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Explanation - The following list includes not only commentaries but other Christian works by well known evangelical writers. Most of the resources below are newer works (written after 1970) which previously were available only for purchase in book form or in a Bible computer program. The resources are made freely available by archive.org but have several caveats - (1) they do not allow copy and paste, (2) they can only be checked out for one hour (but can be checked out immediately when your hour expires giving you time to read or take notes on a lengthy section) and (3) they require creating an account which allows you to check out the books free of charge. To set up an account click archive.org and then click the picture of the person in right upper corner and enter email and a password. That's all you have to do. Then you can read these more modern resources free of charge! I have read or used many of these resources but not all of them so ultimately you will need to be a Berean (Acts 17:11+) as you use them. I have also selected works that are conservative and Biblically sound. If you find one that you think does not meet those criteria please send an email at https://www.preceptaustin.org/
God, are you there? (Do You Care? Do You Know About Me?) by Arthur, Kay (1994) 246 pages. 61 ratings
This is not a commentary but a guide to study of the Gospel of John, and one of the best guides available. If you want to meet Jesus or introduce him to someone who is willing to study the Gospel of John with you, this book is for you. You will be guided through the Gospel using inductive Bible study methods by one of the premier inductive teachers of our generation. This would also be an excellent book for small group Bible study of John. You will not be disappointed and hopefully you can use it to see another soul brought into the Kingdom by the Spirit and the Word in John's Gospel (Jn 20:31)!
John - Life Application Commentary - Bruce Barton, et al. (1993) 468 pages 33 ratings Comments are not long but conservative often with excellent application points.
John: Life Application Bible Studies - 125 pages - study notes - not the same as the resource above.
Life Application Study Bible : New Living Translation. Has some very helpful notes.
The Gospel according to John Pillar Commentary Series - Carson, D. A. (Donald Arthur), 1946-
The Interpretation of St. John's Gospel - R C H Lenski
Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus Christ, and the Gospel of John by Bowman, Robert M
James Rosscup - He puts his focus on John 1:1, answering Jehovah’s Witnesses who have changed their line of argument from a few years ago. Bowman also deals with 8:58 and 20:28. For years Bowman has shown skill in refuting cultic error as associate editor of Christian Research Journal and in other capacities.
The Gospel of John - Volume 1 - John 1:1-4:54 - James M Boice
The Gospel of John - Volume 3 - John 9:1-12:50 - James M Boice
The Gospel of John: by Bruce, F. F. (1994) 444 pages Grace Theological Journal - "A gold mine for the reader who desires to pursue the argument of the Gospel from the standpoint of the best of present-day scholarship." Rosscup ranks this the #4 (out of 8) best exegetical commentary.
Rosscup - Bruce gives a fresh translation of the Greek, much good commentary, a copious use of current literature, and application. Clarity prevails as he offers help for pastors, seminarians and lay people. At times, however, his vocabulary will mystify those not trained in languages, e. g. “sotto voce,” p. 174; “ingressive sense of the aorist,” p. 246, etc. Overall it is a very fine commentary by one of the leading evangelicals of recent decades.
The Gospel according to St. John : an introduction and commentary - R V G Tasker - The Gospel According to St. John, The Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (1975)
John : the gospel of light and life by Hillis, Don W 15 ratings - highly rated by users.
Note this is not a commentary but a guided study with questions on many verses followed by a "test" (True/False) - Might be useful if you have never studied John. Also might be helpful to someone teaching (even preaching) John as it gives suggested questions.
John - The NIV Application Commentary by Burge, Gary M., 1952- (2000) 638 pages 131 ratings or another source 16 ratings
Rosscup - A Wheaton College professor seeks to interpret John in its Jewish flavor, i.e. with sensitivity to the OT rooting and Palestinian Judaism of Jesus’ day. He uses such materials to see the Messianic aspects. Burge offers different views on some of the problems, such as “water and Spirit” in 3:6, and Peter’s responses in 21:15–17. He gives background custom as for the events of the festival when Jesus invited drinking from Him (7:37–39), and footwashing in chap. 13. This does not mean that in all verses comments are adequate (cf. 15:2, 6, for example) to nail details down distinctly, or look at views. Since this series often just sums up passages, remarks on some verses can be difficult and slow to be located, or at times not be there due to the generalities. Some key verses are handled too quickly, or only partially (cf. 10:28, 29). The comments are sufficient at times, but not consistently enough to put the work among the more dependable.
John: the Gospel of Life by Burge, Gary M., (2008) 148 pages - This is a study guide not a commentary.
Interpreting the fourth Gospel by Burge, Gary (1996) 196 pages - A Guide to New Testament Exegesis. Not a commentary, but an interesting resource. For example on page 125 there is lengthy discussion on Word Studies in John including a section entitled "Fundamental Rules of Word Study." and another entitled "Common Johannine Word Study Errors."
Interpreting the Gospel of John : a practical guide by Burge, Gary M., (2013) 244 pages - Apparently the revised edition of the resource directly above.
Evangelical Commentary on the Bible - editor Walter Elwell (1989) 1239 pages. User reviews. Burge, Gary. “John,” in Evangelical Commentary
James Rosscup - Although brief, Burge shows awareness of issues and often uses his space well to provide help.
The theology of John by Cook, W. Robert
Cyril Barber - A detailed examination of Johannine literature covering all the major areas of thought. A worthy contribution to this area of biblical theology. Recommended.
Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel : a study in literary design by Culpepper, R. Alan
Cyril Barber - Competent interdisciplinary studies in English are rare. This one explores John and makes ample use of modern redactional works to highlight the poetics, narrative structure, and other aspects of the gospel. The result is a stimulating, scholarly work
The Beloved Disciple ... his name, his story, his thought : two studies from the Gospel of John by Eller, Vernard
Cyril Barber - An informative and unorthodox approach to the authorship and theology of the fourth gospel. With tongue-in-cheek Eller uses the techniques of Sherlock Holmes to unravel the mystery of authorship. His conclusion will surprise some and irritate others. A lively discussion.
