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by Herman Ridderbos

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Ridderbos effectively displays the historical and conceptual coherence of the Gospel of John.

Ridderbos presents John in its distinctively apostolic character and includes important criteria for the literary and homiletical exegesis of the Fourth Gospel. Ridderbos effectively displays the historical and conceptual coherence of the Gospel of John. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society "Readers familiar with Herman Ridderbos have come to expect outstanding scholarship from the well-known Dutch scholar.

First of all, Ridderbos has a very robust theology of the supernatural character and nature of the Kingdom. Many of the elements of his timeless work "The Coming Of The Kingdom" are reflected in his handling of the signs and miracles. D. A. Carson May 26, 2008 5 5. The Evidence of the Gospel Itself. For our insight into the unique character of the Fourth Gospel the author’s self-testimony is of decisive importance in more than one respect.

Herman Ridderbos completed his undergraduate studies there, and did his post-graduate work at the Free University of Amsterdam under F. W. . Grosheide, qualifying for his doctorate in 1936. In 1943, after serving as a pastor for eight years, Ridderbos was appointed to the post of Professor of New Testament Studies at Kampen, succeeding Seakle Greijdanus who had been one of his professors Works.

The Gospel of John is one of the most popular and beloved books in the .

Choosing a top five, therefore, is more difficult with this book than it is with most of the others. The English translation was first published in 1997.

Ridderbos effectively displays the historical and conceptual coherence of the Gospel of John. A splendid example of theological analysis without al layers and a significant addition to works on John.

history and theology in Johns gospel must not be separated, Regarding authorship, Ridderbos therefore stresses the "beloved disciples" role as apostolic eyewitness (pp. 6734), pointing also to the explicit and pointed identification of this disciple with the gospel's author in John 21:24 (p. 675).

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This excellent commentary by Herman Ridderbos engages seriously the host of twentieth-century interpretations of John while also developing its own integral understanding of John in which the Gospel emerges as a profoundly theological work. Ridderbos presents John in its distinctively apostolic character and includes important criteria for the literary and homiletical exegesis of the Fourth Gospel.

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Of the scholarly commentaries on John's Gospel (there are SO many), I put 4 on top of all others, yet have a hard time picking any of them as greater than the other, as they work so well together. These four are: Carson's Pillar commentary on John, Morris' NICNT on John, Keener's 2-volume Gospel of John, and this commentary by Ridderbos. Ridderbos' view of John is clear and concise with great insights into a very difficult book, especially in view of critiques of John in the past 70+ years. Interestingly, Carson, Morris and Beasley-Murray (the editor of the translation of Bultmann's commentary on John) all endorse this commentary on the back of the book.

This commentary is hefty enough for scholarly reference, while still remaining accessible to all levels of Christian studies due to the clear writing (not overly difficult to understand as many theological writings can be for laypeople) and does not heavily use Greek to make points (almost all Greek reference is found in his footnotes.)

Ridderbos does not spend a great deal of time on theological aspects such as unity and authorship in the beginning of the text. He discusses these issues throughout the text and touches finally on authorship at the end in an epilogue. Throughout, Ridderbos builds a picture of unity of the text, and while not ruling John-son of Zebedee as the dogmatic truth as author since he believes authorship was purposefully veiled, he does point heavily in that direction while discussing most major differing viewpoints.

He also does not presuppose or tie his commentary to any one translation like Carson and Morris do (both speak at length about the NIV, each in positive and negative aspects where they either agree or disagree with the translation.)

While strictly tagging Ridderbos as any specific mindset when he avoids describing himself in any such way would be unfair, his theology seems to fit with Evangelical theology of a conservative mold. This is said not to turn others off, because Ridderbos provides detailed evidence for his conclusions, but just to give my impression of the work.

