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The Gospel According to St. John: An Introduction with Commentary and Notes on the Greek Text [Paperback]

C. K. Barrett


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1 Dec 1978
In this useful work, C. Kingsley Barrett offers an insightful commentary on the book of John. Barrett seeks to view John in light of a variety of contexts, including that in which it was written, and its implications for modern-day readers. The book includes detailed notes and commentary on each chapter of John's Gospel.

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  • Paperback: 660 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 2 edition (1 Dec 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664221807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664221805
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 16.1 x 22.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,225,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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C. Kingsley Barrett is Professor Emeritus of Divinity at the University of Durham in England. He has established himself in the front rank of contemporary New Testament scholars by such works as The Holy Spirit in the Gospel Tradition, Commentary on St. John, and The New Testament Background.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Exegetical Work 9 Nov 2011
By Daniel J. Doleys - Published on Amazon.com
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C. K. Barrett was the Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham.

The amount of literature produced on the Gospel of John in the past four decades is enormous. It would be a task in itself to collect a bibliography of all the works on theology, history and exegesis of the fourth Gospel since the seventies, let alone set oneself to reading them. Why then should we turn our gaze to a commentary published in 1978? There are two answers to this question. First the author is C. K. Barrett, that and that alone would mean that this commentary is worth checking into. Second, is the approach of this commentary. It is concentrated, in the commentary section, almost solely on notes on the Greek. There is extensive interaction throughout the commentary section with lexical, syntactical and grammatical aspects of the Greek language in John from a master of Koine. In addition to the grammatical notes, Barrett's handling of the textual critical issues is second to none. Each section in the commentary, usually broken up by pericope, does include a good length introduction to the narrative purpose and literary context of the passage before the notes on the Greek text.

In addition to the Greek notes there is an extensive introduction, taking up 146 pages and six chapters dealing with the themes and purpose of the Gospel, the historical background of the book, the theology of John, the authorship and authenticity of the book and the sources of the text in the papyri and other ancient texts. In this introduction Barrett shows himself, as throughout his other writings, to be a masterful scholar who is neither conservative or liberal. I would disagree with him on authorship, date and origin, but other liberals would probably disagree more on Christology and atonement. In addition to these disagreements, I would have to level two other criticisms of this volume. First, any additional printings of the commentary would benefit from a new printing run with a new modern font and setting. Second, this volume is thirty-three years old so it will not interact with the advancements in Greek lexicography, linguistics and grammar made during those years. Though this does hamper the greatest benefit of this volume it cannot be blamed for its time and is still immensely valuable for understanding the Greek text of the Gospel of John.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barrett's the Bomb 4 April 2007
By John D. White - Published on Amazon.com
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There is no better solid, well rounded, sensitively interpreted commentary on John. Barrett is the master of British Johannine readers of the gospel of John, and his remarks on the Greek text quite helpful. Barrett literally takes apart the gospel of John in the Greek text letter by letter and arrives at an outstanding reading of the evangelist. Though there are many fine works on John's gospel, this is the baseline by which all others should be judged. Granted, this is not a pretty commentary, one will have to roll up one's sleeves and do some work to understand what Barrett is driving at in his writing--but for the interested student who is willing to spend the time at Barrett's feet, their work will pay off huge dividends.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent exegesis resource! 8 Sep 2007
By S. Malloy - Published on Amazon.com
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The 145-page introduction is concise and clear, and provides a brief, but comprehensive analysis of the theology of the gospel. I was especially drawn by Barrett's eschatological discussion. The commentary and notes on the Greek text are particularly useful in exegeting the material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel According to St John 21 Nov 2007
By Michael Ensley - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is an essential reference for the Gospel of John...the book requires careful attention to detail..but the reward is great for those who stick with it. Highly recommended for the serious student.
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1.0 out of 5 stars too difficult to understand 23 Dec 2013
By Em - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a hard read! The gospel of John is my favorite Gospel and I was hoping to learn more about it.
But this book confused me and I have to give up.
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