John 1:1–7:1–Concordia Commentary Is Released by Concordia Publishing House
John 1:1–7:1, the twenty-ninth volume in the landmark Concordia Commentary series, is now available. Written by Dr. William Weinrich, this volume eloquently speaks of the centrality of the crucified Jesus in the Gospel of John, incorporating extensive knowledge of the book’s interpretation history to offer a Christological exposition of unparalleled depth.
In John 1:1–7:1, Dr. Weinrich provides an original translation, thorough verse-by-verse analysis of the Greek text, and theological interpretation of the Gospel’s message in its apostolic setting, as understood by the early church fathers, and for the life of the church today. His exposition abounds with weighty insights from his lifetime of deep reflection on the Christology, ecclesiology, and sacramental significance of the Gospel, providing extensive exegetical and homiletical assistance.
Critical Acclaim for John 1:1–7:1
"I esteem Dr. William Weinrich as one of the most remarkable and trustworthy Lutheran theologians of our time. 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 Dr. William Weinrich
Dr. Weinrich is a professor of Early Church and patristic studies at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he has taught since 1975. During his tenure at the seminary, he has served as supervisor of the STM program (1986–89), dean of the graduate school (1989–95), 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).
About the Concordia Commentary Series
Birthed in the Lutheran tradition and nurtured in historical and linguistic scholarship, the Concordia Commentary series takes seriously the Word of God for the church today. Each volume in the series is designed to enable professors, pastors, and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the biblical text.
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