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Classic Commentaries and Studies on Johannine Literature (18 vols.)


Johannine literature is some of the most beloved, yet controversial text in the Bible. This collection gathers resources covering issues from authorship, interpretation, criticism, and application in the Gospel of John, the epistles of John, and Revelation. Survey the history of the the authorship problem, with tools ranging from in-depth textual analysis to overviews for those without knowledge of Greek. Examine the theological themes that undergird John’s writings, from the use of the lamb to his intimate spiritual perspective. And access thousands of pages of diverse commentary, offering insights for both the scholar and the layman.

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  • Surveys the history of the Johannine authorship problem
  • Examines the theological themes undergirding Johannine literature
  • Provides thousands of pages of diverse commentaries

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Introduction to the Johannine Writings

  • Author: Paton J. Gloag
  • Publisher: J. Nisbet & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1891
  • Pages: 445

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Following in the footsteps of Paton J. Gloag’s introductions to Pauline literature and the catholic epistles, this volume addresses issues of authorship, date, structure, and the unique character of the Gospel of John, John’s epistles, and Revelation. Gloag keeps a primarily historical perspective throughout, with minimal commentary or interpretation. His introduction to Johannine literature presents a neutral view of the historical controversies surrounding these biblical books.

Paton J. Gloag was Minister of Blantyre. He is also the author of An Introduction to the Pauline Epistles, An Introduction to the Catholic Epistles, and A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles.

The Lamb of God: Expositions in the Writings of St. John

  • Author: W. Robertson Nicoll
  • Publisher: MacNiven and Wallace
  • Publication Date: 1883
  • Pages: 139

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Examine John’s distinct use of the image of a lamb across his gospel and in Revelation. W. Robertson Nicoll’s text is full of warm pastoral insight into the significance of the sacrifice of a spotless savior.

These studies cover the nature of Jesus’ sinlessness, his bearing of sin, and his reign, as well as Jesus as a warrior, a bridegroom, and judge.

W. Robertson Nicoll (1851–1923) was a pastor, journalist, and editor. He studied at the University of Aberdeen until 1874, when he was ordained as a minister. He served as the editor of the Expositor and the British Weekly.

John, the Interpreter of Christ: St. John and His Writings

  • Author: Charles Herbert Morgan
  • Publisher: Methodist Book Concern
  • Publication Date: 1921
  • Pages: 179

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Seeing John as the Bible’s “interpreter of the inmost life and thought of Jesus Christ,” Charles Herbert Morgan examines John’s personal insight into Jesus’ life as the key to all his writing. Morgan “invites you into a realm wherein is presented a unique Christian nature, mystic, deep, divinely attuned, yet ever desiring that all may know . . . the immeasurable riches of life manifested in Christ.”

Charles Herbert Morgan (1852–1937) was the author of Studies in the Early Church and The Psalms as Daily Companions.

The Life and Writings of St. John, 2nd ed.

  • Author: James M. Macdonald
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1877
  • Pages: 439

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James Macdonald sees the primary labor of Christ’s ministry on earth to train his disciples, so that they might train more after him. Accordingly, Macdonald’s biography of the Apostle John focuses on the portion of the John’s life spent learning directly from Jesus on earth. Surveying historical sources, the writings of John, as well as other biblical sources, he presents the apostle’s context, early life, time with Jesus, work as an apostle, and composition of the fourth Gospel and Revelation. Macdonald’s work gives valuable insight into Johannine literature and the plans and purpose of the early church.

James M. Macdonald (1812–1876) was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey.

St. John: The Author of the Fourth Gospel

  • Author: Howard Heber Evans
  • Publisher: J. Nisbet & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1888
  • Pages: 151

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In this text, Howard Heber Evans examines the internal textual evidence and external historical evidence in the authorship issues of the fourth Gospel and Revelation. Evans argues the evidence supports the traditional understanding of the author of both as the Apostle John. Surveying the Johannine texts, Jewish culture, and the various arguments in the authorship debate, this is a valuable resource for any New Testament scholar or expository preacher.

