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John (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) Hardcover – December 1, 2004
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Andreas Köstenberger (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of New Testament and director of Ph.D/Th.M. studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Encountering the Gospel of John, The Book Study Concordance of the Greek New Testament, and The Missions of Jesus and the Disciples according to the Fourth Gospel. He also translated Adolf Schlatter's two-volume New Testament Theology.
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Furthermore, there is a slightly disturbing aspect to Kostenberger that I should point out. I have found that he parrot's Carson's comments almost to the point of repeating him verbatim at times. I realize plagiarism is a serious charge and it seems like an editor should have picked up on this. In either case, I have used these commentaries side by side for nearly 4 years now (preaching through the gospel) and I have found this to be consistently the case, passage after passage. In some ways, that is a compliment to Carson, because his commentary is still the most insightful of all Evangelical commentaries on John.
Having said all that, Kostenberger is still a very good overall commentary. It is clear, to the point, faithful to the text and conservative in its interpretations. In addition to Morris and Carson (the best), I would also recommend Keener's 2 volume set. He offers good insight into historical background issues that the others do not and it is not as ponderous as some have claimed it to be.
What prevents a higher individual rating is that the questions the commentary tried to answer at times seem obscured - it can tilt too much to the exegetical and away from the commentary. Roughly 1/3rd of every page is footnotes that do a magnificent job of tracing the scholastic argument, but sometimes at the expense of the author's own comments and interpretation. It is a great exegetical work establishing the text in its own context and within the scholarship. It tends at times to lack a voice of its own.
The strengths of this resource have been well-documented by other reviewers here, so I won't repeat the same.
During my study, there have been only two somewhat minor complaints...more like frustrations, really. The first is the occasional obscure English word used by the author to describe something. Realizing that Kostenberger is an academic, I can understand the propensity to do this. I'd just rather spend my time looking up Greek words rather than English words.
Secondly, there is a tendency for the author to overly send the reader to other resources for clarification. While I realize that one resource, no matter how well-written, can be complete in and of itself. Yet the continuity of thought and reading is repeatedly interrupted with a reference to another work for clarification. Sometimes it's the author's other works, and sometimes other commentaries. I'd like to be able to spend more than just a few minutes in this one volume without feeling like I need to refer to 3 or 4 other works to understand what was just written.
That said, I still rate this work with 4 stars. It's a very worthwhile addition to any pastor's library.
I highly recommend this book for seminary students, Bible teachers, pastors, and scholars. It would be a great resource for the ministry of the word.
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