19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2004
D.A. Carson is an excellent Bible scholar, and "The Gospel According to John" is an in-depth, thorough exposition of Scripture.
Designed for preachers or those leading Bible studies, the book is certainly not light reading. Frequently the text refers to the original Greek and uses highly technical terms with which the reader is assumed to have prior knowledge. If you have not read a commentary on John before this is certainly not a starting point. However, for those who have studied John to some extent before then the book will be invaluable in fully understanding the context and teaching of Jesus Christ as recorded in John.
I used this to lead a Bible study on John, and found the book a great resource. However, often I would need to refer to a simpler, shorter commentary before reading this. With perserverance though, this book was invaluable in increasing my understanding of John.
In conclusion, for an in-depth understanding of John this is a great book, but it requires a lot of work in order to fully appreciate.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2001
I am currently teaching through the Gospel of John. The commentaries I use I split into two main categories - scholarly and applicational. Of the former category, Carson's work has time and again proved far and away the most helpful, both in terms of information and accessibility. It is by no means perfect (his theory that this gospel was written primarily to the Jews is not convincing - cf. Wallace's Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics on Predicate Nominatives) but any gripe is minor. This work is a modern classic.If you were looking to purchase one more scholarly (as opposed to applicational/devotional) commentary this should be the one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2012
The bottom-line for any commentary has to be can the average Pastor who loves the Bible and wants to teach it well to his congregation get anything out of it and understand it when he has limited time among his many concerns and is probably tired as well. If that is the case then this commentary from Don Carson gets a big thumbs up from this Pastor! As I'm preaching through John's Gospel at the moment and having just had my birthday and a generous gift from my congregation I decided to purchase this as I'm coming up to some of the difficult narratives in the centre of the Gospel. Well I've use it twice now and each time I have to say, although this is not a lightweight commentary, it is written in a way that is easy to understand. Carson never avoids anything that is difficult in the text and always gets to the heart of what the narrative is about. He also never loses sight of the theological threads that are John's main concern in writing this Gospel, that is Jesus Christ, his humanity and his divinity!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2014
This commentary was recommended to me by the man who taught me New Testament Greek as the best commentary on John's Gospel he knew. Anything by Don Carson is worth reading. And I heartily recommend this commentary to anyone who values in depth, evangelical New Testament scholarship.
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2012
This commentary has some brilliant observations such as on p 92-93 D.A.Carson notes that John's gospel does not have a specific account of the Transfiguration. This is a bit puzzling as Matt 17, Mark 9, Luke 9 list John the son of Zebedee as being present at the Transfiguration and you would expect it would be an event in John's life that he would have wanted to retell. Carson speculates that John was writing thematically and did not see any need to add to or change the synoptic accounts he had infront of him. Still, I would have thought that if the author of John's gospel was the disciple John, then he would have written something like, " I have read the accounts of the Transfiguration that Mark, Matthew & Luke have written and they are broadly what I witnessed "