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  • Series: The New Daily Study Bible (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; Rev Upd edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 066422489X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664224899
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William Barclay (1907-1978) is known and loved by millions worldwide as one of the greatest Christian teachers of modern times. His insights into the New Testament, combined with his vibrant writing style, have delighted and enlightened readers of all ages for over half a century. He served for most of his life as Professor of Divinity at the University of Glasgow, and wrote more than fifty books--most of which are still in print today. His most popular work, the Daily Study Bible, has been translated into over a dozen languages and has sold more than ten million copies around the world.

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This whole series of The Daily Study Bible by Willaim Barclay is amazing!!!!
Linda Ruding
Highly recommended for anyone wanting a better understanding of the message and meaning of Jesus.
His insight as to what John is telling us is done with such spirituality and clarity.

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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael C. Morrow on August 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
This edition, with minor changes and corrections, is essentially the same as the revised edition issued in 1975. What this and the previous revised edition fail to inform the reader of is that it does not contain all of the commentary text written by William Barclay. The two volumes of the revised edition of the Gospel of John contain 547 pages. However, the 2nd edition of the two volumes of the Gospel of John (published in 1956) contains 634 pages. Thus, the revised edition has 13.7% fewer pages than the 2nd edition.
This reduction in pages is not solely due to differences in formatting. It is largely due to the deletion of many portions of Barclay's commentary contained in the 2nd edition. I first noticed the selective deletion of portions of Barclay's original commentary in the commentary for John 13:33-35, in which Jesus speaks of loving one another as he loved us. In the 2nd edition, Barclay so beautifully states the following: "He [Jesus] knew all their [his disciples] weaknesses and yet He still loved them. Those who really love us are the people who know us at our worst and who still love us." However, these two sentences, along with four other sentences, do not appear in the revised edition, and they do not appear in this edition. Repeatedly, key sentences and phrases are deleted from this edition. At another point in this commentary, Barclay states that: "It is when we live with people that we find out their moods and their irritabilities and their weaknesses." Although this sentence is contained in this edition, the sentence that immediately follows it in the 2nd edition will not be found in this edition. That sentence is: "And others have the same experience with us.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Richard N. Pedersen on February 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have "seen" the Gospel of John over a dozen of times, but never really read it, in terms of deep understanding, until Barclay helped to reveal it to me in his commentary. Barclay's explanation of the Greek in the original text, and the historical background he provides, has been very significant to my study of Jesus Christ. An example is Barclay's extensive analysis of Jesus as the "logos" that commences his commentary on the Gospel of John. Barclay's discussion of the story of the woman caught in adultery is one of the most beautiful interpretations of an aspect of Jesus's ministry I have ever heard or read. I strongly recommend the Revised Edition to anyone in search of greater understanding of Jesus Christ.
One unfortunate criticism of the Revised Edition of Barclay's Commentaries on the New Testament is that it is somewhat inferior to the 2nd Edition. It is true that the Revised Edition has fewer pages, but this criticism does not take into account the fact that the size of the pages in the Revised Edition is larger than that of the 2nd Edition. Also, Barclay removed a number of redundancies of writing in preparing the Revised Edition. Barclay was a prolific writer, and I suspect that he improved his writing talent considerably in the 19 years between when the two editions were published. I am also hard-pressed to believe that Barclay would have compromised the message of these commentaries in any way in later editions. Further, printing technology improved considerably in that period, such that the Revised Edition is much easier on the eyes. And I would note that it is quite difficult to locate the 2nd Edition of these commentaries. I believe that the Revised Edition is a perfectly viable if not preferable substitute for the 2nd Edition.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wesley J. Hunt on March 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I first studied the Book of John by Barclay in the 80's and thought it was outstanding. Coming back to his new volumes, I am even more impressed with the depth and genuine grace-filled commentary he delivers. If you have a Bible Study or Sunday School class that is hungry to understand what John was trying to convey about Jesus, this is the best book you could find.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ReformedGirls on April 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Readers should know the dangerous theology of the man before they buy his book.

William Barclay is a self-declared Universalist, writing an article "I AM A CONVINCED UNIVERSALIST" available via Google search.

William Barclay is also a self-described "liberal evangelical", neo-orthodox and attempts to deny Christ's miracles. Barclay looked at the healing miracles as normal practices and not supernatural in any sense. See Pg 41-42 where he comments on John 9:6-12 where Jesus healed a beggar, Barclay says this was a common healing practice of the day and that Jesus did nothing special. On Pg 42, paragraph 3, he even calls Jesus a "physician". Barclay writes "The fact is that Jesus took the methods and customs of his time and used them. He was a wise physician."

William Barclay also denies the trinity "Nowhere does the New Testament identify Jesus with God" according to William Barclay: A Spiritual Autobiography. When you read Barclay's books, look at such topics in the index as "The Virgin Birth," "Miracles" and "The Person of Christ." As Barclay dealt with these and other matters related to them, he would often just cast a little aspersion on the belief in super natural matters. He did not directly but essentially denied the virgin birth of Jesus Christ in his commentary on Matthew but called it a "crude fact" and emphasized that it is not important to literally believe that Jesus was born only of a woman. He argued that the virgin birth story could not be taken literally.

Some may also find it objectionable that Barclay uses the books of the Jewish Apocrypha as support and treats it on the same level as God-breathed scripture. Example: Pg 29 of his John Volume 1 commentary, he refers to 2 Esdras and Wisdom as if they were God-breathed scripture.
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