About the New International Commentary
The New International Commentary combines readability with expert scholarship, and is highly regarded by theologians, preachers, and Bible students. The volumes in this commentary bridge the gap between today’s world and that of Bible times.
Each commentary opens with an introduction to the biblical book and examines its background, authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. The authors, who are world-renowned biblical authorities, provide their own translation from the original language to form the basis of the commentary proper. Verse-by-verse comments nicely balance in-depth discussions of technical matters. What follows is a scholarly explanation of the text and its implications for today's application.
The original Hebrew and Greek texts are carefully studied, and critical comments are footnoted. Plus, all grammatical, textual, and historical details are appended. The commentary proper incorporates this information in a way that aids your understanding of the text.
The contributors to the New International Commentary aim to help you understand God’s word as clearly as possible.
In this detailed, elegantly written commentary J. Ramsey Michaels gives primary attention to the Gospel of John in its present form rather than to the sources or traditions behind it. Michaels examines both the Gospel's literary character and its theological significance for the Christian community in its own time and through the ages. This landmark commentary -- seventeen years in the making, reflecting fifty years of classroom teaching, and packed with fresh insights -- will prove highly useful to scholars, students, and, especially, pastors.
About the Author
J. Ramsey Michaels is professor emeritus of religious studies at Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, and adjunct professor of New Testament at Bangor Theological Seminary, Portland, Maine. He is the author of several commentaries and over two hundred articles on the New Testament.
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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's 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.