The Gospel of John: A Commentary

The Gospel of John: A Commentary

The Gospel of John: A Commentary

The Gospel of John: A Commentary


The author of a much-loved two volume Matthew commentary (1990) that he greatly revised and expanded fourteen years later, 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, Bultmann, Barrett, and many more.

Alongside this "historical interpretation" is Bruner's own contemporary interpretation, which incorporates a lucid translation of the text, references to recent scholarship, and his pastoral application of the Gospel to present-day experience. Like Bruner's other work, this commentary is rich in biblical insights, broadly historical, and deeply theological.

Here is what Eugene Peterson said about Bruner's earlier work on Matthew: "This is the kind of commentary I most want -- a theological wrestling with Scripture. Frederick Dale Bruner grapples with the text not only as a technical exegete (although he does that very well) but as a church theologian, caring passionately about what these words tell us about God and ourselves. His Matthew commentary is in the grand traditions of Augustine, Calvin, and Luther -- expansive and leisurely, loving the text, the people in it, and the Christians who read it." The same could well be said about the present John commentary, which promises to be another invaluable resource for pastors, teachers, and laypeople alike.


The commentary is written for serious students of the Gospel according to John, particularly pastors, teachers, lay churchmen and churchwomen, but also for inquirers into the Christian faith, whom this Gospel has historically served so well. the Evangelist John, in a famous summary and purpose statement near the end of his Gospel, addresses his intended audience with a comparable goal in writing (his plural “you,” which I will emphasize, is striking):

What has been written down in this book has been written down to this end: that
you (hearers and readers) will be believers that Jesus (really) is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing you can have the Life that is as present as the
simple invocation of his Name
. (John 20:31)

Ii. the method of the commentary

Each large unit of the Gospel (e.g., the Prologue to the Gospel, John 1:1-18) is treated in four distinct parts:

A. the Translation

The translation, which is my own from the Greek text (and which I compare with the major English translations), seeks to be as clear and contemporary as possible in order to be already a commentary on the passage and its meaning.

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