The lowly and simple majesty of John’s language calls the reader to become a disciple of the Word became flesh, and so to share in that which he himself is: eternal life. In John, the voice of the Word is heard; the Paraclete is speaking. God makes himself known, proffers himself, and so becomes our God. Thus, the Gospel invites us to see and to hear what apart from the Gospel cannot be seen and cannot be heard: the Father of Jesus, who is the true and divine Son. And in seeing the Father in that we see the Son, we can truly pray with Jesus, “Our Father.”
This commentary contains Dr. Weinrich’s original translation of John 1:1–7:1, a painstaking verse-by-verse analysis of the Greek text of these chapters, and theological exposition of the Gospel’s message, both for the apostolic church in its original context, and for the life of the Christian church today. His expertise in the early church fathers demonstrates how this Gospel was understood from the earliest times in the infant Christian church. Another unique aspect of this commentary is the interwoven extensive knowledge of the interpretation history of the Gospel of John. Dr. Weinrich explores both classic scholarship and modern interpretations of the book.
"I esteem Dr. William Weinrich as one of the most remarkable and trustworthy Lutheran theologians of our times. Firm rootedness in the Scriptures, rare knowledge of early church fathers, and deep understanding of the ecclesial nature of Christianity allow him to present biblical theology in the richness of its genuine form. Dr. Weinrich has a blessed gift to disclose not only the truth of our faith but also its beauty. These traits permeate his commentary on the Gospel of John. The balanced approach of an academic scholar and of a practical theologian makes this book a truly valuable resource.”
—The Most Reverend Janis Vanags, Archbishop of Riga, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia
“Years of distinguished service to church and world, including an extraordinary career of seminary leadership and teaching, combine with a lifetime of exceptional scholarly reflection upon the works of the apostle and evangelist St. John and the history of the church’s reception of John’s works to produce a tremendous accomplishment. Deftly crafted with masterful attention both to the subtle nuances of the Greek and to the theological breadth and the depth of the most “spiritual” of the Gospels, Dr. Weinrich’s John 1:1–7:1 is precisely the sort of seasoned exposition that those who know him best have come to expect. Weinrich is to be heartily commended for his outstanding achievement and encouraged not to keep his readers waiting for too long before theirs is the great pleasure of access to his exposition of the rest of this Gospel.”
—Dr. Bruce G. Schuchard, Professor of Exegetical Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
“This commentary offers us an unexpectedly fresh interpretation of the first six chapters of the Gospel of St. John. We had missed the astonishing insights and profound understandings now given in this exciting exposition. Dr. Weinrich is an expert not only in New Testament exegesis but in patristics as well, allowing him to make both ancient and modern commentators fruitful for our benefit. He carefully exposes the OT background of this Gospel’s principal theme: the exaltation of Christ on the cross as the reality of the paschal new exodus which exists for us in the Sacrament of Baptism.”
—Dr. Jobst Schöne, Bishop Emeritus of the Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche (Independent Evangelical-Lutheran Church), Germany
About the Author
William C. Weinrich is professor of early church and patristic studies at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., where he has taught since 1975. During his tenure at the seminary, he has served as supervisor of the STM program (1986–1989), dean of the graduate school (1989–1995), and academic dean (1995–2006). He also served the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia as rector of its theological school, the Luther Academy, in Riga, Latvia (2007–2010). He served The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as third vice-president (1998–2001) and as fifth vice-president (2001–2004). He retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel from the Indiana Air National Guard after serving as chaplain (1978–2004). Read More >
About the Series
The Concordia Commentary series is designed to enable pastors, professors, and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the biblical text. This landmark work will cover all the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, interpreting Scripture as a harmonious unity centered in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Every passage bears witness to the Good News that God has reconciled the world to himself through our Lord’s life, death, and resurrection. This scholarly commentary series fully affirms the divine inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture as it emphasizes “that which promotes Christ” in each pericope. Read More >
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