HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: God So Loved: Studies in the Gospel of John, a Tribute to Ferrell Jenkins
Author: Daniel W. Petty, editor
Publisher: Florida College Press, 2002
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Petty, Daniel W., editor. God So Loved: Studies in the Gospel of John, a Tribute to Ferrell Jenkins (published in 2002 by Florida College Press, 119 N. Glen Arven Ave., Temple Terrace, FL 33617). Ferrell Jenkins, born at Huntsville, AL, in 1936, was a student at Florida Christian College, now Florida College, Temple Terrace, FL, in the early 1950s. Following the completion of his higher education, he returned to Florida College as a professor from 1969 to 1984, and then came back again to serve as Chairman of the Biblical Studies department from 1991, following the resignation of Melvin Curry from that position, until his own retirement in 2001. In addition to his academic career, Jenkins has labored as a gospel preacher, not only working with various congregations in the Tampa, FL, area and elsewhere, but also speaking in gospel meetings all over the nation.
In fact, although I was previously familiar with his name from various writings by him in church bulletins and religious magazines which we received, I first met and heard brother Jenkins when I was a teenager and he came to preach in a couple of gospel meetings with my home congregation in Hillsboro, OH. Then I was enrolled from 1972 to 1974 at Florida College, where I had him for two different classes, Scheme of Redemption and Evidences. I still cherish the wonderful information that I learned in those classes and have consistently used material from them in my preaching and teaching through the years.
This Festschrift, edited as a tribute to Ferrell Jenkins following his retirement by Daniel W. Petty, who was a fellow student with me at Florida College and later replaced Jenkins as chair of Biblical Studies at the college, contains 23 scholarly and practical essays written by colleagues and friends of Jenkins. Then President of the school, Colly Caldwell, suggested the theme of the Gospel of John. All of the writers are friends or at least acquaintances of mine with a couple of exceptions, although some of them are now deceased. The final “essay” is actually “A Select Bibliography of the Writings of Ferrell Jenkins” compiled by James A. Hodges, who was then serving as Library Director at Florida College.