Craig Keener is the author of The Gospel of John: A Commentary.
This volume is considered one of the best John commentaries available today. It is a stand-alone commentary; meaning, its not part of a series. Keener published this two-volume commentary in 2003.
Pastors who want an in-depth study of John, including discussion on societal-cultural and literary backgrounds will benefit from this commentary. Professors and seminary students may benefit more so.
Those familiar with Greek will maximize for of these volumes than those who are not.
Keener is evangelical and Arminian.
Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.
Paperback: 1,696 pages
Publisher: Baker Academic (2010)
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“Keener’s new commentary on the Gospel of John represents a striking achievement in the history of Johannine scholarship. It is meticulously researched, cogently argued, and clearly presented, and will not soon be surpassed either in comprehensiveness or in depth. [It] belongs on the shelf of every student of the Fourth Gospel.”
~ David E. Aune, Walter Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, University of Notre Dame
“The book is a remarkable achievement, and all who work on early Christianity in general or on John’s Gospel in particular, whether they agree with Keener or not, will have to pay attention both to his facts and to his argumentation. In that sense, it is something of a milestone, not only in Johannine studies but also in the scholarly world’s ongoing investigation of Christian origins.”
~ J. Ramsey Michaels, Southwest Missouri State University
“Keener’s detailed knowledge of the ancient sources is enviable. He provides a wealth of documentation on the ancient Mediterranean cultural, social, political, religious, and literary milieu of the Fourth Gospel. On numerous occasions his discussion of Jewish and Greco-Roman cultural conventions aids appreciation of the details of John’s narrative. His commentary is therefore a mine of illuminating background material for all students of this Gospel. Its social-historical focus makes it an excellent complement to those commentaries which concentrate more on literary and theological matters.”
~ Andrew Lincoln, University of Gloucestershire, England
“Craig Keener’s academic commentaries are among the most important in print, because they not only summarize former scholarship but also add so many new insights from primary literature of the time.”
~ David Instone-Brewer, Tyndale House, Cambridge
“Keener’s commentary on the Gospel of John is a work of stunning erudition. Aimed primarily at situating the Gospel in its intellectual, theological, and historical context, this monumental commentary cites an unparalleled array of ancient sources. Scholars will be mining its references and citing its interpretations for decades to come.”
~ R. Alan Culpepper, dean, McAfee School of Theology
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.