Book Review: The Farewell Discourse and Final Prayer of Jesus: An Evangelical Exposition of John 14-17, by D. A. Carson
The Upper Room Discourse in John 14-17 is one of the more significant portions of Scriptures. It contains Jesus’ explanation of him leaving to go back to heaven to prepare a place for his followers, his teaching on the coming and work of the Holy Spirit, and his commandment to love one another. The section concludes with Jesus’ high priestly prayer, where he prays for himself and intercedes for not only his immediate followers, but ultimately for us as well.
D. A Carson has written a very helpful volume unpacking this vital portion of Scripture. Stylistically, the book falls somewhere between a commentary and a sermon. While not academically oriented, it gives details of the passage. While not a verse by verse exposition, it nevertheless explains the meaning of each section and its implications for our lives today. The book is aimed for a more popular audience rather than a scholarly one.
As the author explains in the preface, the book grew out of a series of addresses given at several conferences in the USA and Canada. The book was originally published in 1980, but is now repackaged and republished in 2018.
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