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The Gospel of John: A Commentary

, 2012
ISBN: 9780802866356
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The author of a much-loved two-volume Matthew commentary that he revised and expanded in 2007, Frederick Dale Bruner now offers The Gospel of John: A Commentary—more rich fruit of his lifetime of study and teaching. Rather than relying primarily on recent scholarship, Bruner honors and draws from the church’s major John commentators throughout history, including Augustine, Chrysostom, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Henry, Bultmann, Barrett, and more.

This “historical interpretation” also sheds light on Bruner’s “contemporary interpretation,” which includes a clear translation of the text, references to major recent scholarship, and Bruner’s personal application of the Gospel to present-day experience. Rich in biblical insights, ecumenical in tone, broadly historical, deeply theological, and lovingly written, Bruner’s Gospel of John promises to be an invaluable reference for pastors and teachers.

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  • Provides extensive verse-by-verse commentary
  • Includes a full translation of John
  • Discusses the context and background of the book of John
  • Features insight drawn from historical commentators as well as “contemporary interpretation”
  • Part I: Jesus’ Public Ministry (Chaps. 1–12)
    • John 1: John the Evangelist’s and John the Baptist’s Jesus Sermons: How Jesus Came
    • John 2: Jesus’ Wine and Whip Sermons: How Jesus Comes with Grace and Truth
    • John 3: Jesus’ Nicodemus Sermon: How Jesus Evangelizes, I
    • John 4: Jesus’ Samaritan-Woman Sermon: How Jesus Evangelizes, II
    • John 5: Jesus’ Divinity or Father-Son Sermon: How the Son is Related to the Father and is Accredited by Him
    • John 6: Jesus’ Bread Sermon: How Jesus Comes to Us and Wants Us to Come to Him (Worship)
    • John 7: Jesus’ Confrontation Sermons, I: How Jesus Defends His Person Before a Misunderstanding World
    • John 8: Jesus’ Confrontation Sermons, II: How Jesus Defines His Person Before a Mistrusting World
    • John 9: Jesus’ and the Blind Man’s Sermons: How the Man Who Always Tells the Truth Honors Jesus
    • John 10: The Good Shepherd Sermons: How Jesus Seeks a Christocentric Church
    • John 11: Jesus’ Lazarus Sermon: How Jesus Conquers Death
    • John 12: Jesus’ Valedictory Sermons: How Jesus Epitomizes His Public Ministry
  • Part II: Jesus’ Discipleship Sermons and Prayer (Chaps. 13–17)
    • John 14: Jesus’ Father Sermon (The Comings): How Jesus Comes Bringing God for World Mission (RSVP)
    • John 15: Jesus’ Son Sermon (The Homemakings): How Disciples Learn Their Home for World Mission
    • John 16: Jesus’ Spirit Sermon (The Paraclete): How Disciples Learn Their Gifts for World Mission
    • John 17: Jesus’ Church Prayer (The Lord’s “Lord’s Prayer”): How Disciples Learn to Pray for World Mission
  • Part III: Jesus’ Passion and Resurrection (Chaps. 18–21)
    • John 18: Jesus’ Court Sermons: How Jesus Rules at His Trials
    • John 19: Jesus’ Cross Sermons: How Jesus Reigns from His Tree
    • John 20: Jesus’ Resurrection-Mission Sermons: How the Risen Lord Met His First Disciples and Sent Them into World Mission
    • John 21: Jesus’ Revelation Means-of-Grace Sermons: How the Risen Lord Will Continue to Reveal Himself to His Disciples for World Mission until the End (Epilogue)
  • Title: The Gospel of John: A Commentary
  • Author: Frederick Dale Bruner
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2012
  • Logos Release Date: 2012
  • Pages: 1311
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. John › Commentaries
  • ISBN: 9780802866356
  • Resource ID: LLS:EERDNT64JN
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T01:39:26Z

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Frederick Dale Bruner serves on the adjunct faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary, and is George and Lyda Wasson Professor of Religion Emeritus at Whitworth University, where he taught from 1975 to 1997. His other books include The Gospel of John: A Commentary and Matthew: A Commentary, Volume 1 and Volume 2.


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  1. Jordan Cavanaugh
  2. Glenn Crouch

    Glenn Crouch


    Having finished, and thoroughly enjoying Bruner’s 2 volume work on Matthew, I proceeded into his commentary on John - which I also really enjoyed. I would argue that his works on Matthew are better, but that is more in the way of I wish I could give them 6 out of 5 stars. The Author does a good thorough coverage of John, and I really benefited from the many references from throughout Church History - including such as Chrysostom, Cyril of Alexandria, Augustine, Calvin and Luther - as well as sharing insights of commentators from the past century or so. This approach gives the reader much to think about, and aids in the process of “mulling over” this Gospel. I would highly recommend this book to all who wish to learn more about the Gospel, but especially those who are Pastors and Preachers.

  3. Randall Foster

    Randall Foster


    None better for preaching




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  6. Suzanne Gorhau
    This is an excellent commentary. My go to source when I'm preaching on John. Mr. Bruner does an excellent job of gathering the opinions of historical and modern commentators, and providing key theological insights into the text. Very valuable for preaching.

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