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The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary


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In this commentary on John—originally published in Dutch in 1987 and translated into English a decade later—Herman Ridderbos engages the host of twentieth-century interpretations while also developing his own integral understanding of John in which the Gospel emerges as a profoundly theological work.

Beginning with a theological introduction on “the peculiar character of the Fourth Gospel,” Ridderbos uses verse-by-verse exposition to unpack John’s distinctive apostolic character, offering expert literary and homiletical exegesis of the Fourth Gospel “as the Christian church adopted it.”

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  • Presents John in its distinctively apostolic character
  • Provides important criteria for the literary and homiletical exegesis of the Fourth Gospel
  • Includes section-by-section commentary
Ridderbos manages to comment on virtually everything that affects our understanding of the evangelist’s message, and that means that the commentary is ideally suited for pastors, as well as for students whose primary interest is the theology of the Fourth Gospel.

Westminster Theological Journal

A rich resource for any preacher or student. . . Ridderbos effectively displays the historical and conceptual coherence of the Gospel of John.


Readers familiar with Herman Ridderbos have come to expect outstanding scholarship from the well-known Dutch scholar. The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary should not disappoint anyone. . . Ridderbos’s commentary reflects balanced scholarship that endeavors to come to grips with what John was trying to say in his portrayal of Jesus. . . The commentary is a splendid example of theological analysis without postulating redactional layers and is a significant addition to works on John.

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

  • Title: The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary
  • Author: Herman Nicolaas Ridderbos
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 1997
  • Logos Release Date: 2012
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. John › Commentaries
  • ISBNs: 9780802804532, 0802804535
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-12-16T15:35:09Z

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Herman Nicolaas Ridderbos

Herman N. Ridderbos (1909–2007) was an influential New Testament scholar and theologian. Ridderbos studied at the Theological School of the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands and Free University of Amsterdam. He was a pastor for eight years and a professor for over forty. Ridderbos is most widely known and respected for his work on the history of salvation (Heilsgeschichte) and biblical theology. Many of his books appear in the Herman Ridderbos Collection, including Paul and Jesus.


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    This commentary on John is a "theological" interpretation of John's Gospel that is heavily influenced by Calvin's commentary and by Calvinism. It is easy enough to follow and provocative. If you are a sacramentalist, Ridderbos will annoy you beyond imagination (he hardly EVER sees allusions to the sacraments) although he always does so intelligently. My impression is that Ridderbos is a better Pauline scholar than a Johannine one, although there can be no doubt this is an important work. If you want an unorthodox commentary that is not intimidated by any "modern" interpretation or ecclesiastical interpretation of John this is a good buy.


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