Gospel of John

Verse-by-Verse Commentaries:

Charles K. Barrett, The Gospel According to St. John, Westminster, 1978.
moderate perspective; dated.

Raymond E. Brown, The Gospel According to John (Anchor Bible, 29), Doubleday, 1970. (two vols.) ****
moderate perspective; somewhat dated

Donald A. Carson, Gospel of John (Pillar), Eerdmans, 1990.
evangelical perspective;

Charles H. Talbert, Reading John, Crossroads Publishing, 1994. ****

Sir Edwin Hoskyns, The Fourth Gospel, Faber & Faber, 1940.
conservative perspective; dated.

Rudolph Schnackenburg, The Gospel According to St. John (Herder's Theological Commentary on the New Testament), Herder & Herder,
_____1968. (three vols.) ****
conservative mainline perspective; dated.

Monographs, Compilations, and Studies:

Paul N. Anderson, The Christology of the Fourth Gospel: Its Unity and Disunity in the Light of John 6, Trinity Press International, 1998.
David M. Ball, I Am in John's Gospel: Literary Function, Background & Theological Implications, Sheffield Academic Press, 1996.
Charles K. Barrett, Essays on John, Westminster, 1982.
Wayne Brouwer, The Literary Development of John 13-17: A Chiastic Reading (SBL Dissertation, 182), Scholars Press, 2000.
R. Alen Culpepper, Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel, Fortress, 1983. ****1/2
Charles H. Dodd,
The Interpretation of the Fourth Gospel, Cambridge University Press, 1985.
Paul D. Duke, Irony in the Fourth Gospel, Westminster John Knox, 1985.
Peter F. Ellis,
Genius of John: A Composition-Critical Commentary on the Fourth Gospel, Liturgical Press, 1984.
Thomas F. Glasson, Moses in the Fourth Gospel (Studies in Biblical Theology, 40), Alec R. Allenson, 1963.
Paul Julian, Jesus and Nicodemus: A Literary and Narrative Exegesis of Jn. 2,23-3,36 (Europäische Hochschulschriften, Reihe 23:
_____Theologie, 711), Peter Lang, 2001.
Craig R. Koester, Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel: Meaning, Mystery, Community, Fortress, 1995.
Ed Leroy Miller,
Salvation History in the Prologue of John (Supplements to Novum Testamentum, 57), Brill Academic, 1989.
George Mlakuzhyil, Christocentric Literary Structure of the Fourth Gospel (Analecta Biblica, 117), Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico,
____1987. *****
Wai-Yee Ng, Water Symbolism in John: An Eschatological Interpretation (Studies in Biblical Literature, 15), Peter Lang, 2001. ****
a revised and expanded treatment from his 1997 WTS Dissertation, Johannine Water Symbolism and Its Eschatological Significance: With Special Reference to John 4.

John W. Pryor, John, Evangelist of the Covenant People: The Narrative & Themes of the Fourth Gospel, Inter-Varsity, 1992.
Bruce G. Schuchard, Scripture Within Scripture:The Interrelationship of Form & Function in the Explicit Old Testament Citations in the
_____Gospel of John, Scholars Press, 1992.
Mark W. G. Stibbe, The Gospel of John as Literature (NT Tools and Studies, 17), Brill Academic, 1993.
John as Storyteller: Narrative Criticism and the Fourth Gospel (SNTS Monograph Series, 73), Cambridge University Press,
________ John's Gospel (New Testament Readings), Routledge, 1994.****
D. F. Tolmie,
Jesus' Farewell to the Disciples: John 13:1-17:26 in Narratological Perspective, Brill, 1995.
Derek Tovey, Narrative Art & Act in the Fourth Gospel, Sheffield Academic Press, 1997.
Matthew Vellanickal, The Divine Sonship of Christians in the Johannine Writings (Analecta Biblica, 72), Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 1977.
Jan G. van der Watt, Family of the King: Dynamics of Metaphor in the Gospel According to John (Biblical Interpretation Series, 47),
_____Brill Academic, 2000.

Articles and Essays:

R. Alan Culpepper, "The Pivot of John's Prologue," New Testament Studies 27 (1980): 1-31.
________ "The Plot of John's Story of Jesus" in Gospel Interpretation (ed. J. Kingsbury), 1997: 188-199.
previously published Interpretation 49 (1995).