The Gospel of John; an exposition by Erdman, Charles R.
Rosscup - Concise treatments are given to each of the N. T. books. The main value of the set lies in its clear synthesis which helps the student grasp the flow of thought as he moves through a book. Erdman possessed a lucid writing style. He was amillennial.
A guide to John's Gospel by Guthrie, Donald
Cyril Barber - In order to promote more expositional study of the biblical text--especially among lay persons--Guthrie has prepared this collection of outlines on the Gospel of John. While his aim is to lay bare what the text actually says, his guiding purpose is to assist Christians understand how Scripture may be applied to their lives. To achieve this goal, Guthrie has divided John's gospel into sections. His knowledge of the NT is incisive, and his skill as a Bible teacher places all readers in his debt. This is an extremely helpful little volume and is as concise as it is relevant. Recommended.
John, the gospel of faith by Harrison, Everett Falconer, 1902- from Everyman's Bible Commentary series. Conservative, but not much depth.
Exposition of the Gospel according to John by Hendriksen, William, 1900-1982 (1953) 526 pages 19 ratings
Rosscup - Trained in the Christian Reformed tradition, Hendriksen is thoroughly conservative and believes in plenary verbal inspiration. He served for ten years as Professor of New Testament Literature in Calvin Seminary. His introductions are quite extended and carefully written. In his commentary, which is very usable, he first presents a brief synthetic outline of a section, follows up with a detailed discussion verse-by-verse, then gives a survey of the argument in that section. His footnote discussions show a wide breadth of reading. He is usually quite helpful on problems, Greek word meanings, and matters of history, culture or geography. There are many stimulating sermon hints and devotional thoughts. He is good in presenting several different views to a question and documenting them thoroughly. He is amillennial in matters pertaining to the kingdom (cf. his comment on 10:16 as well as his book More Than Conquerors, pp. 222ff.). Though the author is very helpful in the Greek, the manner of discussion can be extremely valuable to the layman.
Behold the Man (Expository Studies in the Gospel of John 11-21) by R. Kent Hughes (1984) 184 pages Rosscup ranks Hughes work on John's Gospel #3 (out of 6) in the devotional category.
John: That You May Believe (536 pages)
Cyril Barber on Hughes' "John: That you May Believe" - An expositional commentary of rare excellence. Covers the theme of John’s gospel in the best evangelical tradition. Designed for lay people.
Light in the darkness : studies in the Gospel of John by Kent, Homer Austin (1974) 244 pages 2 ratings Rosscup ranks this is the #2 most useful expositional commentary on John.
Rosscup - Kent’s paragraph-by-paragraph survey of John’s Gospel deals with some of the main problem areas in exposition. It is geared to be a guide for personal or group study. Kent utilizes photographs, maps, and diagrams. It is a good expositional survey by an evangelical (former President, Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN).
Encountering John : the Gospel in historical, literary, and theological perspective by Köstenberger, Andreas J.,
Cyril Barber (on Kostenberger's "Exegetical Commentary on the NT") This commentary follows several other works on John’s Gospel written by Kostenberger. The writer treats this canonical book as historically reliable, the product of careful composition, that sets forth Christ as the Son of God in a way that would lead readers to faith in Him. A scholarly production.
The Gospel of John by Michaels, J. Ramsey - New International Commentary New Testament - Mathison writes "preachers may want to consult the commentaries by" and then mentions this author.
The Gospel According to John : An Introduction and Commentary by Kruse, Colin G (2008) 404 pages = Note this is not his more detailed work in the Pillar Commentary Series but his shorter work in the Tyndale NT Commentary Series. See reviews although I think these are primarily on the newer edition (2017). They should still give you a good idea of the value of his original edition.
John by Fredrikson, Roger (The Communicator's Commentary) - now published as the Preacher's Commentary. 4.9/5 stars. These are generally helpful for preaching as they often have illustrations, etc. Read some of the glowing reviews = 10 ratings or reviews.
Or here = The Communicator's Commentary. John - identical to above
The Gospel according to John : the English text with introduction, exposition and notes - New International Commentary New Testament by Morris, Leon
Cyril Barber - A work of superlative scholarship that not only replaces the majestic work by Westcott but surpasses Barrett as well.
Rosscup ranks this is the #5 most useful exegetical commentary on John.
Reflections on the Gospel of John by Morris, Leon - 776 pages (2000)
Studies in the fourth Gospel by Morris, Leon - 382 pages (1969) This is not his commentary in the NICNT listed above, but his writing are always generally excellent. One user writes "This volume concerns controversies over authorship, date, and theological questions that Leon Morris deliberately didn't address in his full commentary."
Secrets of the Spirit by Stedman, Ray C (1977) 164 pages = Also online at this link. - PDF's of the 12 sermons in this series given in 1973 at Peninsula Bible Church. Entire series, one html file or one Adobe Acrobat .pdf file
Cyril Barber - As an exposition of Christ's "last will and testament," these studies of John 14-16 ably treat the events that took place on the eve of the crucifixion
Preaching the Gospel of John : proclaiming the living Word by Williamson, Lamar. 347 pages. See Ratings - Interesting format - not a classic commentary. A quick review suggests it might have some helpful hints on preaching the texts.
Christ the liberator by Stott, John R. W
James Rosscup - This book has other messages at Urbana, 1970, but Stott’s expositions on John 13–17 fill the first 89 pages. In the opinion of the reviewer, they are some of the best ever published with respect to coming right to grips with the message for Christians in a concise focus. Stott is well-organized in elucidating the passage, and he brings key issues out clearly in their application to spiritual living and representing Christ in the world.
