As a minister of the Gospel am always on the lookout for new aids in the study of biblical original languages. Yet also as a student of Biblical Greek, of which this mastery did not come easy, I look for different aids which help with any weakness I have in this area, The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: John is one of those resources, which combine scholarly work and superior lexical mastery. Most of lexical aids are in the form of reference materials, such as grammar books. The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament series is a lexical aid and exegetical Biblical Greek commentary. The newest work in the fantastic series is John by Muray J. Harris, and edited by series editor Andres J. Köstenberger and Robert W. Yarborough and exceeds any weary preconceptions.
Needless to say, a person must have a through knowledge of Biblical Greek to use this work. And if you do you will not be disappointed this exegetical guide is an invaluable resource for those who want to dig deeper into the text and shine light into difficult to translate passages. Going deeper into the work itself, John begins with the traditional introductory matters. This might be the only weakness of this aid, and the reason is that it is only a few pages in length, which could be expanded upon further. Yet with these matters not being of primary importance in a lexical aid with some added commentary, a few pages are all that is needed.
One of the greatest strengths is also found in the introduction section. Thompson has a small section that details what he perceives are the greatest and most helpful commentaries on the gospel of John, I have found this an invaluable tool in collecting commentaries to preaching through this Gospel. After seeing the scholarly work which Thompson put into this exegetical guide these recommendations are worth the cost of the guide itself.
This aid to John is truly unique in its approach; each verse is broken down with each Greek word being expertly dissected with a small argument about syntax and commentary. At the end of each narrative section Harris gives homiletical suggestions which are wonderful plan to outline a preaching series for a pastor. I look forward to the new installments in this recently begun series. In the end I fully recommend this work to any pastors who know their Biblical Greek and want to use it in their sermons.
This book was provided to me free of charge from B & H Academic Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: John
© 2015 by Murray J. Harris
Publisher: B & H Academic Publishing
Page Count: 400 Pages
Publishers Website: http://bhacademic.com