Charles G. Dennison, "Rabboni: John 20:16," Kerux 1.1 (May 1986).
James T. Dennison Jr., "John 2: Structure and Biblical Theology," Kerux 11 (1996): 3-13.
________ "Nicodemus: John 3:1-16; 7:45-53; 19:38-42," Kerux 7 (Sept 1992): 26-29.
________ "Come and See: John 1:19-51,"
Kerux 9 (Sept 1994): 23-29.
________ "Jesus and Lazarus:
John 11:17-48, 53," Kerux 11 (Sept 1996): 3-6.
________ "Light, Life, Lamb... and Logos
: John 1:1-18," Kerux 1.1 (May 1986).
________ "
The Structure of John's Gospel: The Present State of the Question," Kerux 7 (May 1992): 37-42.
________ "The Prologue of John's Gospel: John 1:1-18," Kerux 8 (Sept 1993): 3-9.
________ "The Gospel of John: An Introduction," Kerux 8 (May 1993): 38-48.

________ "Witnesses to the King: John 19:17-42," Kerux 5.2 (Sept 1990).
Scott F. Hunter, "A Divine Engagement: John 4.1-30," Kerux 9.1 (May 1994).
Lee Irons, "Christus Agonistes: The Betrayal and Arrest of the I AM: John 18:1-14," Kerux 13.1 (May 1998): 3-15.
Calvin Mercer, "Jesus the Apostle: 'Sending' and the Theology of John," JETS 35 (1992): 457-462.
E. Malatesta, "The Literary Structure of John 17," Biblica 52 (1971): 190-214.
Herman N. Ridderbos
, "The Word Became Flesh" in Through Christ's Word: A Festschrift for Dr. Philip E. Hughes (ed. W. R. Godfrey
_____and J. L. Boyd III), Presbyterian & Reformed, 1985: 3-22.
________ "Structure and Scope of the Prologue to the Gospel of John," Novum Testamentum 8 (1966): :180-201.
________ "The Christology of the Fourth Gospel: History and Interpretation" in Saved by Hope (ed. J. I. Cook): 15-26.

Walt Russell, "The Holy Spirit's Ministry in the Fourth Gospel," Grace Theological Journal 8 (1987): 227-239.
Geerhardus Vos
, "True and Truth in the Johannine Writings" in Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation [ed. R. B. Gaffin],
_____Presbyterian & Reformed, 1981.
Jan G. van der Watt, "The Composition of the Prologue of John's Gospel" WTJ 57 (1995): 311-332.

More Commentaries:

Thomas L. Brodie, The Gospel According to John: A Literary and Theological Commentary, Oxford University Press, 1993.
George R. Beasley-Murray, John (Word Biblical Commentary, 36), Nelson-Word, 1999.
Kenneth Grayston, The Gospel of John (Narrative Commentaries), Trinity Press International, 1990.
Ernst Haenchen, John (Hermeneia), Augsburg Fortress, 1984. (two vols.)
Barnabas Lindars, The Gospel of John (New Century Bible), Eerdmans, 1972.
Francis J. Maloney, Belief in the Word: Reading the Fourth Gospel, John 1-4, Fortress, 1993.
________Signs and Shadows: Reading John 5-12, Fortress, 1996.
________ Glory Not Dishonor: Reading John 13-21, Fortress, 1998.
Herman N. Ridderbos, The Gospel of John, Eerdmans, 1997.
Ben Witherington III, John's Wisdom: A Commentary on the Fourth Gospel, Westminster John Knox, 1995.

More Monographs:

