Beginning with an examination of John’s background, thought, and word use, William Hendriksen offers a new translation, understandable comments, and other helpful notes.
The Hendriksen & Kistemaker New Testament Commentary is composed for the benefit of serious Bible students and pastors who want the insight of quality evangelical scholarship communicated with clarity. Begun by William Hendriksen, the Hendriksen & Kistemaker New Testament Commentary has earned the acclaim and respect of Reformed and evangelical scholars and pastors. Each volume offers fresh translation, repetition of the text before each exegetical unit, verse-by-verse comments and applications, critical notes on the Greek text, and chapter summaries. Extensive bibliographies and indexes of authors, Scripture, and other ancient writings enhance the usefulness of each volume.
“Jesus himself furnishes a commentary on the meaning of freedom. One is free when sin no longer rules over him, and when the word of Christ dominates his heart and life (see verses 34, 35, 37). One is free, therefore, not when he can do what he wishes to do but when he wishes to do and can do what he should do.” (Volume 2, Page 52)
“The meaning is that the Word existed in the closest possible fellowship with the Father, and that he took supreme delight in this communion.” (Volume 1, Page 70)
“We conclude that the reference must be to Christ’s trinitarian sonship, i.e., to the fact that he is the Son of God from all eternity. This is favored by the context (1:1, 18) and by such passages as 3:16, 18, which prove that the Son was already the only begotten before his incarnation.” (Volume 1, Page 87)
“Peter must not be so deeply interested in God’s secret counsel (regarding John) that he fails to pay attention to God’s revealed will! It is a lesson which every believer in every age should take to heart.” (Volume 2, Page 491)
In the presentation Dr. Hendriksen has shown clearly his unwavering faith in the infallibility and inspiration of the Scripture and considered all recent discoveries and research. He has moreover combined his scholarship with a simplicity of expression, making it extremely valuable for the advanced student as well as the layman. This commentary is vivacious and challenging. We highly recommend it to all conservative teachers and students.
—Professor Bert B. Siegel, Dallas Theological Seminary
William Hendriksen (1900–1982) earned his ThD from Princeton Theological Seminary. He was professor of New Testament literature at Calvin Theological Seminary, coauthor of Baker’s New Testament Commentary, and author of several scholarly works.