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The Gospel According to John (The New International Commentary on the New Testament) Hardcover – June 1, 1995
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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).Read more ›
If I may make a suggestion: when reading Morris' commentary, picture yourself sitting in a classroom with Dr. Morris. Then, as he "speaks", pretend you have the ability to raise your hand and ask him a question. (Had you been in his class, you would have found him remarkably cogent and very approachable.) Treat his commentary as an opportunity to, so to speak, interact with this great scholar.
To expand on my point a little, it seems to me that the point of reading a commentary is not so much to collect "all the right answers" like butterflies in a jar, as it is to have the opportunity to sit next to a gifted student (e.g. Dr. Morris) and listen to him as he tries to figure out what are the correct questions.
I don't want to suggest that reading Dr. Morris' commentary is a voyeuristic exercise. Not at all. Unlike many of our contemporaries (i.e. consistent post-Modernists), Dr. Morris apparently assumed that there is such a thing as objective truth and, through diligent study, we can know more and more about it. Yet, he seemed to have possessed a humility in his scholarship which is missing in the majority of scholars (and "poseur" scholars) in every field. That may have been the reason he was such an excellent student and teacher of the Johannine literature. (Plus, he was as sharp as a tack.)
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Bought this book in 1977 for a paltry $12.59 - new! - for an expository series on John. Wow! Rich! Used it for another series in 1983, and have often referred to it in writing and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Wade Long Jr.
this book was recommended to me as a study guide along with D.A Carson. Morris's book was very comprehensive,and in depth. This was an excellent source. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Peter Bongiovanni
As far as commentaries go, this is useful and informative. The quite extensive way in which Mr. Morris writes the explanations of Greek, history of the writing, comparison with... Read morePublished 22 months ago by R. Callicotte
Leon Lamb Morris (1914-2006) was an Australian New Testament scholar, who was ordained to the Anglican ministry, served as Warden of Tyndale House, Cambridge (1960-64); Principal... Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by Steven H Propp
All went according to plan. Enjoying the Commentary very much. Shipped quickly and packed nicely to avoid damage. Very satisfied.Published on April 24, 2014 by Neil T
The content of the book is good. But I expected the book to be in a newer condition.It has many underlines and cover is a little worn. So I was disappointed.Published on August 10, 2013 by Ruth Chang
First off, the Amazon information lists this as 1971, but it is the revised version from 1995. Now to my review. Read morePublished on July 25, 2010 by David Kilpatrick