This commentary to present an exposition of the Fourth Gospel as the Christian Church adopted it. Among other things, this means that it proceeds from the canonical form in which the Gospel has come down to us from ancient times-taking into account the text-critical problems with which the multiplicity of manuscripts and textual witnesses confront us. The author is especially interested in presenting a theological exegesis of the Gospel and dealing with the significance of the gospel message that the Evangelist had in view as he wrote.
This excellent commentary by Herman Ridderbos engages seriously the host of twentieth-century interpretations of John while also developing its own integral understanding of John in which the Gospel emerges as a profoundly theological work. Ridderbos presents John in its distinctively apostolic character and includes important criteria for the literary and homiletical exegesis of the Fourth Gospel.
(19092007) Herman Ridderbos was professor of NewTestament at the Theological School of the ReformedChurches of the Netherlands in Kampen.
"Of considerable importance for all who try to engage with the Fourth Gospel. . . Ridderbos must be considered by all who approach John from a different starting point, for he raises legitimate questions."
"A rich resource for any preacher or student. . . Ridderbos effectively displays the historical and conceptual coherence of the Gospel of John."
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
"Readers familiar with Herman Ridderbos have come to expect outstanding scholarship from the well-known Dutch scholar. The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary should not disappoint anyone. . . Ridderbos's commentary reflects balanced scholarship that endeavors to come to grips with what John was trying to say in his portrayal of Jesus. . . The commentary is a splendid example of theological analysis without postulating redactional layers and is a significant addition to works on John."
Westminster Theological Journal
"Ridderbos manages to comment on virtually everything that affects our understanding of the evangelist's message, and that means that the commentary is ideally suited for pastors, as well as for students whose primary interest is the theology of the Fourth Gospel."