E. Earle Ellis, The World of St. John, Abingdon, 1965.
Craig A. Evans, World & Glory: On the Exegetical & Theological Background of John's Prologue, Sheffield Academic Press, 1993.
Larry D. George, Reading the Tapestry: A Literary-Rhetorical Analysis of the Johannine Resurrection Narrative, Peter Lang, 2000.
John Paul Heil, Blood and Water: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus in John 18-21 (CBQ Monograph Series, 27), Catholic
_____Biblical Association, 1995.
Ernst Käsemann, The Testament of Jesus, Fortress, 1968.
Homer A Kent Jr., Light in the Darkness: Studies in the Gospel of John, Baker, 1974.
Andrew T. Lincoln, Truth on Trial: The Lawsuit Motif in the Fourth Gospel, Hendrickson, 2000.
William R. G. Loader, Christology of the Fourth Gospel: Structure and Issues (Beitrage Zur Biblischen Exegese Und Theologie, 23),
_____Peter Lang, 1989.
James McCaffrey, The House With Many Rooms: The Temple Theme of John 14, 2-3 (Analecta Biblica, 114), Editrice Pontificio
____Istituto Biblico, 1988.
Bruce Milne, The Message of John (The Bible Speaks Today), Inter-Varsity, 1993.
Eldho Puthenkandathil, Philos: A Designation for the Jesus-Disciple Relationship: An Exegetico-Theological Investigation of the Term
_____in the Fourth Gospel (Europäische Hochschulschriften, Reihe 23: Theologie, 475), Peter Lang, 1995.
Moisés Silva, The Gospel of John, Westminster Media, tape series.
Stephen Smalley, John: Evangelist & Interpreter, Inter-Varsity, 1988.
Camillus Umoh, The Plot to Kill Jesus: A Contextual Study of John 11.47-53 (Europäische Hochschulschriften, Reihe 23: Theologie, 696),
_____Peter Lang, 2000.
Claus Westermann, The Gospel of John in the Light of the Old Testament, Fortress, 1998.
Ben Witherington III, John's Wisdom, Westminster John Knox, 1996.
Ann Roberts Winsor, A King is Bound in Tresses: Allusions to the Song of Songs in the Fourth Gospel (Studies in Biblical Literature, 6),
_____Peter Lang, 1999.

More Articles:

Gary M. Burge, "A Specific Problem in the New Testament Text and Canon: The Woman Caught in Adultery (John 7:53-8:11),"
____JETS 27 (1984): 141-148.
D. A. Carson, "The Function of the Paraclete in John 16:7-11," JBL 98 (1979): 547-566.
Raymond F. Collins, "From John to the Beloved Disciple: An Essay on Johannine Characters" in Gospel Interpretation (ed. J. Kingsbury), 1997: 200-211.
previously published Interpretation 49 (1995).

W. Robert Cook, "The 'Glory' Motif in the Johannine Corpus," JETS 27 (1984): 291-297.
Stephen L. Homcy, " 'You are Gods'? Spirituality and a Difficult Text," JETS 32 (1989): 485-491.
A. J. Hultgren, "The Johannine Footwashing (13:1-11): A Symbol of Eschatological Hospitality," New Testament Studies 28 (1982): 539-546.
Ernst Kasemann, "The Structure and Purpose of the Prologue of John's Gospel" in New Testament Questions of Today, Westminster,
Barnabas Lindars, "Discourse and Tradition: The Use of the Sayings of Jesus in the Discourses of the Fourth Gospel," JSNT 13 (1981): 83-101.
Gail R. O'Day, "Toward a Narrative-critical Study of John" in Gospel Interpretation (ed. J. Kingsbury), 1997: 181-187.
previously published Interpretation 49 (1995).

John W. Pryor, "The Johannine Son of Man and the Descent-Ascent Motif," JETS 34 (1991): 341-351.
Merrill C. Tenney, "Literary Keys to the Fourth Gospel," (four parts)
____"Part I: The Symphonic Structure of John," BSac 120 (1963): 117-125.
____"Part II: The Author’s Testimony to Himself," BSac 120 (1963): 214-223.
____"Part III: The Old Testament and the Fourth Gospel," BSac 120 (1963): 300-308.
____"Part IV: The Imagery of John," BSac 121 (1964): 13-21.
________ "Topics from the Gospel of John," (four parts)
____"Part I: The Person of the Father, BSac 132 (1975) :37-46.
____"Part II: The Meaning of the Signs," BSac 132 (1975): 145-160.
____"Part III: The Meaning of 'Witness' in John," BSac 132 (1975): 229-241.
____"Part IV: The Growth of Belief," BSac 132 (1975): 343-357.
Edwin C. Webster, "Pattern in the Fourth Gospel" in Art and Meaning: Rhetoric in Biblical Literature (JSOT Supplement, 19) ed. D. J. A. Clines,
____ D. M. Gunn, and A. J. HauserSheffield Academic, 1982: 230-257.

