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Love in the Gospel of John: An Exegetical,…

Love in the Gospel of John: An Exegetical, Theological, and Literary Study

by Francis J. Moloney, SDB

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Love in the Gospel of John by Francis J. Moloney is a scholarly study, but is not written at a level that excludes sincere, careful readers. Many messages presented by Moloney from John's gospel can open the reader's eyes to a better understanding of the lessons which he believes are at the core of John's gospel. This very brief review will highlight some of the lessons which resonated particularly with this reader.

Believing in Jesus because of the works/signs he does, is not enough for authentic faith because Christian belief "cannot be reduced to an intellectual experience…authentic faith must be accompanied by an unconditional acceptance of the word of Jesus, who is himself the word.(1,1; 14) Anything short of that is insufficient". (41) Faith must be accompanied by doing God's will.(44)

According to Moloney, there is the misconception that Jesus came to die on the cross. Moloney claims: "The glorification of Jesus does not happen on the cross. He is glorified by means of the cross. Jesus will be glorified only when…through the cross and resurrection he returns to the glory he had with the father before all time…"(53)

Moloney points out that Jesus has been sent to do the will of him who sent him. Then he asks, what has Jesus been sent to do? "The task of Jesus is to give eternal life. Jesus explains immediately, 'And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.'"(54)

This study will provide insight and inspiration for readers who love the Gospel of John and for those who are trying to better understand the Gospel message. ( )
  bunniehopp | Apr 24, 2014 |
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The command to love is central to the Gospel of John. Internationally respected scholar Francis Moloney offers a thorough exploration of this theme, focusing not only on Jesus's words but also on his actions. Instead of merely telling people that they must love one another, Jesus acts to make God's love known and calls all who follow him to do the same.

This capstone work on John's Gospel uses a narrative approach to delve deeply into a theme at the heart of the Fourth Gospel and the life of the Christian church. Uniting rigorous exegesis with theological and pastoral insight, it makes a substantive contribution to contemporary Johannine scholarship.

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