Howard Heber Evans was vicar of Mapperley and a scholar of Lincoln College, Oxford. He is also the author of St. Paul the Author of the Acts of the Apostles and of the Third Gospel and St. Paul the Author of the Last Twelve Verses of the Second Gospel.

The Gospel of John: Its Authorship and Authenticity

  • Author: William Caesar
  • Publisher: William Caesar
  • Publication Date: 1877
  • Pages: 267

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Explore the history of the Johannine authorship controversy as William Caesar examines the text and how it has been regarded from the first century to the nineteenth. Holding a traditional stance on authorship, Caesar surveys the objections of his contemporaries, and also presents his own examination of the composition and structure of the Johannine texts.

William Caesar (1824–1912) was a Scottish minister and author. Caesar earned his DD from St. Andrews University and was minister of Tranent and Seton.

The Revelation and the Johannine Epistles

  • Author: Alexander Ramsay
  • Publisher: Fleming H. Revell
  • Publication Date: 1910

Part of the Westminster New Testament series, Alexander Ramsay’s The Revelation and the Johannine Epistles examines the fourth Gospel and John’s apocalypse. Ramsay examines how the two works connect and their common structure and style.

People's Commentary on the Gospel according to John, 2nd ed.

  • Author: Edwin W. Rice
  • Publisher: American Sunday-School Union
  • Publication Date: 1893
  • Pages: 339

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In this accessible commentary on the Gospel of John, Edwin W. Rice provides critical and explanatory notes, application, and practical illustrations. Rice also infuses elements of Eastern Christian thought and living. He draws from the best nineteenth-century critical scholarship, and his warm pastoral voice aids in understanding how John’s intimate portrait of Jesus applies to Christian living.

Edwin W. Rice was educated in theology and law at Union College before becoming a Congregationalist minister. He is also the author of commentaries on Acts, Mark, and Luke.

Notes on the Gospel and Revelation of St. John

  • Author: Hilda Elizabeth Grefrau von Deichmann
  • Publisher: Theosophical Publishing Society
  • Publication Date: 1910
  • Pages: 259

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Coming from a diverse family background that included Quakers, natural scientists, and historical critics, Baroness Deichmann’s verse-by-verse commentary on the the Gospel of John and Revelation is a direct and applicable commentary. Deichmann’s voice is simple without adornment, while reflecting an extensive knowledge of Scripture.

The Vision We Forget: A Layman's Reading of the Book of the Revelation of St. John the Divine

  • Author: Philip Whitwell Wilson
  • Publisher: Fleming H. Revell
  • Publication Date: 1921
  • Pages: 293

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A common-sense view of Revelation, Philip Whitwell Wilson’s book is engaging and clear. Wilson minimizes any allusion to the complex construction of the apocalypse, and instead focuses on the fascinating raw content of Revelation. The work reads like a narrative and builds and opens up the mystery of what the Bible’s last chapters really mean for every Christian.

Philip Whitwell Wilson was also the author of The Christ We Forget and The Church We Forget.

The Revelation viewed by the Light of Old Testament Scriptures

  • Author: Frederick Brodie
  • Publisher: Partridge and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1880
  • Pages: 227

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In this title, Frederick Brodie examines how an understanding of the Old Testament tradition illuminates the prophecies of Revelation. Brodie calls on the reader to adopt “a more scriptural method of interpreting [Revelation],” and to abandon the “numberless works on this mystical book of prophecy by as many writers.” Brodie’s work clearly explains and critiques the various theories of the meaning of Revelation.

The Visions of John in Patmos: Being Notes on the Apocalypse

  • Author: Edward Dennett
  • Publisher: A.S. Rouse
  • Publication Date: 1892
  • Pages: 325

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Edward Dennett presents a chapter-by-chapter study of Revelation. Dennett emphasizes John and his writings’ unique role in the early church and the biblical canon. This revised edition of Dennett’s work first appeared in the Christian Friend and Instructor, and is a valuable exposition of the narratives in Revelation.

Edward Dennett (1841–1914) was born in Bembridge, in the Isle of Wright. He is the author of numerous works, including Unsearchable Riches, Pilgrim Songs, Fundamental Truths of Salvation, and The Glories of Christ as the Son of Man.

