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Keener's commentary explores the Jewish and Greco-Roman settings of John more deeply than previous works, paying special attention to social-historical and rhetorical features of the Gospel. It cites about 4,000 different secondary sources and uses over 20,000 references from ancient literature.
Craig S. Keener
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Since Amazon has not moved the seven reviews originally appearing on the site of the hardcover, I'm re-doing a review here for this new edition: This two-volume work is one that I keep right on my desk every day, year in and year out, as I study Scripture. What astonishes me is the sheer scope of Keener's knowledge, and the clear and engaging way that he presents his conclusions. He treats the skeptics with the requisite generosity and patience to which I've become accustomed when reading the brilliant scholarship of a believer, and his knowledge of ancient Greek, Roman and Jewish writers is breath-taking. This and his work on Matthew are immense contributions to the field of New Testament Scholarship. I find all Keener's work to be accessible for mainstream people such as myself, who cannot read the ancient languages. The comprehensive nature of Keener's approach, the way he truly does explain just about every conceivable interpretation of a passage is simply amazing. I turn to...
I actually have read these two volumes in fairly good detail and have a strong formal background in NT scholarship. Keener is extremely thorough as a researcher and in his reviews of the literature and scholarship. I think this is the main strength of the 2 volume set. The fact that he spends the first 363 or so pages on a very careful, thoughtful introduction to John is also a real strength. No commentary is perfect, but this is a very useful resource for anyone doing a serious scholarly look at the Gospel of John. He allows you to see the evidence, the viewpoints, and to come to your own conclusions.
This commentary is amazing. Keeper's depth of knowledge of the ancient sources is staggering. With over 30,000 ancient sources, including Jewish, Greek and Christian, the reader will no doubt come understand the hermeneutics of the Gospel of John after reading this scholarly commentary.
My only warning would be that the material may be out of some people's league. It could baffle the layman I'm sure. So if you are just looking for something a little less refined then a good start would be Keener's IVP Bible Background Commentary on the New Testament. It has a little less rhetoric and lacks the vast amount of footnotes.
However, this is not to say the John Commentary is lacking but that it's readers maybe be. The book is definitely filled with amazing facts and enlightens any reader who picks it up. It revealed things that I, having read the Gospel of John numerous times along side other commentaries of it, had certainly never known and much more. This just shows...
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