Herman Ridderbos – The Gospel of John Commentary

John commentary by Herman RidderbosHerman Ridderbos is the author of The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary.

It is considered one of the best John commentaries available today.

Ridderbos published this commentary in 1997. It is over 700 pages.

This is a mid-level to advanced-level commentary. It does not offer a lot of exposition or application help to pastors.

It is praised for its thoroughness and theological reflection.

Volume Details

Paperback: 735 pages
Publisher: Eerdmans (1997)
ISBN-10: 0802804535
ISBN-13: 978-0802804532

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“A rich resource for any preacher or student. . . . Ridderbos effectively displays the historical and conceptual coherence of the Gospel of John.”

~ Interpretation

“Ridderbos’s commentary reflects balanced scholarship that endeavors to come to grips with what John was trying to say in his portrayal of Jesus. . . . A splendid example of theological analysis without postulating redactional layers and a significant addition to works on John.”

~ Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Volume Overview

The publisher notes, in this commentary on John—originally published in Dutch in 1987 and translated into English a decade later—Herman Ridderbos engages the host of twentieth-century interpretations while also developing his own integral understanding of John in which the Gospel emerges as a profoundly theological work.

Beginning with a theological introduction on “the peculiar character of the Fourth Gospel,” Ridderbos uses verse-by-verse exposition to unpack John’s distinctive apostolic character, offering expert literary and homiletical exegesis of the Fourth Gospel “as the Christian church adopted it.”