Overall, this is one of my most valued books on the Fourth Gospel, and I highly recommend it as an initial/primary commentary or as a superb addition to the library of anyone studying the Fourth Gospel.
This is truly a fine addition to the vast numbers of commentaries on the gospel of John. Ridderbos does an outstanding job in thinking theologically through the issues in John's gospel. As a Presbyterian pastor who loves to preach on Johannine texts, I have found Ridderbos' comments to be cogent, beautiful, insightful and preachable. I would recommend it highly for the pastor wanting resources on the gospel of John. My only complaint is that it is in paperback, I would have much preferred a hardback for wear and tear.
This commentary is packed with precious theological insights of Ridderbos, and I highly recommend it to all who desire to study the Gospel of John in depth.
The gospel of John is probably the richest gospel theologically of the four. John wrote in such a way that one keeps reading and re-reading his gospel and almost feeling as if never hitting the bottom. No doubt this has led to so many commentaries. But which commentaries have I found helpful on John?

Ridderbos is another giant in Johannine scholarship. His commentary though not praised by many probably due to lack of a lively writing style, is a great theological commentary. Often getting to the theological heart beat of the passage better than Carson and others. A must have!

Carson's commentary is held by many as the best. Well, it has a healthy balance of history and theology. Carson will go to great lengths on disputed passages, arguing out his case with such a humble and clear approach that one feels he's in capable hands. Some of his theological insights are seminal e.g. on "worship in spirit and in truth". But all in all, his commentary does not so easily work it's way into the sermon, though it will give you a firm grasp of the text. You can almost always begin with him, get it!

Michaels has poured over John for decades and the fruit of that is seen in the replacement volume on John in the NICNT. He has been faulted for not interacting with other recent commentators on John and not being current on linguistic developments (e.g. 1:1-3 cf. Wallace's grammar). But for a literary-theological reading of John, he's hard to beat. He has worked hard to show the coherence of John's gospel, often hearing echoes of other parts of the gospel in other parts and thereby using John to interpret himself. For this reason, his commentary will help a preacher preach a masterful series of sermons on John's gospel that hits John's heart beat. Get it and pour over it!

O'Day in the NIB is brief but very theologically alert. You will find in this hidden gem, theological and practical insights that will work there way into the sermon. Clearly she did her homework. For heart and mind!
Keener's commentary is massive (over 1600 pages). And it displays his usual strengths, a mastery of secondary sources and the background. It has a very lengthy and useful introduction (about 300 pages) which deals with almost all theological and introductory questions. It is very useful for academic research and background information but not of immediate use to the preacher. Go deeper with it!
Brown's commentary is old but still extremely insightful. He was truly a master of Johannine scholarship. Do not let the "Catholic" label prevent you from mining the textual interpretive insights in it. His theological insights can be questioned some times but whose can not? His translation is always fresh. Get it and chew it.

Morris' commentary was replaced by a better commentary by Michaels. It's insights are found in the footnotes - do not skip over them. He had the ability of getting insights from others and incorporating them in his writings. Other than that, it is a sane interpretation of John. I replaced it with Michaels - I miss it though. I have read through his "studies in the fourth gospel" and "Jesus is the Christ: studies in the theology of John". The former is useful but the later has some really excellent essays - a treasure of theological reflection.
I haven't had access to Barrett's commentary, I just can't easily find it but I have seen and read good things. Looking forward to acquiring a copy.

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The advertising commented on having several notes and underlines. Only about seven pages had marks, so I am pleased that the book was in much better condition than I thought it would be. It is almost brand new and the binding was tight. the delievery time was quick and well before I expected it. Good job
This work on John by Herman Ridderbos is simply magnificant in so many ways. It is trully a breath of fresh air in the ever stagnating pool of Johannine exegesis.
I have nicknamed Ridderbos 'the razor'. And this commentary on John is the prime reason why. Ridderbos does not mess around. He shaves off the 'later reading's into the text', to expose a true flowing narrative of John's words and redaction. Ridderbos wrestles with the theology of the 4th gospel in a way that is almost never seen in America.
In short, this could possibly be the most underrated work on John of the second half of the 20th century. It has challenged my views as few commentaries have. I recommend this work highly.
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The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary download epub
Bible Study & Reference
Author: Herman Ridderbos
ISBN: 0802804535
Category: Christian Books & Bibles
Subcategory: Bible Study & Reference
Language: English
Publisher: Eerdmans; Text is Free of Markings edition (June 11, 1997)
Pages: 735 pages