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.
“By the kindest interpretation Nicodemus seems to be saying, ‘Jesus, you are pointing me in the wrong direction; I want to know how to go forward, not how to go backward and start all over again.’ Nicodemus is almost saying, ‘What’s wrong with the distance I’ve come? Why are you suggesting a whole new beginning? I don’t like your implication. Yes, candidates or beginners need a new start (if that’s what you mean by being ‘born’). But do the advanced? Give me a little credit.’” (Page 174)
“‘Be moved by the Spirit through the message of the gift of the Father in the Son to believe the sacrificial work of Jesus Christ for the world and for oneself and so be baptismally initiated into (or be grateful for our past baptismal initiation into) the Spirit and the believing Church.’” (Page 178)
“We should want Jesus and his cause to succeed, of course. But to succeed in God’s way, which is the way of lowliness, not in the world’s way, which is the way of show business.” (Page 464)
“At the end of the first story in our chapter, ‘Water into Wine,’ we read the words ‘and the disciples placed their trust in him’ (2:11). Now at the end of this second story in the chapter we read ‘and they trusted both the Scripture and the Word Jesus had spoken’ (2:22). The faith of the Church is going deeper and deeper. Jesus’ works move us especially to trust his person; Jesus’ words move us especially to trust messianic Scripture and his own Word. Both Scripture and Jesus’ Word are and point to, eventually, the same reality: Jesus is God with us.” (Page 148)
For those who have treasured Dale Bruner's two-volume commentary on Matthew, the arrival of his commentary on John is yet another cause for celebration. After sifting the best contributions of leading commentators, Bruner adds his own unique wisdom and pastoral insight that are unmatched by any of the many John commentaries on my shelf. This will immediately become one of the favorite commentaries pastors reach for to find the essential ideas that will bring John's Gospel to modern audiences.
–Gary M. Burge, Wheaton College and Graduate School
This extensive study on the gospel of John is certainly welcome. . . . A commentary with passion, verve, insight, humor and excitement. . . . Highly recommended for the preaching pastor.
–Ashland Theological Journal
In this masterful new commentary, Dale Bruner digs deep into the Gospel of John and the history of its interpretation, mining both ancient Greek words and the church's history of reading and studying them for their theological gold. Bruner's work is suffused with a love for the text, the passion of a theologian, the care of a scholar, and the mind and heart of a teacher. Marked by a strong commitment to the authority of the Word and a deep love for Christ and Christ's church, the commentary is a careful, creative, and compelling analysis of the Gospel of John that will both instruct and inspire.
–Marianne Meye Thompson, Fuller Theological Seminary
Pastors know there are certain 'must-have' commentaries that help to make preaching vibrant, practical, and above all deeply biblical. Dale Bruner's Matthew commentaries have long been at the top of that 'must-have' list, and now, by God's grace, the list expands to include his masterful work on the Gospel of John. Bruner's lifetime of prayer, teaching, meditation, and study, distilled in these pages, will feed many lifetimes' worth of preaching in the church. What a gift!
–Scott Hoezee, -- Director of the Center for Excellence in Preaching, Calvin Theological Seminary
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