Insights on John by Swindoll, Charles R (2010) 376 pages 214 ratings
Logos.com - Insights on John, volume two in the landmark Swindoll's New Testament Insights series, provides a wealth of colorful, detailed, and easy-to-understand insights into the gospel of John. Drawing on his vast experience as a communicator of God's Word, Chuck Swindoll presents his legacy to all who read and love the Bible.
Following Christ ... the man of God : a study of John 6-14 by Swindoll, Charles (2000) 132 pages
The Gospel of John: Believe and Live: Believe and Live (21st Century Biblical Commentary Series) by Towns, Elmer L (2002) 264 pages 47 ratings
Cyril Barber - This book is the fruit of the author's "lifelong love affair with the gospel of John." Through word studies from the Greek text, Towns presents the immense riches to be found in John's unique message. He explains that "John's ultimate purpose is that his readers will believe the record of the life and death of the Son of God and receive eternal life."
The Gospel according to St. John : an introduction and commentary by Tasker, R. V. G. 1 ratings
The Complete Biblical library / Vol. 5 : Part 1, New Testament : Study Bible, John - interesting resource. Includes interlinear and commentary notes.
Believe in Miracles but Trust in Jesus by Rogers, Adrian - This is not a commentary on John but does have chapters dealing with some of Jesus' miracles in John - The Possibility of Miracles, The Problem with Miracles. Water to Wine (John 2), Nobleman's Son Healed (John 4), Healing the Impotent Man (John 5), Feeding the 5000 (John 6), Calming the Storm (John 6), Opening Blind Eyes (John 9), Raising Lazarus (John 11), The Maximum Miracle (John 20:30-31). I will guarantee you that if you are preaching or teaching on any of the preceding chapters in John, you will glean many "pearls" from Dr Rogers' discussion. I give it "6 out of 5 stars!" 42 ratings
Commentary on John by Whitelaw, Thomas
Cyril Barber - Formerly published as the Gospel of St. John. A verse-by-verse exposition with homiletic hints. Seminal. Evangelical.
Be alive (John 1-12): Get to Know the Living Savior by Wiersbe, Warren (1986) 160 pages. 277 ratings
Logos.com - As he studied and wrote this book, Dr. Warren Wiersbe "felt like a man standing on holy ground." For he realized all the more the truth of the statement of the great Greek scholar Dr. A. T. Robertson: The Gospel of John is "the profoundest book in the world." In Be Alive, Dr. Wiersbe presents the basic teachings of the first twelve chapters of John's Gospel and urges readers to approach its truths with the hearts and minds of worshipers. Come to better know the living Savior and... BE ALIVE!
Be Transformed (John 13-21): Christ's Triumph Means Your Transformation by Wiersbe, Warren (1986) 160 pages. 377 ratings
Logos.com - Yes, they became transformed men, those original disciples. In the opening chapters of John's Gospel, you see a group of men who were struggling with their faith and occasionally stumbling. But after Christ's death and resurrection, things changed--because they became transformed by His power and His Word. In completing his study of John's Gospel (see Be Alive for John 1-12). Dr. Warren Wiersbe explains how you can become a transformed person. He answers such important questions as:
- How does the Holy Spirit work in my life?
- What are the secrets of answered prayer?
- Why is Christian fellowship so important?
- How can I overcome the pressures of the world?
"But as many as received Him, to them gave the power to become..." (John 1:12). This is your invitation to personal transformation and triumph!
Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament by Wiersbe, Warren W
Cyril Barber - This is a book of exceptional merit. Pastors, missionaries, and Christian workers will profit from its use. Wiersbe introduces each book of the NT, provides an outline, and then furnishes his readers with a chapter-by-chapter discussion of the contents. The homiletic style is a “plus.” Recommended.
With the Word - Devotional Commentary - Warren Wiersbe - Comments on individual chapters.
The Bible Exposition Commentary by Wiersbe, Warren W - All NT books in one source. Excellent. Or here
Rosscup - One of America’s most appreciated staunchly evangelical Bible conference teachers gives diligent, refreshing expositions. These are all of his 23 separate, earlier books in the “Be” series on the New Testament. He strikes a particular appeal with lay people as he crystallizes sections, deals with some of the verses, handles certain problems and backgrounds and applies principles. He is premillennial.
Windows on the parables by Wiersbe, Warren
Interpreting the parables by Blomberg, Craig
The Gospel of John - William Barclay - Be aware of some questions about his orthodoxy! (critique) While William Barclay often has very insightful Greek word studies, the Berean-like reader (Acts 17:11) needs to be aware that he does hold some very unorthodox beliefs. See on site comments and also see article on The Enigmatic William Barclay"
John by Beasley-Murray, George Raymond, - Word Biblical Commentary - gets about 4/5 stars.
One readers review - Given the comprehensiveness of most volumes in the Word series, one would expect more from this volume. It isn't bad by any stretch, but far less detailed and thorough than I had wanted. I don't see much in this which isn't available from other commentaries on John.
The Gospel of John by Witherington, Ben, III, 13 ratings - Read some of the ratings to get an idea of the nature of this book.
Chronological and Background Charts of the NEW TESTAMENT - Pdf - D Wayne House - outstanding compilation of charts - check this one out!. This book can also be borrowed = Chronological and background charts of the New Testament
Note: The first 4 resources have no time restriction and allow copy and paste function:
(1) KJV Bible Commentary - Hindson, Edward E; Kroll, Woodrow Michael. Over 3000 pages of the entire OT/NT. Well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective. Pre-millennial. User reviews - it generally gets 4/5 stars from users. - 372 ratings
Very well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective user reviews
The King James Version Bible Commentary is a complete verse-by-verse commentary. It is comprehensive in scope, reliable in scholarship, and easy to use. Its authors are leading evangelical theologians who provide practical truths and biblical principles. Any Bible student will gain new insights through this one-volume commentary based on the timeless King James Version of the Bible.
