John

Headline for Best Bible Commentaries on John

John is the fourth book of the New Testament and one of the four gospels. Authorship is traditionally attributed to John the Apostle, son of Zebedee. John focuses his writing on Jesus’ ministry in Judea while Matthew, Mark, and Luke focus on his Galilean ministry. John records the signs Jesus performed to encourage people to believe in him. Commentaries on John often address the theme of belief in the gospel, examples of belief and unbelief in Jesus’ ministry, as well as his death and resurrection.

John (BECNT) by Andreas J. Kostenberger

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended, "an excellent work on the Greek text"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on John
  • Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on John, "a solid, thorough, and practical work that will be of benefit to students and pastors"

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John (PNTC) by D. A. Carson

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  • Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on John
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended, "the first choice for pastors"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on John
  • Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on John; "conservative evangelical scholarship at its best"

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The Gospel of John by Craig S. Keneer

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on John; "despite the sheer quantity of material, the writing is accessible...indispensable for the serious student"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on John
  • Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on John, "those who are doing in-depth study of John cannot afford to be without this outstanding work"

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The Gospel of John (NICNT) by J. Ramsey Michaels

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on John; "the writing style is superb, and insights abound on just about every page"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on John

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The Gospel According to John (NICNT) by Leon Morris

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  • Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on John; " a standard of conservative evangelical scholarship on [John]"
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "thorough and reverent exposition"

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John (NIVAC) by Gary M. Burge

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on John

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John (ZECNT) by Edward W. Klink

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The Gospel of John by Herman Ridderbos

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on John; "theologically richer than most commentaries"
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "theological insightful"
  • Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Luke; "a valuable and insightful commentary"

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John (TNTC) by Colin G. Kruse

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended, "a solid exposition for pastors"

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John (Preaching the Word) by R. Kent Hughes

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John (WBC) by George R. Beasley-Murray

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended, "fine treatment of the Greek text"

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John (two volumes; NAC) by Gerald L. Borchert

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John (St. Andrews) by R. C. Sproul

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John (NTL) by Marianne Meye Thompson

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The Gospel of John by Frederick Dale Bruner

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John (two volumes; MNTC) by John MacArthur

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The Message of John (BST) by Bruce Milne

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The Gospel According to St. John by C. K. Barrett

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended, "excellent exposition"

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John (two volumes; AB) by Raymond E. Brown

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended, "careful exposition by the renowned Roman Catholic scholar"

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John (Interpretation) by Gerald Sloyan

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