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In this addition to the acclaimed BECNT series, Andreas Köstenberger presents comprehensive and up-to-date analysis. His detailed study of one of the most important books in the New Testament is sure to become a standard resource for preachers, students, and scholars. A well-respected New Testament scholar, Köstenberger begins with a thorough introduction to John and the topics relevant to its interpretation. He discusses the book's authorship, date of writing, theological emphasis, and relation to other New Testament writings.
In the commentary proper, each exegetical unit is introduced and translated by the author. A full verse-by-verse exposition is followed by additional notes of a more technical nature. Throughout the commentary, Köstenberger interacts with the best recent scholarship and presents his conclusions in an accessible manner. When dealing with particularly problematic sections, he considers the full range of suggested interpretations drawn from a broad spectrum of commentators before offering his own understanding.
“Paradoxically, one who loves Jesus supremely will love those entrusted into his charge more, not less” (Page 596)
“The main point is that God now has chosen to be with his people in a more personal way than ever before (Carson 1991: 127).” (Page 40)
“This intimacy of a shepherd and his flock provides a beautiful illustration of the trust, familiarity, and bond existing between Jesus and his followers.” (Page 302)
“Rather, Jesus faulted the merchants for disrupting Gentile worship in the only place that was open to them—the so-called court of the Gentiles—which was insensitive at best and evidence of religious arrogance at worst.” (Page 106)
“In Jesus’ day, this apparently was a small opening in the north wall of the temple. The sheep were washed in the pool before being taken to the sanctuary. This was also the place where invalids lay in hopes of being healed. The upper class and those wishing to be ritually pure would have avoided this area, but not Jesus.” (Page 178)
Köstenberger has already distinguished himself as one of evangelicalism's premier Johannine scholars. Now he pulls all his research together in what will immediately establish itself as the best and most thorough commentary on the Greek text of John in recent years, from any theological perspective. Highly recommended!
—Craig L. Blomberg, Denver Seminary
Köstenberger has quickly established himself as a competent, conservative scholar and interpreter of John who now brings his formidable skills to the task of writing a commentary. His work is an important addition to our conversations, especially on Johannine theology, and merits careful attention.
—Robert Kysar, Bandy Professor of Preaching and New Testament Emeritus, Candler School of Theology, Emory University