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Product Details

  • Series: The NIV Application Commentary
  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1ST edition (September 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310497507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310497509
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. In other words, they focus on the original meaning of the passage but don’t discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable—but the job is only half done!

The NIV Application Commentary Series helps us with both halves of the interpretive task. This new and unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into a modern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it can speak powerfully today.

About the Author

Gary M. Burge (PhD, King's College, Aberdeen University) is a professor of New Testament in the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College and Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois. Gary has authored a number of books, including Who Are God’s People in the Middle East? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians; John and Letters of John in the NIV Application Commentary series; The New Testament in Antiquity (coauthored with Lynn Cohick and Gene Green); and the first three volumes in the Ancient Context, Ancient Faith series, The Bible and the Land and Jesus, the Middle Eastern Storyteller, and Encounters with Jesus. Gary specializes in the Middle East, its churches, and its history in the Hellenistic period.


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Gary M. Burge (Ph.D., Aberdeen University, Scotland) is a professor of New Testament in the Department of Biblical & Theological Studies at Wheaton College and Graduate School near Chicago, IL. Gary also keeps an active speaking schedule (see www.garyburge.org). In addition he has accepted invitations to lecture in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

Gary has authored a number of books both on the New Testament and the Middle East. His theological works include commentaries on the Gospel and Letters of John, a textbook on the New Testament, four volumes explaining the cultural background of Jesus and the gospels, and technical volumes on the study of Johannine theology. His book Whose Land? Whose Promise? (2003; 2nd ed. 2013) won national awards as a critical analysis of the current Arab-israeli conflict from a Christian perspective. His recent Jesus and the Land (2010) is a theological examination of this same conflict.

Customer Reviews

I would highly recommend this commentary to anyone looking for a solid intermediate commentary.
parkerj
I have read one other commentary by Burge for a class I took, and found it, although not the easiest of reading, very insightful.
Steve Stauffer
They are very approachable and commenting on the text from the original meaning and contemporary significance is very helpful.
Parson Swede

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Chad Davies on November 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this commentary after being very pleased with Burge's commentary on the Letter of John from the same commentary series. I was looking for a commentary that laid out the issues and ideas of mainstream theological thought about John's Gospel without getting bogged down in either the details of the Greek or the complexity of academic discourse. In short, I was looking for a commentary I could use to get a "lay of the land" in terms of modern scholarly interpretation before plunging into the more detail oriented commentaries found in the Word and NICGT series. Additionally, in Burge's other commentary I found a willingness to consider some of the issues and currents coming from the emerging movement and how they might be addressed Scripturally.

I found that this commentary not only met my needs but exceeded my expectations. While I have a great fondness in my heart for Bruce's commentary on John, I have found myself reaching first for Burge's work when preparing to lead a group of college students in a study centered around examining answers to Jesus' question, "Who do you say I am?" I have found that Burge fairly and insightfully includes the work of others (Bruce, Morris, Beasley-Murray, etc.) in his comments, notes and bibliography even when it is clear that he doesn't agree with their conclusions. Unlike other reviewers, I have found Burge's comments on the contemporary significance of the Gospel insightful and relevant for the types of conversations our group seems to have. Finally, I have really appreciated Burge's willingness to allow both the mystery and sacramental perspectives of traditions within Christianity to be considered even if his own faith tradition may not accept these from a theological perspective.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Troy McClure on January 26, 2006
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I have read 5 to 10 of the NIV Life Application Series commentaries (a quality series), and Burge's volume on John is easily my favorite. Burge's scholarship and writing are solid and the book is a joy to read. The book of John comes alive when the context is discussed along side the text. You will never view the phrases "bread of life," "living water," and "light of the world" the same again.

Regarding the Contemporary Significance, Burge does spend *some* of the discussion on Israel and Palestinians, a touchy subject to say the least. Dr. Burge has spent a great deal of time in the middle east, and it is a subject that he is passionate about. However, his "controversial" statements are things like, "There are thousands of Palestinian Christians in Israel who are not terrorists; they are brothers and sisters in Christ and part of the international church, and they deserve our support." It is something that many Christians never hear about (and need to hear about), and I found his coverage of the subject to be refreshing. Nevertheless, that topic is only a small part of the Contemporary Significance; there is much more to be gained if you read it.

I could not recommend this book any higher.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lindsey Brage on November 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I found this book incredibly helpful to my personal and academic study of the book of John. This commentary is the most helpful and the most applicable I think I have ever seen. It is so insightful, and allows even a casual reader to delve into the scripture to discover what these words ment to Jesus and how they can be applicable to our lives today. I read John very much differently than I did before readign this book. I give it an A+
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By parkerj on May 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC for the remainder of this review) is a unique commentary that seeks to give the reader both the meaning of a passage of Scripture in its original context and a practical application for today's life.
The NIVAC on John begins with an introduction chapter that discusses the authorship of the book, date and origin, the theology of the book, and the literary layout of the book. The introductions to most commentaries prove to be useful because they give much more information that a typical study bible would, but it is still short enough to be read through in one sitting. The next section is a one page diagram on the structure of the Gospel of John. I found this diagram to be very clean and neatly organized providing the reader with a quick "fly over" of what the order of the Gospel will look like. All of this is introductory material and includes a bibliography as well.
The Text and Commentary section of this book will divide each passage of Scripture into three sections:
Original Meaning - This is the section where the author will explain the meaning of the text in its original context. The author spends a great deal of time explaining the historical and cultural context of the passage. This is significant and essential in helping the reader understand the author's intent. Throughout this commentary the author does a great job of presenting the reader with a wealth of information without getting bogged down in language or deep academic debate. There are commentaries for that, but this is not one of them. While it isn't a more scholarly commentary it is both strong intellectually and yet very accessible to a lay person.
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