The Fourth Gospel and the Synoptists: Being a Contribution to the Study of the Johannine Problem

  • Author: F.W. Worsley
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 1909
  • Pages: 207

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In this study, English scholar F.W. Worsley intelligently examines the modern critical attacks of the authenticity and authorship of Johannine literature. With a vibrant wit, Worsley defends the traditional view against its eager critics. Worsley’s meticulous textual analysis focuses on comparing the fourth Gospel with the synoptic gospels. His work is a remarkably readable and substantive resource for studying the Johannine problem.

F.W. Worsley was an English clergyman and dean of Llandaff Cathedral. He earned his Doctor of Divinity and was a holder of the Military cross.

The Johannine Writings

  • Author: Paul W. Schmiedel
  • Translator: Maurice A. Canney
  • Publisher: Adam and Charles Black
  • Publication Date: 1908
  • Pages: 305

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In this theological study of the Johannine literature, German scholar Paul W. Schmiedel compares the fourth Gospel with the synoptics and examines the origin of the Gospel of John, Revelation, and the three epistles and their significance to Christian theology. Schmiedel’s work is a valuable resource for studying the theological and practical significance of the distinct themes of the apostle John.

Paul W. Schmiedel (1851–1935) was professor of theology at the University of Zürich.

The Johannine Writings and the Johannine Problem: An Aid to the Critical Study of the Bible as Literature

  • Author: Henry C. Vedder
  • Publisher: Griffith and Rowland
  • Publication Date: 1917
  • Pages: 376

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Whether there are two authors to the traditional Johannine literature is one of the most enduring and controversial questions in New Testament study. This accessible text from literary critic Henry Vedder seeks the answer by focusing on the style, structure, themes, vocabulary, and contextual clues within the biblical canon. Vedder also includes his own translation of the Johannine literature and briefly summarizes the external evidence, examining all of the Gospel of John, Revelation, and the epistles of John.

Henry C. Vedder (1853–1935) was educated at the University of Rochester and Rochester Theological Seminary and was a professor of church history at Crozer Theological Seminary. Vedder also served as an editor for the Examiner, Baptist Quarterly Review, and the Chester Times. His numerous works include A Short History of the Baptists, Christian Epoch Makers, Socialism and the Ethics of Jesus, and The Gospel of Jesus and the Problems of Democracy.

The Johannean Problem: A Resumé for English Readers

  • Author: George W. Gilmore
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Board of Publication
  • Publication Date: 1895
  • Pages: 129

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Authorship of the Johannine texts is an important issue for all students of the New Testament—including those not fluent in Greek. George W. Gilmore provides an accessible introduction to the biggest issues in the debate, designed for those with limited knowledge of ancient Greek. Gilmore summarizes the history of the issue—from antiquity to the nineteenth century—and answers objections to the traditional understanding of a singular author, John the apostle.

George W. Gilmore was professor of English biblical exegesis and criticism at Bangor Theological Seminary.

Johannine Thoughts: Meditations in Prose and Verse Suggested by Passages in the Fourth Gospel

  • Author: James Drummond
  • Publisher: Lindsey Press
  • Publication Date: 1909
  • Pages: 213

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The character of the Gospel of John, according to James Drummond, is that of “an interpretation of a great life rather than a record of its historical details.” In this reflective work, Drummond comments on what this means to the way we interpret and apply the text. Drummond mixes prose and poetry, providing a stirring work that reveals the “quality of the soul” John captures in his biography of Jesus.

James Drummond was principal of Manchester College, Oxford.

Lectures Upon the Principal Prophecies of the Revelation

  • Author: Alexander McLeod
  • Publisher: Whiting and Watson
  • Publication Date: 1814
  • Pages: 506

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In this volume, Reformed minister Alexander McLeod collects several of his lectures on Revelation, focusing on how they are intended for less for personal, and more for societal development. These scholarly lectures draw on the best early nineteenth-century scholarship and are an excellent resource for understanding the historical understanding of Revelation and how the text applies to the way we view the future and the largest human institutions.

Alexander McLeod was pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in New York.


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