The Gospel of John: A Thematic Approach

By R. Jackson Painter


Part of the genius of the Gospel of John comes from how the author infuses the gospel message into every part of the Gospel. In The Gospel of John: A Thematic Approach, Jackson Painter investigates John’s literary-theological strategy by identifying seven key themes and showing the reader how to detect them in any portion of the Gospel as well as how to see the themes interacting with one another to create John’s distinct theological message about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The author gives numerous examples of the elements and motifs that comprise the themes and presents three studies that illustrate how the themes interact. Students of the Gospel of John will come away with a newfound ability to understand and interpret the Gospel of John.


“What a gift! In this easy to follow and helpful book, Painter patiently explains how each key theme in John’s gospel works and then explores how it relates to other themes and contributes to the overall narrative flow of the gospel. I can’t think of a more reliable reader’s guide to the Gospel of John than this book.”
–Robb Redman
Dean and Vice President
Multnomah Biblical Seminary
Author of The Great Worship Awakening: Singing a New Song in the Postmodern Church

“The beloved gospel of John comes to life in a fresh way through Jack Painter’s thematic approach. Dr. Painter has a unique ability to blend theological depth and heartfelt devotion. For an age that is adrift-theologically, morally, philosophically, and spiritually-Painter’s work provides much needed ballast. He holds forth John’s gospel as a tapestry of themes. He then carefully unweaves the golden threads that we might gain a deeper, richer, fuller appreciation of our Savior. This is a great resources for groups, preaching series, classrooms, and personal spiritual growth.”
–Bill Giovannetti
AW Tozer Theological Seminary


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