(2) The King James Study Bible Second Edition 2240 pages (2013) (Thomas Nelson) General Editor - Edward Hindson with multiple contributing editors. . 3,194 ratings. Pre-millennial. See introduction on How to Use this Study Bible.
(3) NKJV Study Bible: New King James Version Study Bible (formerly "The Nelson Study Bible - NKJV") by Earl D Radmacher; Ronald Barclay Allen; Wayne H House. 2345 pages. (1997, 2007). Very helpful notes. Conservative. Pre-millennial. 917 ratings
(4) The Wycliffe Bible Commentary - only the New Testament (for OT see below to borrow) - 1126 pages. (1971) Everett F Harrison - Editor of New Testament. Uses the KJV. Strictly speaking not a study Bible, but short notes are similar. KJV text in left column, commentary notes in right column. The comments are generally verse by verse, short, conservative and to the point. Pre-millennial.
Quote from Henry Alford (1810-1871 - not a dispensationalist!) on Revelation 20 - "It will have been long ago anticipated by the readers of this Commentary, that I cannot consent to distort words from their plain sense and chronological place in the prophecy, on account of any considerations of difficulty, or any risk of abuses which the doctrine of the millennium may bring with it. Those who lived next to the Apostles, and the whole Church for 300 years, understood them in the plain literal sense: and it is a strange sight in these days to see expositors who are among the first in reverence of antiquity, complacently casting aside the most cogent instance of consensus which primitive antiquity presents. As regards the text itself, no legitimate treatment of it will extort what is known as the spiritual interpretation now in fashion.”
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery - free for use online with no restrictions (i.e., you do not need to borrow this book). Editors Leland Ryken, J C Wilhoit, Tremper Longman III - This is a potential treasure chest to aid your preaching and teaching as it analyzes the meaning of a host of Biblical figures of speech. Clue - use the "One-page view" which then allows you to copy and paste text. One downside is there is no index, so you need to search 3291 pages for entries which are alphabetical.
Zondervan NIV Study Bible - (2011) 2570 pages - Use this one if available as it has more notes than edition below. One hour limit
NIV Study Bible by Barker, Kenneth L; Burdick, Donald W (1995) 2250 pages. This is the first edition. This resource has been fully revised in 2020. One hour limit
Believer's Bible Commentary - OT and NT - MacDonald, William (1995) 2480 pages. Conservative. Literal. Often has very insightful comments. John MacArthur, says "Concise yet comprehensive - the most complete single-volume commentary I have seen." Warren Wiersbe adds "For the student who is serious about seeing Christ in the Word." One hour limit.
Rosscup - This work, originally issued in 1983, is conservative and premillennial, written to help teachers, preachers and people in every walk of life with different views, explanation and application. The 2-column format runs verse by verse for the most part, usually in a helpfully knowledgeable manner, and there are several special sections such as “Prayer” in Acts and “Legalism” in Galatians. The premillennial view is evident on Acts 1:6, 3:20, Romans 11:26, Galatians 6:16, Revelation 20, etc.
HCSB Study Bible : Holman Christian Standard Bible - General Editor Jeremy Royal Howard (2010) 2360 pages. Conservative. Good notes. Include Holmans excellent maps. One hour limit
Life Application Study Bible: Old Testament and New Testament: New Living Translation. Has some very helpful notes especially with application of texts. 4,445 ratings One hour limit
The MacArthur Study Bible - John MacArthur. Brief but well done notes for conservative, literal perspective. 1,275 ratings
ESV Study Bible - Excellent resource but not always literal in eschatology and the nation of Israel 6,004 ratings
The David Jeremiah Study Bible - (2013) 2208 pages. 2,272 ratings Logos.com - "Drawing on more than 40 years of study, Dr. David Jeremiah has compiled a legacy resource that will make an eternal impact on generations to come. 8,000 study notes. Hundreds of enriching word studies"50+ Essentials of the Christian Faith" articles."
Wycliffe Bible Commentary - Charles Pfeiffer - 1560 pages (1962). 214 ratings Less detailed than the KJV Bible Commentary. Conservative. Notes are generally verse by verse but brief.
Rosscup - Conservative and premillennial scholars here have been experts in their fields. The work contains brief introductions and attempts to give a verse-by-verse exposition, though it does skip over some verses. The treatments vary with the authors, but as a whole it is a fine one-volume commentary for pastors and students to use or give to a layman. Outstanding sections include, for example: Whitcomb on Ezra-Nehemiah-Esther; Culver on Daniel; Ladd on Acts; Harrison on Galatians; Johnson on I Corinthians; and Ryrie on the Johannine Epistles.
The Defender's Study Bible : King James Version by Morris, Henry M. Excellent notes by well known creationist. 45 ratings
New Bible Commentary - (1994) See user reviews
Compact Bible commentary by Radmacher, Earl D; Allen, Ronald Barclay; House, H Wayne, et al - 954 pages. 424 ratings Multiple contributors to the comments which are often verse by verse. The comments are brief but meaty and can really help your study through a given book. A sleeper in my opinion.
The Experiencing God Study Bible: the Bible for knowing and doing the will of God - Blackaby, Henry (1996) 1968 pages - CHECK THIS ONE! Each chapter begins with several questions under the title "PREPARE TO MEET GOD." Then you will interesting symbols before many of the passages. The chapter ends with a "DID YOU NOTICE?" question. This might make a "dry chapter" jump off the page! Read some of the 48 ratings
NLT Study Bible (Illustration Version)
Disciple's Study Bible: New international version 54 ratings Not that helpful for verse by verse study. Focuses on application of Christian doctrines. 10,000 annotations; doctrinal summaries, "Life Helps" section relate doctrine to everyday discipleship.
The Living Insights Study Bible : New International Version - Charles Swindoll. Notes are good but somewhat sparse and not verse by verse.
