Critical and Exegetical Handbook to the Gospel of John, vol. 1
T&T Clark 1874
The Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, also known as “Meyer’s Commentary,” is considered one of the nineteenth century’s best English-language New Testament commentaries.
Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer, a German Protestant with a gift for languages, was known to have an encyclopedic memory and an appetite for buying books. It was not uncommon for Meyer to be reading his contemporaries in his native German and, at the same time, poring over their work in English, Dutch, and French. A natural linguist, he was also well read in Greek, Latin, and even Gothic.
He published the first commentary in this collection in 1832, at the age of 32. He worked on this series, a lifelong project, for more than 40 years, adding to and extensively updating and revising his work while simultaneously tending to a busy pastorate and raising his own family. He completed 16 volumes before passing the baton to a few of his trusted peers.
Volume one of the Critical and Exegetical Handbook to the Gospel of John covers chapters 1–7 and includes a detailed introduction to the Gospel and person of John.
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- Preface by the author
- Biographical notice of the person of John
Praise for the Print Edition
We have only to repeat that it remains, of its own kind, the very best Commentary of the New Testament which we possess.
Meyer’s work is a noble monument of theological learning and industry, inexpressibly superior to any similar work at present existing in the English language.
—The Theological Review
- Title: Critical and Exegetical Handbook to the Gospel of John, vol. 1
- Author: Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer
- Translators: Frederick Crombie, William P. Dickson, and William Urwick
- Publisher: T & T Clark
- Publication Date: 1874
- Pages: 347
About Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer
Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer was born in Gotha on January 10, 1800. He ministered at multiple churches throughout his life, and held pastorates in Othausen, Harste, Hoya, and Hannover. An avid early riser and walker, Meyer kept the same routine for more than 50 years: a 4 a.m. wake-up to study and write while smoking his pipe, followed by a three- to four-mile walk, then off to church to perform his duties as superintendant. After work Meyer was a dedicated family man, and his son, eventually a father too, described him not as a grandparent but as a “playmate” of his grandchildren.
Meyer finished 16 volumes of his New Testament commentary, although all 16 underwent numerous revisions and rewritings—he worked on them consistently from age 27 to 72. Battling illness the last year of his life, he still took his daily walks until the last bedridden month. He died on June 21, 1873. On the cross at his tomb are placed these words from Romans 14:8: “If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.”