The Gospel of John has long been a favorite of the church. But the distinctive voice of John in the quartet of Evangelists has beckoned modern scholars to a closer investigation. Although a better profile of the Fourth GospelÌ_s setting, structure and theology has been gained, a dossier of suspicions and allegations regarding the GospelÌ_s historical lineage and the veracity of its Jesus traditions has attacked its reputation.
In this fully revised edition of his well-established study of John, Stephen Smalley reviews and evaluates all the significant issues and critical problems of recent Johannine interpretation. He argues for the unique integrity of this Gospel, a work firmly rooted in the historical Jesus and yet drawing out the deeper significance of JesusÌ_ words and deeds.