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Description - John Through the Centuries by Mark Edwards

This pioneering commentary embraces the full scope and themes
raised in John's Gospel, offering an engaging and perceptive
reading. Mark Edwards explores a diverse range of excerpts and
creative responses, with particular emphasis on the treatment of
the Gospel in English poetry.

Explores the diverse themes and issues raised in John?s
Gospel, and considers its influence on figures from Saint
Augustine, to Dorothy Sayers and Bob Dylan.

Treats well-known interpreters such as Thomas Aquinas along
with lesser-known figures such as the Gnostic Heracleon, and the
sixth-century hymn-writer, Romanos.

Brings ancient and modern commentators into dialogue with each
other, and takes a critical stance towards some parallels drawn by
modern scholars between the Gospel and the surrounding pagan

Features excerpts from a wide variety of poets who give a
creative interpretation of John?s Gospel, and considers many
artistic representations.

Suggests that imaginative response can illuminate a reading of
the Bible where purely critical and historical analysis has proved

An accessible introduction and extensive section notes address
interpretations of the Gospel from antiquity to the present.

Published as part of the ground-breaking Blackwell Bible
Commentaries series.

More information about this series is available from the
Blackwell Bible Commentaries website at

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780631229063
ISBN-10: 063122906X
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards is Tutor in Theology and Lecturer in Patristics at Christ Church College, University of Oxford. He is the author or translator of numerous volumes, including Origen against Plato (2002).

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