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John (BECNT)

John (BECNT)

Kostenberger, Andreas J.

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In this major new commentary on the Gospel of John, Andreas Köstenberger presents comprehensive and up-to-date analysis. His detailed study of one of the most important books in the New Testament is sure to become a standard resource for preachers, students, and scholars.

A well-respected New Testament scholar, Köstenberger begins with a thorough introduction to John and the topics relevant to its interpretation. He discusses the book's authorship, date of writing, theological emphasis, and relation to other New Testament writings.

In the commentary proper, each exegetical unit is introduced and translated by the author. A full verse-by-verse exposition is followed by additional notes of a more technical nature. Throughout the commentary, Köstenberger interacts with the best recent scholarship and presents his conclusions in an accessible manner. When dealing with particularly problematic sections, he considers the full range of suggested interpretations drawn from a broad spectrum of commentators before offering his own understanding.

About the Author

Andreas Kostenberger (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.

720 pages
Published November 2004

About the Series:

The Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) series provides commentaries that blend scholarly depth with readability, exegetical detail with sensitivity to the whole, and attention to critical problems with theological relevance.:
  • All volumes feature the author's detailed interaction with the Greek text and are specifically designed with students and pastors in mind.
  • The biblical author's central themes are developed throughout with each exegetical unit being related to the overall development of the biblical book.
  • The user-friendly design includes shaded-text chapter introductions summarizing the key themes of each thought unit.
  • Chapter outlines and overviews allow easy entry into the discussion and aid comprehension and recall.
  • Additional notes comment on unique aspects of a book, problem passages, textual variants, and other critical issues.
With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, these commentaries will be valued by students, professors, and pastors alike.

Browse other volumes in the Baker Exegetical Commentary.

Book Details

720 Pages
Publisher: Baker Book House
Publication Date: November 2004
ISBN 10: 080102644X
ISBN 13: 9780801026447

"Kostenberger has quickly established himself as a competent, conservative scholar and interpreter of John who now brings his formidable skills to the task of writing a commentary. His work is an important addition to our conversations, especially on Johannine theology, and merits careful attention."
--Robert Kysar, Bandy Professor of Preaching and New Testament Emeritus, Candler School of Theology, Emory University


"Kostenberger has already distinguished himself as one of evangelicalism's premier Johannine scholars and has authored an introductory-level textbook and commentary on the Fourth Gospel. Now he pulls all his research together in what will immediately establish itself as the best and most thorough commentary on the Greek text of John in recent years, from any theological perspective. This book is highly recommended!"
--Craig Blomberg, professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary


"Andreas Kostenberger's commentary on the Gospel of John in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament has been long anticipated. Professor Kostenberger is well established as a student of the Fourth Gospel, and he brings the full range of his scholarly gifts to this great project. This commentary combines exegetical scholarship and theological vigor. It belongs in the library of every serious student of the Bible."
--R. Albert Mohler Jr., president, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


"Kostenberger's historical and theological commentary on John will quickly establish itself as a voice to be reckoned with by those with ears to listen. His emphasis on mission gets to the very heart of why the Fourth Gospel was written. Kostenberger's book is critically aware but not vulgar in bibliographical detail, exegetically constrained but not blind to the narrative's movement, theologically astute but not heavy handed. It is succinct enough to be read by pastors, students, and scholars. A new generation of students will learn the Gospel of John at the feet of this Johannine scholar."
--Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University


"Kostenberger has provided a helpful commentary that draws on his considerable depth of scholarship, while not drowning the reader in too much detail. Writing in the tradition of Morris and Carson, he guides the reader through the Gospel of John, judiciously drawing on recent scholarship to highlight central issues and to comment lucidly and clearly. It is easy to find one's way around the commentary, both at a macro level and to find comment on a particular verse or section. This well-organized and clear commentary will be of value to many, especially to pastors and students."
--Steve Walton, senior lecturer in Greek and New Testament studies and academic secretary, London School of Theology


"Andreas Kostenberger's very fine commentary is the fruit of his living with the Gospel of John for more than a decade. His excellent volume is characterized by a sensitivity to the literary features of the Gospel, a careful grappling with the historical issues raised by it, and a commitment to John's ultimate theological concerns. The exegesis is clear, insightful, and edifying. It is highly recommended for serious students of John's Gospel."
--Peter T. O'Brien, senior research fellow, Moore Theological College


"Kostenberger's commentary on John's Gospel is an outstanding piece of evangelical scholarship. It shows great awareness of present-day scholarly debates while maintaining a steady, conservative approach. Even those disagreeing with his general perspective cannot afford to neglect this concisely written work."
--Rainer Riesner, professor of New Testament, University of Dortmund, Germany