Commenting on Commentaries on the Book of John

Many years ago I worked for John A. Burns in the Wallace Library. I was always impressed by the breadth of his knowledge of theological literature. Twenty-five years ago the Criswell Theological Journal included an article by Burns entitled Commenting On Commentaries on the Book of John. That has been quite awhile ago, but a survey of his recommendations reveals that most of his suggestions have stood the test of time. Below are some of his recommendations that are still in print.

Books that will assist in the literary study of the Fourth Gospel:

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A study aid for the student that does not require facility of New Testament Greek:

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More resources for the study of key words:

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Resources for background information on John:

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Seminal studies in the Gospel According to John:

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Devotional studies in this gospel:

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For those who can find their way through theological divergences:

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Study guides reinforcing the unity of the book:

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And, four commentaries that are “usable by everyone, their cost is not prohibitive, they have verse-by-verse, exposition of the Greek text, and they are not conditioned by severe and unsympathetic methodologies that are destructive to confidence in the Bible”:

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