John (ZECNT) by Edward W. Klink III

51arz1tyghl-_sx395_bo1204203200_If you are looking through and evangelical commentary on the Greek of John, John, by Edward W. Klink III published by Zondervan Academic is what you are searching for.  This commentary is a recent volume in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Series edited by Clinton E. Arnold, a series which is synonymous with excellent exegesis and superior application, this volume continues the long legacy.  This volume is one of the most articulate and practical modern commentaries on the fourth Gospel.  While Klink III is no stranger to Biblical commentaries this is his first foray into this first-rate commentary series.

John has four main sections the typical general introduction, and followed by a short bibliography, a commentary on the Greek text of John, and lastly a short work dealing with the theology of the Gospel according to John.  With regard to the general introduction it is the typical study into the introductory matters of John’s Gospel.  This is a serious scholarly work which dives into contextual as well as the as the different mythological approaches to study these books, and at 80 pages of introduction it is useful to scholars are well as pastors.  The only part that is lacking girth is the section on authorship; the author spends more time on the title of the Gospel than possible authorship of John.  It is nice to see that Klink III names the Apostle John as the author, yet he never truly examines other candidates.  This can either be due to his conviction of the Apostle John being the author or Klink III, not seeing the much evidence to explore other possible options.

In reference to the commentary sections on the text of the Fourth Gospel itself, Klink III, takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while applying it directly to the modern day reader.  He also uses his own translation of the Greek text, which demonstrates his depth of knowledge of the text itself.    The outlines that he provides are also of great use for a pastor looking to preach though the Gospel of John exegetically.

With regard of recommending John to others I would whole heartily recommend this commentary to students of scripture, with one caveat.  By this I mean I recommend this work to Pastors, Bible Teachers, Bible College Students, and to a limited extent educated Laymen looking to teach a Sunday school class, there is enough scholarly weight to this work to understand a particular issue in the text while giving aid to pastors in preaching the text.  There are many commentaries about Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi available at this moment but John  of the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series is a giant step above the rest.

This book was provided to me free of charge from Zondervan Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.


John: Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

© 2016 by Edward W. Klink III

Publisher: Zondervan Academic

Page Count: 971 Pages

ISBN: 9780310243601


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