Ephesus in the first century. One of the seven wonders of the world, the Temple to Artemis, was a prominent place of worship. The place of worship for Dionysius or Bacchus was also a common attraction.
John the beloved apostle wrote his gospel in Ephesus. References to the Jerusalem Temple would have resonated with the readers of the gospel in Ephesus. The readers would also be filled with wonder at hearing Jesus turn water into wine—what Dionysius did. Bacchus was a myth, but here was a man who had the power of Bacchus. But so much more than just Bacchus, but also Asclepius—the healer. All their lives the people of Ephesus knew the images of the gods, what they were meant to do: heal, transform matter. But here in John’s gospel, a man named Jesus—one man—did what the gods were rumored to do.
Michael Card finishes his series of commentary on the gospels with John the Gospel of Wisdom. Again Michael Card delves into the world of the first century imaginatively and brings the world, once again, to life. Reading these commentaries on the gospels truly quickens the spirit to want to follow Jesus, even to the cross.
This commentary on John is a wonderful conclusion to the series. The beloved apostle, but also the most read and loved gospel because of its Christology, poetry, theology, wisdom, and beauty.