The Apologetics Study Bible Understand Why You Believe by Norman Geisler
NIV Archaeological Study Bible (2005) 2360 pages 950 ratings (See also Archaeology and the Bible - OT and NT)
"Readers who desire a more intimate knowledge of the historical context of the Bible will appreciate the NIV Archaeological Study Bible. Full of informative articles and full-color photographs of places and objects from biblical times, this Bible examines the archaeological record surrounding God’s Word and brings the biblical world to life. Readers’ personal studies will be enriched as they become more informed about the empires, places, and peoples of the ancient world. Features include: • Four-color interior throughout • Bottom-of-page study notes exploring passages that speak on archaeological and cultural facts • Articles (520) covering five main categories: Archaeological Sites, Cultural and Historical Notes, Ancient Peoples and Lands, the Reliability of the Bible, and Ancient Texts and Artifacts • Approximately 500 4-color photographs interspersed throughout • Detailed book introductions that provide basic, at-a-glance information • Detailed charts on pertinent topics • In-text color maps that assist the reader in placing the action "
NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture Keener, Craig and Walton, John. Editors (2017)
The Holman Illustrated Study Bible 120 ratings Includes the excellent Holman maps but otherwise of little help in serious study.
Zondervan King James Version Commentary - New Testament
NIV Celebrate Recovery Study Bible
Daily Study Bible for Women : New Living Translation
The Woman's Study Bible : the New King James Version
The Study Bible for Women : Holman Christian Standard Bible
Daily Study Bible for Men : New Living Translation
NIV Topical Study Bible : New International Version
Ryrie Study Bible - Charles Ryrie (1978) 2142 pages. Conservative. 216 ratings
Ryrie Study Bible Expanded Edition (1994) 2232 pages
The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible : New American standard study by Strong, James, 1822-1894; Zodhiates, Spiros
The New Inductive Study Bible : updated New American Standard Bible - Introductions of each book give suggestions how to perform an inductive study on that specific book. Not strictly speaking a "study Bible" with notes but a Bible to help you study inductively. Has wide margins for making notes. This is one that works best in "paper," not digitally.
Evangelical Commentary on the Bible - Judges by Andrew Boling (20 pages); editor Walter Elwell (1989) 1239 pages. User reviews. (See also Boling's 380 page commentary on Judges the Anchor Bible Series)
Halley's Bible Handbook Henry H. Halley - (2000) 2720 pages (much larger than original edition in 1965 and no time limit on use). (Halley's Bible handbook : an abbreviated Bible commentary - one hour limit 1965 872 pages)
Rosscup - A much-used older evangelical handbook bringing together a brief commentary on Bible books, some key archaeological findings, historical background, maps, quotes, etc. It is helpful to a lay Bible teacher, Sunday School leader, or pastor looking for quick, pertinent information on a Bible book. This is the 72nd printing somewhat revised. Halley packed in much information. Unger’s is better overall, but that is not to say that Halley’s will not provide much help on basic information.
The Shaw Pocket Bible Handbook - Editor - Walter Elwell (1984) 408 pages.
"This hardback is small in size but packed full of content: Brief summaries of every book of the bible, cultural, archaeological and historical info, word definitions, pictures, maps and charts." Worth checking!
Spurgeon - Alford's Greek Testament “for the use of Theological Students and Ministers,” is an invaluable aid to the critical study of the text of the New Testament.
James Rosscup writes that Alford's series on the New Testament "contains much that is valuable in the Greek New Testament...though all of the Greek New Testament words have been changed to English throughout." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors)
D Edmond Hiebert comments - (Barclay) Prints the author's own translation. A series of popular studies well adapted to the lay reader. Barclay is strongest in his study of word meanings. Contains good illustrative material. (An Introduction to the NT)
See caveats regarding Barclay's theology.
BRUCE BARTON, et al
CHRIS BENFIELD - Studies in Gospel of John
Each study is about 5 pages. These are well done.
BRIAN BILL - SERMONS GOSPEL OF JOHN
- Expository Bible Study Notes for John - 48 messages - click for notes on chapter
- John 6:1-14 "Jesus Miraculously Feeds The Five Thousand"
- John 6:15-27 "Jesus Walks On The Water And Then Calms The Seas And Rescues The Disciples In Their Boat"
- John 6:28-58 "Jesus' Bread Of Life Discourse"
- John 6:59-7:18 "Finishing Up Jesus' Bread Of Life Discourse / Jesus Secretly Goes Up To Jerusalem For The Feast Of Tabernacles"
D Edmond Hiebert review - Greek text. Valuable introduction espouses the conservative view regarding introductory problems. The notes on the Greek text set forth its meaning concisely. (An Introduction to the NT)
Cyril Barber - Plummer, Alfred. The Gospel According to St. John. Published a century ago, this study of the Greek text of John's gospel first appeared in the Cambridge Greek Testament.
- John 6:5-13 When A Little Becomes A Lot
- John 6:22-35 Jesus: The Bread Of Life
- John 6:37-40 The Invitation Of Confidence
- John 6:60-71 Not Everyone Walks Away
- John 6:1-14
- John 6:14-21
- John 6:22-35
- John 6:35-71
- 1995 SERIES
- John 6:1-13
- John 6:14-21
- John 6:22-35
- John 6:36-38
- John 6:39-46
- John 6:47-63
- John 6:64-71
- 31: How Christ Meets Needs (John 6:1-15)
- 32: Growing to Know the Lord for Who He Is (John 6:14-21)
- 33: Seeking Jesus Rightly (John 6:22-36)
- 34: The Certain Success of Jesus’ Mission (John 6:35-40)
- 35: A Lesson in Witnessing to Skeptics (John 6:41-47)
- 36: What Are You Eating? (John 6:48-59)
- 37: The Antidote to Spiritual Defection, Part 1 (John 6:60-71)
- 38: The Antidote to Spiritual Defection, Part 2 (John 6:60-71)
COLLEGE PRESS - PAUL BUTLER - Gospel of John
NOTE: This is potentially a useful resource but be aware it is from the perspective of Church of Christ. Be a Berean - Acts 17:11+.
