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Product Details

  • Series: 21st Century Biblical Commentary Series
  • Hardcover: 233 pages
  • Publisher: AMG Publishers (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899578128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899578125
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular seminar lecturer, and dedicated worker in Sunday school, and has developed over 20 resource packets for leadership education. He began teaching at Midwest Bible College, St. Louis, Missouri, for three years and was not satisfied with his textbooks so he began writing his own (he has published over 100 books listed in the Library of Congress, 7 listed in the Christian Booksellers Best Selling List; several becoming accepted as college textbooks. He is also the 1995 recipient of the coveted Gold Medallion Award awarded by the Christian Booksellers Association for writing the Book of the Year, i.e., The Names of the Holy Spirit.

He was President of Winnipeg Bible College for five years, leading it to receive American Accreditation and Provincial authority to offer degrees (1960-1965). He taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in greater Chicago, Illinois, in the field of Religious Education and Evangelism (1965-1971).

He is co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty's existence. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus with 39,000 in the Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), and he is the Dean of the School of Religion.

Dr. Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 50 theological seminaries in America and abroad. He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries. He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees. Four doctoral dissertations have analyzed his contribution to religious education and evangelism.

His personal education includes a B.S. from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

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The author has captured so much of the life of Christ.
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Towns' commentary is easy to understand and is well written in a structured, yet relaxed style.
Gregory D. Harper
Easy to read, well written, smooth...what else could you ask for?
Gary Hale

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Addressed from a dispensational, pre-trib, pre-millenial perspective, this book (one of the first three in the new "21st Century Biblical Commentary Series" - the other two being "Romans" and "Revelation") is a superb commentary even if you don't fall into the camps above. It does not treat the reader as a total beginner, nor does it expect the reader to be a learned theologian (though both groups will benefit from this commentary). Covering essential doctrines, terms, and concepts, "The Gospel of John - Believe and Live" is an excellent start to the series and an excellent addition to one's personal library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary Hale on March 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've never done any commentary reading before this and found this to be very well written and informative. I like how he picks out choice words in the Greek and re-defines them in their original context. He is very faithful to the original meaning and that is why I appreciate this commentary so much. Easy to read, well written, smooth...what else could you ask for?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregory D. Harper on December 5, 2012
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The Gospel of John: Believe and Live, by Elmer Towns, is the Twenty-First Century Commentary Series' contribution on the Book of John. This to-the-point commentary contains several charts, maps, and visual representations of the many literary devices the reader may not even realize John uses in his gospel. A bibliography and endnotes facilitate additional study. The book is written for all Bible students, formal and laymen alike. Towns' commentary is easy to understand and is well written in a structured, yet relaxed style. Although at times he does demonstrate the use of the original Greek text, the reader does not by any means need to be a Bible scholar to comprehend his meaning. The commentary is simply organized. It is divided into 22 chapters, and as with other commentaries in the series, each chapter begins with a Twitter-esque preview, followed by the exposition and wrapped up with study questions. This is not what I would call a scholarly commentary. It does not contain the Scripture passages with a painstaking exegesis of the text like the larger commentaries. While it does include some exegesis, the book is largely expositional. Undergraduates may find it a little light, but Town's offers unique insights in this volume that won't be found anywhere else. For example, Towns' consistently highlights John's use of certain key words (e.g. believe, live), the number 8, and an integral chronology in his gospel. The best thing about this commentary is that it is quite substantial for a shorter volume. I used this commentary as a required text in a 300 level Bible course, and it served me well. I got the book used, and it is still in great shape after much use. I would recommend it to any adult who desires to dig beneath the surface of John's gospel. It's a good one to read before jumping into something like the NICOT, Baker Exegetical, or even the NIV Application Commentary. This one is just right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Associate on February 17, 2012
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This book is required reading for a course I'm taking. The author has captured so much of the life of Christ. It's almost like he took up where the Apostle John ended. In almost every verse there are insights previously hidden from the casual reader of the Bible. This book was a great find for me.
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By JF on August 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Great commentary.

The whole 21st Century Bible Commentary Series is biblically sound: exegetical, yet providing sound doctrine and overview for application in daily life.

The Editor of the entire Bible Commentary Series is Mal Couch.

Mal Couch has many free articles and audio teachings on the website:

WWW.SCOFIELDPROPHECYSTUDIES.ORG
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By discipleman on February 6, 2014
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I was expecting a more thorough commentary but this one just doesn't go deep enough. I will say though that the book arrived quickly, and for that I am thankful.
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