4 Stars Out Of 5
A Helpful and Readable Introductory Commentary
October 2, 2012
The Black's New Testament Commentary series has been fairly under the radar and hasn't gained a huge audience. This is a shame, as the volumes serve as a good intro/mid-level commentary series. It's possible that the dated covers have something to do with this, but this is just a guess.
The Gospel of John has been very popular in the scholarly world, there have been numerous new works and revisions of old work in recent history and there seems to be no end in sight. Lincoln does a fine job in his treatment of the text for the general audience. Two things that I especially like about this work - he provides his own translation of the Gospel and by and large he is working with the text and not commentaries on the text. Each pericope is handled at an appropriate length - I feel as though Lincoln discusses each passage in a thorough manner while not getting bogged down by idiosyncrasies related to grammar and syntax. Overall it is highly readable and flows quite nicely. For those without knowledge of Greek who want a clear commentary on the final version of the text, this would certainly suffice.