Larry Darnell George, Reading the Tapestry: A Literary-Rhetorical Analysis of the Johannine Resurrection Narrative (John 20-21)
____ (Studies in Biblical Literature, 14), Peter Lang, 2000.

Francisco Lozada, Jr., A Literary Reading of John 5: Text as Construction (Studies in Biblical Literature, 20), Peter Lang, 2000.

Geert Hallbäck, "The Gospel of John as Literature: Literary Readings of the Fourth Gospel" in New Readings in John (ed. J. Nissen, et al), 1999: 31-46.
discusses the interpretations of R. Alan Culpepper, Jeffrey L. Staley, Aage Henriksen, Mark W. G. Stibbe, and Frank Kermode.

René Kieffer, "The Implied Reader in John's Gospel" in New Readings in John (ed. J. Nissen, et al), 1999: 47-65.
Kimberly D. Booser, "The Literary Structure of John 1:1-18: An Examination of Its Theological Implications Concerning God's Saving Plan through
Jesus Christ," Evangelical Journal 16 (1998): 13-29.
Larry J. Kreitzer, "The Temple Incident of John 2:13-25: A Preview of What is to Come" in Understanding, Studying and Reading (ed. C. Rowland, et al), 1998: 93-101.

Fernando F. Segovia, "The Significance of Social Location in Reading John's Story" in Gospel Interpretation (ed. J. Kingsbury), 1997: 212-221.
previously published Interpretation 49 (1995).

Steve Motyer, "Method in Fourth Gospel Studies: A Way Out of the Impasse?" JSNT 66 (1997): 27-44.

Johannes Beutler, "The Structure of John 6" in Critical Readings of John 6 (ed. R. A. Culpepper), 1997: 115-127.

Francis J. Moloney, "The Function of Prolepsis in the Interpretation of John 6" in Critical Readings of John 6 (ed. R. A. Culpepper), 1997: 129-148.


Andreas J. Kostenberger, Encountering John: The Gospel in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective (Encountering Biblical Studies),
____ Baker, 1999. ***1/2
intermediate level; conservative evangelical perspective; introductory historical, literary, and theological value.

not yet reviewed

Johannes Beutler and R. T. Fortna (eds.), The Shepherd Discourse of John 10 and Its Contents, Cambridge, 1991.
Hendrikus Boers, Niether on this Mountain nor in Jerusalem (SBL Monograph, 35), Scholars Press, 1988.
Peter Borgen, Bread from Heaven: An Exegetical Study of the Concept of Manna in the Gospel of John and the Writings of Philo
____ (Supplements to Novum Testamentum, X), E. J. Brill, 1965.
Rudolf Bultmann, The Gospel of John: A Commentary, Westminster John Knox, 1971.
Camillus Umoh, The Plot To Kill Jesus : A Contextual Study Of John 11.47-53 (European University Studies: Series XXIII, Theology, 696),
____ Peter Lang, 2000.
Birger Olsson, Structure and Meaning in the Fourth Gospel. A Text-Linguistic Analysis of John 2:1–11 and 4:1–42 (Coniectanea Biblica:
____ New Testament, 6), Almqvist & Wiksell, 1974.

Dorothy A. Lee, The Symbolic Narratives of the Fourth Gospel: The Interplay of Form and Meaning (JSNT Supplement, 95), Sheffield Academic
____ Press, 1994.

Gail O'Day, Revelation in the Fourth Gospel, Fortress, 1986.

M. J. J. Menken, Numerical Literary Techniques in John: The Fourth Evangelist's Use of Numbers of Words and Symbols, Brill, 1985.

Mary R. Huie-Jolly, "Like Father, Like Son, Absolute Case, Mythic Authority: Constructing Ideology in John 5:17-23" in Society of Biblical Literature
____ (ed. E. Lovering, Jr.), 1997: 567-595.

Gail O'Day, "Toward a Narrative-Critical Study of John," Interpretation 49 (1995): 341-346.

C. H. Talbert, "Artistry and Theology: An Analysis of the Architecture of Jn 1,19-5,47," Catholic Biblical Quarterly 32 (1970): 341-366.

Steve Booth, Selected Peak Marking Features in the Gospel of John (American University Studies, Series 7: Theology and Religion, 178),
____ Peter Lang, 1996.