John by Edward W. Klink III (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary New Testament Series. 9780310243601. Hardback. $49.99)
This series is designed for those who know biblical languages. It is written primarily for the pastor and Bible teacher, not for the scholar. That is, the aim is not to review and offer a critique of every possible interpretation that has ever been given to a passage, but to exegete each passage of Scripture succinctly in its grammatical and historical context. Each passage is interpreted in the light of its biblical setting, with a view to grammatical detail, literary context, flow of biblical argument, and historical setting. While the focus will not be on application, it is expected that the authors will offer suggestions as to the direction in which application can flow.
Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? What We Can Learn from Ancient Biography by Michael R. Licona (Oxford University Press. 9780190264260. Hardback. $35.00)
“Anyone who has looked at a synopsis of the Gospels will have wondered why the accounts of the same events in different Gospels vary. Michael Licona breaks new ground by arguing that the writers used the same compositional devices as the biographer Plutarch employed when he reworked the same material in more than one of his biographies. This is an illuminating fresh approach to understanding how the Gospel writers used their sources.”—Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies, University of St. Andrews