- John 6:47-58 THE STRANGEST PARADE
- John 6:47-58 LIFE IN OUR LORD
- John 6:9 CHRIST’S CALL TO THE CHILD
- John 6:24-60 HIS FLESH AND BLOOD
- John 6:53 THE LORD’S SUPPER
- John 6:66-69 THE TRUTH OF THE FAITH
- John 6:35 JESUS: THE BREAD OF LIFE
- John 6:37 THE EFFECTIVE CALL OF GOD
- John 6:31-50 OUR LORD AS BREAD
- John 6:61-69 THE GREAT DESERTION
- John 6:66-68 THE TRUTH OF THE FAITH
- Gospel of John - 41 Messages - click for sermon notes on chapter
J LIGON DUNCAN - sermon transcripts - also Derek Thomas, David Strain
- John 6:1-15 What Difference Does a Few Thousand Make?
- John 6:15-25 Treading Water
- John 6:16-21 The End of Fear
- John 6:24-40; 60-69 The Bread of Life
- John 6:25-72 "Questions and Grumbles
JUSTIN EDWARDS - Family Bible NT
DON FORTNER - sermon transcripts on the Gospel of John
- Sermons on John - 98 files - click for notes on chapter
- Sermons on John 132 files - click for notes on chapter
Rosscup - A good scholar is at his best here. He is exhaustive and excellent, though this work is old. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors)
D Edmond Hiebert - An older commentary by a noted conservative French scholar of the past century. Still outstanding as an evangelical interpretation of the fourth gospel, even if unaware of recent critical trends. (An Introduction to the NT)
- Commentary on John - Volume 1 - John 1 - massive introduction (328 pages)
- Commentary on John - Volume 2 - John 2-10
GOTQUESTIONS - Related to the Gospel of John
- John 6 What can we learn from Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000?
- John 6:16-21 What was the meaning of Jesus walking on water?
- John 6:35 What did Jesus mean when He said, “I am the Bread of Life”?
JAMES GUNN - 61 expositions - click below for section under which are multiple individual expositions
SCOTT HARRIS - Grace Bible Church - sermon transcripts on Gospel of John
- John 6:1-15 Little is Much With God
- John 6:15-21 The Man Who Could Walk on Water
- John 6:22-40 Doing the Work of God
- John 6:41-71 Responding to Difficult Words
- John: Life, Love and Light: Gospel and Epistle of John
- Life, Love and Light - Gospel and Epistle of John - 1929
E W HENGSTENBERG
Rosscup - This work, recently reprinted, has much judicious material tying the thought to Old Testament background theology. At times it is very provocative (cf. on Jn. 1:15, 30, “He is preferred before me,” italics mine). Hengstenberg is one of the towering older names, well-known for Christology of the Old Testament, for example. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors)
Cyril Barber - Rich in grammatical and syntactical insights, this reverent and devout work ably treats the life and labors of Christ as recorded in John's gospel. A rewarding work that will handsomely repay the time spent reading it.
- Commentary on the Gospel of John Volume 1 (John 1-8)
DAVID HOLWICK over 75 sermon transcripts - frequent illustrations
- John 6:27-29 Laboring Day
- John 6:48-58 Spiritual Cannibalism
- John 6:51-58 Feeding On Jesus
- John 6:53-69 The Apostates - They Turned Away
D Edmond Hiebert review - Greek text. A full verse-by-verse exposition of John by an accomplished conservative Baptist scholar of the past century. Still valuable for its unfolding of the meaning of the text.(An Introduction to the NT)
D Edmond Hiebert review - Greek text. A 180-page introduction, in which the author rejects the traditional view of authorship, deals fully with the critical problems. The commentary is based on the author's rearrangement of the text of the gospel. Valuable for the discerning advanced student. (An Introduction to the NT)
Rosscup - Bernard, J. A. Gospel According to St. John (International Critical Commentary). Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1928. A liberal work, now outdated as to literature but long held in high esteem on critical and exegetical matters.
- Jesus, the Life-Giver and Judge, Is Revealed as the Bread of Life (6:1-59)
- Jesus Demonstrates His Authority in Two Nature Miracles (6:1-24)
- Jesus Reveals Himself to Be the Bread of Life (6:25-59)
- Jesus Experiences Rejection by His Disciples (6:60-71)
- John 6:1-14 The Feeding of the 15,000
- John 6:15-21 The Walking on the Water
- John 6:22-33 Working the Works of God
- John 6:34-40 The Bread of Life
- John 6:41-51 Human Inability and Divine Ability
- John 6:52-71 To Whom Shall We Go?
HAMPTON KEATHLEY IV
D Edmond Hiebert review - The material in this volume of 650 two-column pages is divided into four parts under each section of the gospel: textual and grammatical; exegetical and critical; doctrinal and ethical; homiletical and practical. While much of the material is dated, it contains an abundance of riches for those willing to dig into its contents. (An Introduction to the NT)
DAVID LEGGE - sermons on the Gospel of John
- The MacArthur Study Bible - Borrow
- John 6 The Pathology of False Disciples, Part 1
- John 6 The Pathology of False Disciples, Part 2
- John 6 The Pathology of False Disciples, Part 3
- John 6:1-15 Jesus Feeds the Multitudes
- John 6:1-34 Characteristics of Spiritual Defection
- John 6:16-21 True and False Disciples, Part 1
- John 6:22-27 True and False Disciples, Part 2
- John 6:28-34 True and False Disciples, Part 3
- John 6:32-59 I Am the Bread of Life
- John 6:51-58 Bread from Heaven
- John 6:66-71 Characteristics of Spiritual Defection, Part 1
- John 6:35-71 Characteristics of Spiritual Defection, Part 2
- John 6:28-34 True and False Disciple, Part 3
- John 6:37 (et al) Common Questions About Lordship
- John 6:44 No One Comes to Christ…Unless
- John 6:51-58 Bread from Heaven
- John 6:53-56 Are We Called to Literally Eat Christ’s Flesh and Drink His Blood?
