Book Review: John: A Commentary

John, written by R.C. Sproul and published by Reformation Trust Publishing, is part of the St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary Series.  This is the second volume in the series, which are all brilliantly written by Dr. Sproul.  There are many different kinds of commentaries written in different ways and to a variety of different contexts, some are written with the laymen in mind, some with the Bible Student, some with the Pastor.  This commentary seeks to bridge the audience gap between Pastor and laymen.

Unlike many commentaries John is not highly technical; it is an adaptation of a series of sermons Dr. Sproul taught to his congregation.  Yet despite not addressing highly technical issues, John does address issues in the text if they would be applicable to a pastor preaching to a congregation, or to anyone reading through the Gospel of Mark.  One of these textual issues is that of John 7:53-8:11which is the text of the woman caught in adultery.  Dr. Sproul accepts this section of the text as genuine, as he preached a sermon on it.  It seems evident from this and from other places in his commentaries (Eg. Mark 16:8-16) that Dr. Sproul defaults to the KJV acceptance of passages as a general rule when large issues of textual variances come into play.

Since the audience that John is intended for is laymen as well as the Pastor; it can be used for devotional reading and as a aid to pastors looking for practical application on the text.  This dual approach makes John one of only a handful of expositional commentaries, which are unabashedly reformed in theology yet have extremely insightful application without getting bogged down in technical discussions of exegesis about the Greek text.

When it comes down to it if you are looking to dive into the Gospel of John at any level of formal education or understanding Dr. Sproul’s John is a marvelous addition to your commentary library, for his expositional treatment of the text of the Gospel of John helps you understand and apply God’s Word to your daily life.

This book was provided to me free of charge from Reformation Trust Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, 
honest review.

John: A St. Andrews Expositional  Commentary
© 2009 by R.C. Sproul
Publisher: Reformation Trust
Page Count: 425 Pages

ISBN-13: 9781567691856

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