This is a commentary for which it was well worth waiting. The fruit of a lifetimes engagement with Johns 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 Gospels 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 texts larger, sometimes uncomfortable, truth claims. Readers will emerge invigorated, enlightened, and inspired. . . . The excellence of Michaelss 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 Johns 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 Johns narrative as a whole; while clearly sensitive to the Greek text, it is written to be intelligible for English readers.
Palmer Theological Seminary
About the Author
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.