If we simply entitled this review John, it would likely elicit a palm to the forehead reaction. Are there not enough commentaries, articles, comments, notes, etc., on the book of John? The answer is apparently not. Kregel Academic has developed a new series of commentaries that will include a host of New Testament books. The series is entitled “Through Old Testament Eyes.”
Thus, we have John: Through Old Testament Eyes, authored by Dr. Karen H. Jobes. There is no need for lengthy introduction on Dr. Jobes. As far as Johannine literature is concerned, she is at the top of the class. When I need to know more on what John has written, I will always seek Dr. Jobes’ knowledge and insight.
This new “Through Old Testament Eyes” series already has one volume – Mark and there are three more promised for the near future. They will all follow a similar structure and design organized in such a way that we receive not only background information but also methods of practical application. One can only pray that the others will be so informative.
The heart of the volume is the running commentary on the Gospel of John and the fulcrum is that virtually any and all Old Testament references and allusions are explored. Selected words and phrases from chapter and verse are meticulously examined always with the Old Testament in mind. For example, we are all familiar on some level with the narrative of Jesus and the Samaritan woman in John 4. Yet we are likely uneducated on the Jewish and Old Testament background to the story. Jobes guides us through this cultural-historical maze, selecting those portions, in a verse-by-verse format, that will aid our understanding of what occurred.
This volume (and I suspect the other volumes also) serves as an excellent resource for pastors and teachers. If you are heading into the book of John in any form of educational format, this book is well worth having at your side. Bear in mind this is a commentary, virtually verse-by-verse, and will have its maximum benefit as one studies John verse-by-verse.
Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by Kregel Academic for the purpose of a fair and honest review.