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Background Information

Employment History

Cascadia Publishing House LLC

Teacher
Eastern Mennonite University

Provost
Messiah College

Affiliations

Professor Emeritus of New Testament
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Professor Emeritus of New Testament
Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Professor Emeritus of New Testament
Being God

Education


sociology
Messiah College

B.A.

Eastern Mennonite College

B.D.

Goshen Biblical Seminary

M.A.
Modern European History
Southern Methodist University

M.Div.

Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Ph.D.

Princeton Theoligcal Seminary

Web References (141 Total References)


MennoMedia

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"John's gospel surprises," says author Willard Swartley and longtime New Testament professor. He says the gospel of John is clear and easy to understand, yet "the reader is mystified by its literary features of double meanings, fascinating symbolism, and its frequent use of irony."

According to Swartley, John's gospel focuses on Jesus' connection to Jerusalem rather than to Galilee as the synoptic gospels do. It is "feast-oriented," with John transforming the meaning of temple and feasts. John combines themes of life and light with discussion of agape love and costly discipleship.
Swartley finds John's gospel "scintillating and puzzling. His commentary examines questions such as who the "beloved disciple" is who witnesses Jesus' deeds and words, and why this gospel presents "the Jews" negatively, when Jesus and most of the characters are also Jews.
This Believers Church Bible Commentary: John has been a major focus of Swartley's writing over the past six years since he's retired. He describes the 538-page volume as the "fruit of a hermeneutic [Bible interpretation] community. It includes insights from his "Gospel of John" students at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), Elkhart, Ind., and from five consultants, two of whom have published on the Gospel of John and one who has written a dissertation on John.
The Believers Church John commentary includes a supplementary web file, referenced in every chapter. It also has a companion volume written by Swartley: Living Gift: John's Jesus in Meditation, Poetry, Art and Song (Evangel Press, Nappanee, IN). Living Gift contains poetry, song, and art from a variety of sources. Indexed by topic, it provides spiritual formation aids, using the arts to resource worship leaders, pastors, and others.
Willard M. Swartley is professor emeritus of New Testament at AMBS, where he taught for 26 years. Swartley holds a PhD in New Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has also taught at Eastern Mennonite University and pastored at Locust Grove Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind.
Swartley is the author of 10 books, most recently Send Forth Your Light from Herald Press, Covenant of Peace from Eerdmans, and Health, Healing and the Church's Mission from InterVarsity Press. Swartley is also the editor of 30 books, of which ten are New Testament volumes in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series. Swartley served as New Testament editor for the commentary series from 1990 to 2002.


MennoMedia

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"John's gospel surprises," says author Willard Swartley and longtime New Testament professor. He says the gospel of John is clear and easy to understand, yet "the reader is mystified by its literary features of double meanings, fascinating symbolism, and its frequent use of irony."

According to Swartley, John's gospel focuses on Jesus' connection to Jerusalem rather than to Galilee as the synoptic gospels do. It is "feast-oriented," with John transforming the meaning of temple and feasts. John combines themes of life and light with discussion of agape love and costly discipleship.
Swartley finds John's gospel "scintillating and puzzling. His commentary examines questions such as who the "beloved disciple" is who witnesses Jesus' deeds and words, and why this gospel presents "the Jews" negatively, when Jesus and most of the characters are also Jews.
This Believers Church Bible Commentary: John has been a major focus of Swartley's writing over the past six years since he's retired. He describes the 538-page volume as the "fruit of a hermeneutic [Bible interpretation] community. It includes insights from his "Gospel of John" students at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), Elkhart, Ind., and from five consultants, two of whom have published on the Gospel of John and one who has written a dissertation on John.
The Believers Church John commentary includes a supplementary web file, referenced in every chapter. It also has a companion volume written by Swartley: Living Gift: John's Jesus in Meditation, Poetry, Art and Song (Evangel Press, Nappanee, IN). Living Gift contains poetry, song, and art from a variety of sources. Indexed by topic, it provides spiritual formation aids, using the arts to resource worship leaders, pastors, and others.
Willard M. Swartley is professor emeritus of New Testament at AMBS, where he taught for 26 years. Swartley holds a PhD in New Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has also taught at Eastern Mennonite University and pastored at Locust Grove Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind.
Swartley is the author of 10 books, most recently Send Forth Your Light from Herald Press, Covenant of Peace from Eerdmans, and Health, Healing and the Church's Mission from InterVarsity Press. Swartley is also the editor of 30 books, of which ten are New Testament volumes in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series. Swartley served as New Testament editor for the commentary series from 1990 to 2002.


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Willard Swartley is professor of New Testament at the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana.He has served as seminary dean 1979-81, 1990, and 1995-2000.He has been a Bible teacher in congregational settings and churchwide conferences, in both North America and overseas.His special interests are in the Gospels, the peace teachings of the Bible, and biblical interpretation.He is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite College (B.A.), Goshen Biblical Seminary (B.D.), and Princeton Theological Seminary (1973 Ph.D.).

Swartley is the New Testament editor for the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series and New Testament editor for a book series on Studies in Peace and Scripture.Swartley earlier taught at Eastern Mennonite University and served as interim dean there also.He directed the AMBS Institute of Mennonite Studies from 1979-1988.He also taught at Goshen College, Eastern Mennonite College and Seminary, and at Conrad Grebel College.
Among Swartley's publications are Mark: The Way for All Nations (Herald Press, 1979, rev. 1981); Slavery, Sabbath, War and Women: Case Issues in Biblical Interpretation (Herald Press, 1983); editor of Love of Enemy and Nonretaliation in the New Testament (Westminster/John Knox, 1992 [available at Sigler Press]); Israel's Scripture Traditions and the Synoptic Gospels: Story Shaping Story (Hendrickson, 1994); "War and Peace in the New Testament," in Auftstieg and Niedergang der römischen Welt (ed. W. Haase and H. Temporini, Part II, Vol.


Pandora Press U.S.: VIOLENCE RENOUNCED Editor

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Willard Swartley is professor of New Testament at the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana. He has served as seminary dean 1979-81, 1990, and 1995-2000. He has been a Bible teacher in congregational settings and churchwide conferences, in both North America and overseas. His special interests are in the Gospels, the peace teachings of the Bible, and biblical interpretation. He is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite College (B.A.), Goshen Biblical Seminary (B.D.), and Princeton Theological Seminary (1973 Ph.D.).

Swartley is the New Testament editor for the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series and New Testament editor for a book series on Studies in Peace and Scripture. Swartley earlier taught at Eastern Mennonite University and served as interim dean there also. He directed the AMBS Institute of Mennonite Studies from 1979-1988. He also taught at Goshen College, Eastern Mennonite College and Seminary, and at Conrad Grebel College.
Among Swartley’s publications are Mark: The Way for All Nations (Herald Press, 1979, rev. 1981); Slavery, Sabbath, War and Women: Case Issues in Biblical Interpretation (Herald Press, 1983); editor of Love of Enemy and Nonretaliation in the New Testament (Westminster/John Knox, 1992 [available at Sigler Press]); Israel’s Scripture Traditions and the Synoptic Gospels: Story Shaping Story (Hendrickson, 1994); “War and Peace in the New Testament,” in Auftstieg and Niedergang der römischen Welt (ed. W. Haase and H. Temporini, Part II, Vol.


Biblical Studies Scholarly Articles

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"Biblical Faith Confronting Opposing Spiritual Realities" By Willard M. Swartley, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary.

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