New Testament Studies and the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, in periodicals such as Bible Study Magazine, and on websites such as The High Calling of Our Daily Work.

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