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4.0 out of 5 stars Consise and thorough, 1 Jan 2009
M. Heath (south coast uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: John (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) (Hardcover)
Kostenberger has used this commentary to bring together the best insights from a wide range of classic commentaries on John, and added his own insights into the historical and scriptural backgrounds behind the various events and sayings in John.

Despite being a fairly large volume, the commentary itself is quite consise, with often a third of each page devoted to footnotes which go deeper if you wish. Greek words are transliterated in the text but not the footnotes. Verses are not commented on individually but in groups of two or three at a time.

I read this at the same time as reading Carson's Pillar Commentary on John. I think Carson is probably the better of the two, but is actually a much longer read due to not relegating much material to footnotes like Kostenberger does. In any case, Kostenberger is almost always in agreement with Carson, so either are great choices for a conservative evangelical commentary on John.

Kostenberger declines to comment on the woman caught in adultery, arguing in an excursus that it is not original to the text (which in itself is not controversial) but therefore deciding that it should not be treated as Scripture.
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John (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)
John (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Andreas J. Kostenberger (Hardcover - July 2004)
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