- John 6:66-71 Divine Sorrow over Spiritual Defection
JOHN MACARTHUR'S QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
- John 6:11 Why Did Jesus Give Thanks?
- John 6 Jesus and Social Ministry
- John 6 No One Comes to Christ…Unless
- John 6 The Hard Sayings of Jesus
HENRY MAHAN - Sermon transcripts on John - distinct from commentary in next section
- John 6:28-29 What Can a Sinner Do
- John 6:37 A Divine Call and a Willing Response
- John 6:37 High Doctrine and Good Hope
- John 6:37-40 He That Cometh to Me
- John 6:37-40 The Will of God
- John 6:37-45 What Is It to Come to Christ
- John 6:39-44 I Will Raise Him Up
- John 6:4 Seeing and Belieivng
- John 6:44-45 Taught of God
- John 6:44-48 Coming to Christ
- John 6:66-69 True Believers Never Quit
MASTER'S BIBLE CHURCH - In depth (eg, 20 pages on Jn 7:37-39!) -
- John 6:8-11 Feeding Five Thousand, Part 1
- John 6:12-15 Feeding Five Thousand, Part 2
- John 6:15-21 On a Dark, Wind-tossed Sea
- John 6:22-29 Seeking and Finding Eternal Life
- John 6:30-35 The Bread of Life
- John 6:36-40 The Father's Gift to His Son
- John 6:41-44 Drawn to Jesus
- John 6:59-65 Disciples Who Don't Believe
James Rosscup - A well-organized, suggestively rich lighter, devotional commentary by the famous preacher and writer of a well-known series on Bible characters (Abraham, Moses, Elijah, etc.) and several other insightful devotional books. Here is a commentary by a bright light that can refresh personally, stimulate messages and help illustrate them.
- John 6:37 The Father's Gift to the Son
- John 6:57 The Bread Which Gives and Sustains Life
- John 6:68 The Words of Jesus
JOHN R MILLER - Devotional Hours with the Bible
- John 6
- John 6:1-14 'Where's The Piccolo?'
- John 6:1-14 More Than Enough
- John 6:5-14 A Boy's Lunch
- John 6:12 Broken Loaves Broken Lives
- John 6:15-21 A Bad Dream
- John 6:16-21 What Do You Fear?
- John 6:20 What Do You Fear?
- John 6:22-34 Baking with Jess
- John 6:25-33 Doing the Work of God
- John 6:25-35 Signs Are Not Enough
- John 6:25-35 Life Without Bread
- John 6:30-40 What It Means to Believe
- John 6:30-40 Come to Me
- John 6:32-40 Amazing Love
- John 6:34–51 Bread!
- John 6:35 The Bread Of Life
- John 6:35 A Boy’s Lunch
- John 6:35 Our Basic Need
- John 6:35 Social Stomachs
- John 6:39-54 Our Living Hope
- John 6:47 What It Means To Believe
- John 6:44-48 Jesus' Difficult Words
- John 6:48 Cotton Candy
- John 6:60-71 Words of LIfe
- John 6:51 Eat This Bread
- John 6:53-69 Running in the Right Direction
- John 6:53-71 Small is Beautiful
- John 6:53–69 Beyond Time
- John 6:60-71 Words of Life
- John 6:68 What Are Our Options?
- John 6:68 Running In The Right Direction
- John 6:69 Failure Is Not Fatal
PASTOR LIFE - sermons
|The Life of Discipleship - The Andrew Model - Bringing a Boy||John 6 :1-13||Discipleship||David E. Owen|
|The Feeding of the 5,000||John 6 :1-14||Miracles of Jesus; Feeding 5,000; Jesus, Power of||David E. Owen|
|When The Pressure Is On||John 6 :1-14||Pressure; Testing; Faith; Focus||James Merritt|
|Jesus Walking on the Water||John 6 :15-21||Miracles of Jesus; Faith; Jesus, Power of||David E. Owen|
|Encouraging Frail Faith||John 6 :16-21||Faith||Mark Adams|
|Life Imparted Through Jesus||John 6 :51-59||Lord's Supper; Communion; Life in Jesus||Johnny Hunt|
|He Must Be Up To Something!||John 6 :6||Trust; Faith; Prayer; Patience||Sammy Burgess|
|Fringe Benefit Followers||John 6 :63-66||Following Jesus||Donnie L. Martin|
REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE
- John 6
- John 6:1–4
- John 6:1
- John 6:2
- John 6:3
- John 6:5–15
- John 6:5
- John 6:7
- John 6:10
- John 6:14
- John 6:15
- John 6:16–21
- John 6:21
- John 6:26
- John 6:27
- John 6:31
- John 6:32
- John 6:33
- John 6:34
- John 6:35
- John 6:37
- John 6:38
- John 6:39
- John 6:41
- John 6:44
- John 6:45
- John 6:51–58
- John 6:51
- John 6:53
- John 6:60
- John 6:61, 64, 70
- John 6:62
- John 6:63
- John 6:65
- John 6:66–71
- John 6:67
- 20. Christ Feeding the Multitude (John 6:1-13)
- 21. Christ Walking in the Sea (John 6:14-27)
- 22. Christ the Bread of Life (John 6:28-40)
- 23. Christ in the Capernaum Synagogue (John 6:41-59)
- 24. Christ and His Disciples (John 6:60-71)
- John 6:1-15 The All-Providing King Who Would Not Be King
- John 6:16-29 Twelve Baskets of Bread and the Walk on Water
- John 6:22-29 Do Not Labor for the Food That Perishes
- John 6:27 Do Not Labor for Food Which Perishes
- John 6:27-40 Behold, Believe, Be Raised
- John 6:22-29 Do Not Labor for the Food Which Perishes
- John 6:41-51 Skeptical Grumbling and Sovereign Grace
- John 6:41-51 They Will All Be Taught of God
- John 6:52-71 It Is the Spirit That Gives Life
- John 6:60-71 You Have the Words of Eternal Life
POPULAR COMMENTARY ON THE NEW TESTAMENT - Gospel of John authored by William Milligan and William Moulton
PREACHER'S OUTLINE AND SERMON BIBLE
- The Feeding of the 5,000 John 6:1-15
- Christ Walking Across the Waves John 6:16-24
- What is Faith? John 6:25-40
- A Southern Aphorism John 6:35-51
- The Scandal of our Faith John 6:52-59
- The Aroma of Life and Death John 6:60-71
NOTE: The link below is just to the first verse of the chapter (e.g., John 1:1). In the top right corner of the page you will find a link to go to the next verse by verse comment. There are literally hundreds of comments - e.g., there are 4 separate studies on John 1:1 - John 1:1 John 1:1b John 1:1c John 1:1d, then you can go to John 1:2, John 1:3, John 1:4, John 1:5, etc, etc. Read Introduction to John
- John 6:1-15 Meals and Miracles
- John 6:1-21 God in the Storms
- John 6:35 I Am The Bread of Life
- John 6:22-45 The Real Manna
- John 6:51-58 Say What?
