The Gospel of St. John by Lightfoot

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Here is the second of IVP’s planned releases of recently-discovered commentaries by famous scholar J. B. Lightfoot. Ben Witherington , a reputable scholar himself, found the handwritten manuscripts in Durham. Though many of Lightfoot’s commentaries have been popular for over a century, these releases cover commentaries on parts of the Bible that he did pursue publishing because dear friends wrote on those same books of the Bible. Now with this publishing event, his work was not in vain.

This succinct commentary goes through John 12. There is some untranslated Greek, but an open interlinear Bible will allow you to work around it. You can tell what a thoughtful scholar he was as you read. There are many points where I could not agree with him, but I still find interacting with him profitable in any event.

Even more fascinating for me was his introduction on the authenticity of the Gospel of John, as well as Appendix A and B on the same subject. He has great points that are unlike what I have read in other places.  The context of his times and the negative onslaught of German scholarship he battled makes you appreciate it more. Appendix C by Martin Hengel will round out your understanding of German scholarship and its influence.

We have here both an interesting, historical commentary and something of a collector’s item. You will want to check it out.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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