Theology of the gospels book recommendations

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  1. evangelist6589

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    I am interested in some good commentaries focusing on the gospels, but I am NOT interested in verse by verse commentaries as I already have these, but more dramatic/narrative commentaries. David Jeremiah is a 5 star author and I am reading his commentaries on Daniel & Revelation he gets me excited as he makes things more interesting for the reader. There are 500,000 verse by verse commentaries so if anyone can make a good recommendation for a commentary on the gospels, or more or less the gospel of John for me that would be great. Remember avoid verse by verse commentaries, avoid apologetics books, and avoid New testament surveys as I already have all these, thanks..


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    There are half a million commentaries on the gospels? Really?

    What do you want to believe? Pick someone who tells you what you want to hear.

    This is like asking which Supreme Court judge should I listen to to intepret the Constitution, Ginsberg or Thomas?

    Try just reading the gospels alone and ask God to show you what they are really saying.
     
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    There is a reason why God gave us teachers. There is a reason why he gave us preachers. Winman do you go to church and if so why? You have the Bible, why even go to church and hear someone preach?
     
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    JC Ryle I have heard of him and heard good things about him. I am gonna take a look at thee books which I hope are not verse by verse commentaries. Thanks..
     
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    I d not read online books, but your link led me to another book and I think I found the pudding.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/0802836836/?tag=baptis04-20
     
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    I know it's not exactly what you asked for but there is an excellent theology book written by Frank Thielman on the entire New Testament - and his analysis of the specific themes in each of the Gospels separately followed by a synthetic unifying summary of overarching themes is fantastic! It is called: Theology of the New Testament: A Canonical and Synthetic Approach. Each Gospel is considered in its own chapter and is then followed by a summary chapter to look at overarching themes in the Gospels. The first 218 pages are dedicated to the Gospels - more than adequate IMO. The book is fantastic and I wrote a review on Amazon at that link rating it five stars. No single volume I own in all of my theological library packs such a punch and is so readable and is as enjoyable as that book. I personally learned a lot about the themes in the Gospel of John from that book. His insights on Luke's theology are also good.

    Thielman after covering the Gospels then does the same with the epistles and considers each in their historical, social, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds as the backdrop for the theology and then examines the specific reasons for which each epistle was written and to what audience(s), and then at the end of the book he writes summaries on Paul's theology and the theology in the general epistles, and then finishes off with a grand finale of the overarching themes across the entire New Testament. So he gives you a unique blend of a micro (book-by-book) and macro (common themes across books) perspective of the theology in the NT, which was incredibly helpful for me. This by no means is a New Testament survey but is an actual theological study of each of the NT books written with considerable thought, Scripture quotation, and scholarship (it has a good deal of footnotes for additional reading) from a professor of Theology and New Testament Greek at Samford's Beeson Divinity School.

    If you want a succinct analysis (not a verse by verse commentary) of each of the Gospels separately that takes into account their unique character, audience, and purpose and then follows up by showing all of their unifying themes as well then I heartily recommend Frank Thielman's book. I even had the pleasure of meeting Theilman one time. Great guy. Anyway, I hope you find this suggestion helpful.

    God Bless,
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    I loved NT Wright's How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels

    I couldn't put it down!

    I want to read Thielman's NT theology too. I'm still reading Beale's.
     
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    Thank you for this recommendation. I do have the NDBT which may be similar to this one. I am adding this book to my wish list.
     
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    If you're looking for individual commentaries...start with the international Critical Commentary series, then go to the New International Greek Testament Commentary. These are usually the best.

    If you're looking for a NT theology, Schreiener's New Testament Theology is good. I haven't read Beale's new one but I hear a lot of good things.
     
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    Actually (perhaps I did not state this clearly) I am looking for a easy to read commentary written in the style that David Jeremiah uses in his Daniel commentary, and the style MacArthur uses in his Tale of Two sons commentary. I am not interested in a greek/exegetical commentary as I am not in seminary, and want a application/interest commentary.
     
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    Cool, I'll have to check out those books you are reading as well!

    No problem. I hope it is as enjoyable and helpful for you as it was for me. I think the greatest attraction to his style of writing for me is his intelligence, clarity, and sincerity with which he writes and shows all throughout the book. And it truly brings into focus the center of all theology: Jesus Christ. Rare qualities to find coupled together in a single work.

    God Bless,
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    So do you want a commentary or a theology book of the gospel accounts??? The 2 are different.
     
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    Jeremiah's book is a commentary. However a good commentary will cover both. However a theo book will focus on various themes in the text. Jeremiah's book does not.
     
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    have you red the theology of the NT by GE ladd?
    was required reading while in school, and thought was very well done!
     
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    Depending what you want to study in them. John McArthur wrote a book called twelve ordinary men it goes into the 12 apostles that is a good read and has some good teaching points.
     

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