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In John 1–10 and John 11–21 Lidija Novakovic provides a foundational analysis of the Greek text of John. The analysis is distinguished by the detailed yet comprehensive attention paid to the text. Novakovic’s analysis is a convenient pedagogical and reference tool that explains the form and syntax of the biblical text, offers guidance for deciding between competing semantic analyses, engages important text-critical debates, and addresses questions relating to the Greek text that are frequently overlooked or ignored by standard commentaries.
Beyond serving as a succinct and accessible analytic key, John 1–10 and John 11–21 also reflect the most up-to-date advances in scholarship on Greek grammar and linguistics. These handbooks prove themselves indispensable tools for anyone committed to a deep reading of the biblical text.
"The aim of this series is to supplement standard New Testament commentaries with an ‘accessible and succinct’ guide to the dynamics of the Greek text, and in these volumes Lidija Novakovic does this for the Fourth Gospel with precision, care, and clarity. Her methodological assumptions are crafted with considered sensitivity to scholarly discussion on Johannine style. Her glossary furnishes a ready means for entering the kind of discourse required by syntactical and text-critical issues. Her analysis, itself, while comprehensive, is consciously pitched to the problems most challenging for interpretation." - Michael A. Daise, Walter G. Mason Professor, College of William & Maryh
"Novakovic provides a welcome and long-anticipated contribution to the BHGNT series. Tackling the deceptive simplicity of John’s language, Novakovic deftly untangles John’s subtlety and takes up grammatical questions too often overlooked in commentaries or dismissed by those too focused on John’s ‘elementary Greek.’ Her insights not only guide readers just beginning to learn more about Greek syntax but also engage seasoned scholars by offering detailed interpretations with ranging interpretive and theological possibilities." - Alicia Myers, Associate Professor of New Testament & Greek, Divinity School, Campbell University
"Because grammar and syntax are the foundations for interpretation, this handbook is a valuable resource for serious students of the Gospel of John. In the introduction Novakovic briefly summarizes distinctive characteristics of the Gospel’s vocabulary and style, repetition and variation, tenses and verbal aspect, and word order. The translation provides a fresh, literal rendering of the Greek text, which is itself often a guide to interpretation. While this is not a commentary, the annotations on well-known cruxes of interpretation are remarkably insightful. These are volumes you will want to keep on your desk!" - R. Alan Culpepper, Dean and Professor of New Testament Emeritus, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University
Lidija Novakovic is Professor of New Testament at Baylor University.