The Gospel According To John (PNTC) (Pillar commentaries) Hardcover – 15 Feb 1991
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From the Back Cover
"Anyone who dares to write yet another commentary on the Gospel
of John must give reasons for doing so," writes D A Carson in his preface
to this book. With this acclaimed volume in the Pillar New Testament
Commentary series, Carson seeks above all to explain the text of John's
Gospel to those who minister the Word of God to others, either by preaching
or by leading Bible studies. However, the commentary is also designed for
used by informed laypersons for purposes of personal edification.
Throughout his commentary Carson attempts the following: to make clear the
flow of the text, focusing on the movement of thought rather than on word
studies and Greek syntax; to engage a small but representative part of the
massive secondary literature on John, providing a kind of map of
contemporary studies on this Gospel; to draw a few lines toward
establishing how John's Gospel contributes to biblical and systematic
theology; and, finally, to offer a consistent exposition of John as an
Preceded by a comprehensive introduction treating such matters as the
authenticity, authorship, purpose and structure of the Gospel, this
commentary on John exhibits the solid evangelical Scripture exposition for
which Carson is well known and respected.
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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.
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