The Gospel of John

The Gospel of John

The Gospel of John

The Gospel of John


This new commentary -- part of Eerdmans's acclaimed NICNT series -- gives primary attention to John's gospel in its present form rather than the sources or traditions behind it.

J. Ramsey Michaels assumes that the John who authored the book is someone very close to Jesus and, therefore, that the gospel is a testimony to events that actually happened in the life of Jesus. Yet Michaels does not ignore the literary character of the gospel of John or its theological contribution to the larger Christian community from its own time to the present day. Through a detailed verse-by-verse commentary, Michaels reveals how the gospel of "the disciple whom Jesus loved" is a unified composition, intertwined with the synoptics, yet drawing on material none of them cover.


I take great pleasure in introducing this commentary on John’s Gospel to the larger Christian community of scholars and students. in one of my earliest years in the role of editor of this series, I had opportunity to visit Professor Leon Morris at his home in Melbourne, New South Wales, who was at that time in his ninetieth year. He agreed to work on a revision of his commentary that had first appeared in 1971. the revised edition appeared in 1995. But for a number of reasons the “revision” turned out to be much more cosmetic than substantial. So after his passing, I approached my former colleague and longtime friend, J. Ramsey Michaels, as to whether, in keeping with what was happening elsewhere in the series, he would like to offer a replacement volume. the present superb exposition of the Gospel of John is the end product of his agreeing to do so.

It is a special personal pleasure to welcome Ramsey’s contribution to this series, since our own relationship dates to 1974 when Andrew Lincoln and I joined him and David Scholer on the New Testament faculty at GordonConwell Seminary in Massachusetts, where the four of us (and our spouses) spent five wonderful years together. I had taught the Gospel of John at Wheaton College before moving to Gordon-Conwell, and it was this move that also shifted my primary New Testament focus from John to Paul, since the Johannine material was in Ramsey’s very good hands. So I owe Ramsey a personal debt of gratitude for this move, which turned out to mark most of the rest of my New Testament career (apart from a commentary on the Revelation due out in 2010).

Whereas one might well question whether the scholarly/pastoral world needs yet another commentary on this Gospel, anyone who takes the time to read or use this work will easily recognize that the answer is “yes.” Here is a substantial, truly original, work of extraordinary insight and helpfulness to pastor and scholar alike, which should have a considerable life span well after both author and editor have gone to their eternal reward. What . . .

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