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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.”
— Andrew T. Lincoln
University of Gloucestershire

“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.”
— Craig Keener
Palmer Theological Seminary

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J. Ramsey Michaels is emeritus professor of religious studies at Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri and adjunct professor of new Testament at Bangor Theological Seminary, Portland, Maine.

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  • Series: The New International Commentary on the New Testament
  • Hardcover: 1132 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (September 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802823025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802823021
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 2.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Steven Cowden on August 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have over 100 commentaries on the Gospel of John and none of them even comes close to this volume. Critical and exegetical issues are treated fully and fairly. Footnotes are jam-packed with excerpts from numerous authors holding differing viewpoints. Evaluations of other positions are peacable yet thorough. Morris brings out the richness of John's message on every page. I recently preached on John 1:1 and this commentary was eminently useful for understanding the background and meaning of the text. Massive conservative scholarship, a lucid and penetrating style, profound insight and, above all, spirtual depth make this volume a masterpiece! Morris is not the only commentator on I consult, but he is always the first and usually the most rewarding.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gunia VINE VOICE on February 17, 2005
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Leon Morris, principal emeritus of Ridley College (Melbourne, Australia) and author of over forty books, masterfully comments on St. John's Gospel.

The two aspects of this commentary I most appreciate are the conservative nature of the commentary and its high readability. In this commentary, the reader will find no historical-criticism. Rather, the author has faith in the inerrancy of Scripture and treats this portion of Scripture accordingly. Happily, when difficulties arise between the Synoptic Gospels and the Gospel according to John, he acknowledges these difficulties, lists several possible ways in which they can be reconciled, then ends with a statement reminding the reading not to be unreasonably dogmatic about such a difficult thing. Morris' conservatism and respect for the text is refreshing. Morris also writes in a very readable, fluid style. I found myself reading the nearly 800 pages of text much quicker than I expected to, mainly because the narrative structure was captivating and a joy to read. Morris frequently ties John's writings to the other Gospels, the Old Testament, Jewish/Roman history, and the post-Ascension church. He also has helped my understanding of John by pointing out his unique writing style (double meanings, playing loose with quotes, fondness for numbers, time, and geography, etc.)

There were aspects of this book that I did find frustrating. The most frustrating for me was Morris' anti-sacramentarian treatment of John 6 and the account of blood and water flowing from Jesus wound. Morris argues that John 6 should be read primarily as Jesus "teaching about spiritual realities...but...there may be a secondary reference to the sacrament(313).
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Douglas VanderMeulen on September 22, 2004
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Leon Morris commentary on the Gospel of John is a must have for anyone building a library of Biblical commentaries. I have taught through this gospel on several occasions and have collected many great works on John. However, I always find myself comming back to this commentary by Leon Morris. It is not the only commentary to have of this great book but it is one that will contribute to your insight and understanding of John's message and meaning. Other key Bible commentaires on John are the classic by Godet, Beasley-Murray in the Word Bible Commentary and Ridderbos' theological commentary on the gospel of John. If you are just beginning to build your library, start with Morris. He covers all the major issues, doesn't hide from difficult questions and fairly present alternative positions. As a supplement to this work pick up Leon Morris' "Reflictions on the Gospel of John". More devotional in nature, it was originally written to compliment his NIC commenatry on John. However, last I checked this work is out of print but it can still be found via Amazon's out of print service. Morris' commentary on John and the Reflections offer the reader a great one-two punch. Either work can stand alone. These works make great gifts for the Bible student or your pastor if he doesn't already have them. You won't be disappointed!! Enjoy!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on February 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
After a lengthy career of teaching and writing, J. Ramsey Michaels delivers a detailed 1,000+ page slab of commentary on the "maverick gospel" (thanks Robert Kysar). For those interested in commentary history, this replaces Leon Morris' 800+ volume in the same series.

I struggled to appropriately title this review because I needed to use the proper words to convey the value of this commentary. It is lengthy--not only in pages, but in the issues Michaels chooses to cover. Often the main body and footnotes will carry on discussions about what certain Greek articles and pronouns refer to, but then Michaels will skimp over issues like John's use of the Old Testament or the Johannine communty debate (which is my own pet interest). That also explains why I called this commentary idiosyncratic--Michaels' use of secondary sources (very limited) and positions that he takes on certain issues (often unique) make this commentary distinctive. He blazes his own trail through John, often where few have gone before him.

Let me give one example of a colorful interpretation from Michaels. In John 19:30, when Jesus "lays" his head and gives up his spirit, Michaels connects this with Jesus' words in Matthew 8:20 that the Son of Man has no place to "lay" his head. This surely is an intriguing connection, but is he right? Another way he bucks scholarly convention is he gives more attention to the woman caught in adultery passage (John 7:53-8:11; the "pericope adulterae") and sees it as an important set-up for Jesus' teaching in the temple. So again, one is hard-pressed to find a current commentary that reads John the way Michaels does.
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