I purchased this commentary after being very pleased with Burge's commentary on the Letter of John from the same commentary series. I was looking for a commentary that laid out the issues and ideas of mainstream theological thought about John's Gospel without getting bogged down in either the details of the Greek or the complexity of academic discourse. In short, I was looking for a commentary I could use to get a "lay of the land" in terms of modern scholarly interpretation before plunging into the more detail oriented commentaries found in the Word and NICGT series. Additionally, in Burge's other commentary I found a willingness to consider some of the issues and currents coming from the emerging movement and how they might be addressed Scripturally.
I found that this commentary not only met my needs but exceeded my expectations. While I have a great fondness in my heart for Bruce's commentary on John, I have found myself reaching first for Burge's work when preparing to lead a group of college students in a study centered around examining answers to Jesus' question, "Who do you say I am?" I have found that Burge fairly and insightfully includes the work of others (Bruce, Morris, Beasley-Murray, etc.) in his comments, notes and bibliography even when it is clear that he doesn't agree with their conclusions. Unlike other reviewers, I have found Burge's comments on the contemporary significance of the Gospel insightful and relevant for the types of conversations our group seems to have. Finally, I have really appreciated Burge's willingness to allow both the mystery and sacramental perspectives of traditions within Christianity to be considered even if his own faith tradition may not accept these from a theological perspective. This is rare for a commentary written from an evangelical perspective.
A note or two of caution. First, this is not intended to be a scholarly commentary. While there is certainly enough here to keep most students of the Gospel intellectually engaged, those who are looking for something weightier and meatier in academic discourse would be better served by Beasley-Murray's or Morris' commentaries. Secondly, Burge isn't afraid to express his opinion and challenge the thinking of those he doesn't agree with. I found that in those places where he does have an opinion he is careful to express it as such and is respectful towards those who do not hold it. Those looking for a commentary to boost up or support their own agendas will find themselves challenged here. In terms of speaking to issues and perspectives of interest to the emerging movement, Burge offers valuable insights while not being afraid to expose some of the shoddy thinking that can creep into the emergent conversation.
In closing, I would strongly recommend this commentary to any student of the Gospel who is looking to move past the number of devotional style commentaries one finds and into something with a substantial amount of meat. This commentary is perfect for Bible study leaders with a beginning to moderate background on the Gospel of John and for seekers looking to add to their understanding of Christ without having to commit to the massive time commitments some of the more "learned" commentaries require.