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Navigating John

navigating_john_01Phil Fogarty SJ’s second book in the  series Navigating the Gospels has just been published by Columba Press. The book  examines the Gospel of John and is a guide for the general reader based on contemporary scholarship. According to the author, John’s gospel, in all probability, reflects communal memories of what Jesus said and did, but not the same memories preserved in the other gospels. But he says, whilst it is important to understand what the evangelist means, the reader is also invited to let the gospel speak to the heart as well as the head. He recommends to readers the Ignatian tradition of contemplating the gospel, by undertaking an imaginative journey with the people in the stories told, identifying with them in the hope of better appreciating each gospel’s message.