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The Gospel of John: New International Commentary on the New Testament [NICNT]
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2010 / Hardcover
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The Gospel of John [NICNT] is a detailed, elegantly written commentary (indicating an increased attention to the literary quality NICNT vols.) on the modern church's most revered gospel. J. Ramsey Michaels gives primary attention to the "Gospel of Belief" motif in its present form rather than to the sources or traditions that many believe lay behind it.
Michaels examines the Gospel's literary character and construction, as well as its theological significance and message for the Christian community in its own time, through the ages, and for today.
Michaels' The Gospel of John [NICNT] is unique in that it marks the culmination of 50 years of classroom teaching on the NT, and seventeen years of writing and research for this volume alone. It is excellence and commitment at a level rarely achieved in biblical exposition. Nevertheless it remains accessible, yet scholarly commentary, and is a "must" have for every pastor, scholar, and student.
Gordon D. Fee
-Editor, New International Commentary on the New Testament
Here is a substantial, truly original exposition of extraordinary insight and helpfulness to pastor and scholar alike, which should have a considerable life span after both the author and editor have gone to their eternal reward.
Andrew T. Lincoln
-University of Gloucestershire
This is a commentary for which it was well worth waiting. The fruit of a lifetime's engagement with John's Gospel, it manages to be both conservative and original. Above all, it does superbly what the best commentaries do--immerse readers in the text itself. Michaels takes us with him deep into this Gospel's story of Jesus, expertly probing the narrative, asking questions about it that we may not have thought of, and pointing out details, nuances, and connections we may have missed, all the while ensuring we do not avoid the text's larger, sometimes uncomfortable, truth claims. Readers will emerge invigorated, enlightened, and inspired...The excellence of Michaels' substantial and intriguing close reading makes his commentary one to which readers will return again and again for continuing stimulus in their own study of John.
-Palmer Theological Seminary
A senior Johannine scholar here weaves together fresh thinking on John's Gospel with his years of engagement with the Gospel and its earlier scholarly interpreters. This new commentary is attentive to the details of the text, to structural clues, and to the cohesiveness of John's narrative as a whole; while clearly sensitive to the Greek text, it is written to be intelligible for English readers.
Rodney A. Whitacre
-Trinity School for Ministry
J. Ramsey Michaels has produced a masterful commentary, the fruit of well over half a century of careful study of John's Gospel. He draws upon a wealth of resources, ancient and modern, as he engages both the larger historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the text, as well as fine details of grammar and textual variants. His analysis is marked by many original insights that are grounded in careful attention to the text itself, and his clear, engaging style makes this commentary a page-turner.
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