- John 6:41-71 Maneuvering Through Misconceptions
- John 6:66-69 The Words of Eternal Life
NOTE: There are literally 1000's of sermons but the quality varies so please exercise a Berean mindset (Acts 17:11+). Here is an example of a Pdf on John 4. The Pdfs often give some useful teaching and preaching ideas/insights.
The following topics are discussed on Handfuls of Purpose (click)
- CHRIST AND THE HUNGRY MULTITUDE. John 6:1-14.
- JESUS IN THE SHIP; Or, INSTANT SALVATION. John 6:16-21.
- THE IMPERISHABLE MEAT. John 6:26-29.
- THE TRUE BREAD. John 6:30-40.
RUSSELL SMITH - sermons
- John 6:1-15 Thanksgiving and Abundance
- John 6:16-25 Everybody Has a Hungry Heart
- John 6:26-35 The Bread of Life, Part 1
- John 6:26-35 The Bread of Life, Part 2
- John 6:60-70 Deserters and True Believers
- John 6:6 Jesus Knew What He Would Do
- John 6:11: The Lad's Loaves in the Lord's Hands
- John 6:17 Night—And Jesus Not There!
- John 6:24 Seeking for Jesus
- John 6:29 A Plain Answer to An Important Enquiry
- John 6:35 Soul-Satisfying Bread
- John 6:37 All Comers to Christ Welcomed
- John 6:37 The Big Gates Wide Open
- John 6:37 The Certainty and Freeness of Divine Grace
- John 6:37 Or, Come and Welcome
- John 6:37 High Doctrine and Broad Doctrine
- John 6:37 The Last Message for the Year
- John 6:39, 40 The Father’s Will
- John 6:37: The Sum and Substance of all Theology
- John 6:44: Human Inability
- John 6:44, 45 The Drawings of Divine Love
- John 6:45 Choice Teaching for the Chosen
- John 6:47, 48 Feeding on the Bread of Life
- John 6:48 The Best Bread
- John 6:53-56 Truly Eating the Flesh of Jesus
- John 6:55 The Meat and Drink of the New Nature
- John 6:55 Meat Indeed, and Drink Indeed
- John 6:55 The Soul's Food and Drink
- John 6:63 A Blow for Puseyism
- John 6:63 Spiritual Religion
- John 6:64 The Search Warrant
- John 6:66-69 A Home Question and a Right Answer
- John 6:67 Absconding and Apostasy
- John 6:67 A Mournful Defection
- John 6:67, 68 Clinging to Christ
SPURGEON'S SERMON NOTES
CLAUDE STAUFFER - Verse by verse studies
- John 6:1-15 The Testing of Faith
- John 6:16-21 The New Resource
- John 6:22-40 What Are you Working For?
- John 6:41-59 Life With God
- John 6:60-71 To Whom Shall We Go?
- John 6:1-15. Feeding Five Thousand
- John 6:1-4 Message To the People
- John 6:5-13 Principles for Prayer
- John 6:15-40 When Miracles Aren't Enough
- John 6:41-58 Jesus Speaks to Jews
- John 6:55-71 Importance of Decisions
- Jesus' Kingdom Ministry: Galilee - John 6:1-71
- Jesus: Feeding of the Five Thousand - John 6:1-15
- Jesus: Walking on the Sea - John 6:16-24
- Jesus: The Bread of Life - John 6:25-71
- The Bread of Life - John 6:25-59
- Definite Atonement: For Whom Did Jesus Die?
- Effectual Calling and Conversion: Can I Resist the Holy Spirit?
- Hard Teaching - John 6:60-65
- Disciple Desertion - John 6:66-71
DAVID THOMPSON - Sermons
JOHN TRAPP - commentary
VALLEY BIBLE CHURCH - sermon transcripts on the Gospel of John
INSTRUCTIONS - There are 182 sermons on John. The church changed their links so now the best way to retrieve the Transcript in Pdf is by clicking on the INDEX PAGE FOR SERMONS ON JOHN. Then hunt for the chapter and verse you desire. When you find the text in which you are interested, select "DOWNLOADS" and then select TRANSCRIPT (average about 5 pages - Here is an example from sermon #169 "The Word Incarnate - Part 3" John 1:14)
B F WESTCOTT
D Edmond Hiebert review - One of the classical commentaries on John. Still richly rewarding in spite of its age. An admirable presentation of the conservative position. (An Introduction to the NT)
- Commentary on the Gospel of John or see another source archived by chapter below.
- Introduction to John (almost 100 pages) John 4
SERMONS BY VERSE - Older expositions and sermons