best commentary on John 15?

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Josh Hunt | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Nov 23 2020 7:41 AM

I'll be preaching on John 15 this week. What commentaries do I need to read?

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Ryan | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 23 2020 10:22 AM

Hey Josh, 

I'm sure if you ask this question to 100 people you'll get 500 different recommendations Wink, so I will only speak for myself. For the Book of John, I would consult my usual go to commentaries like NIC and ZECNT, but two that I absolutely would make sure to look at for the Book of John are:

The Gospel According to John by DA Carson (Pillar New Testament Commentary)

The Gospel of John: A Commentary, Volumes 1& 2 by Craig Keener

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 23 2020 11:47 AM

The commentary I've used the most on John is Colin Kruse's Tyndale volume (but I haven't done much recently in John). As to John 15, specifically, my memory is not that good. ;)

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Greg Corbin | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 23 2020 12:27 PM

I have found the following commentaries extremely good when preaching from John....

Already mentioned, but D.A. Carson in Pillar New Testament Commentary

William Hendricksen's volume in the New Testament Commentary

Gerald Bochert's two volumes on John in The New American Commentary

George Beasely-Murray in The Word Biblical Commentary

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Phil Tuften | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 23 2020 8:36 PM

My go to:

Leon Morris NICNT; or D  A Carson Pillar

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Sascha John | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 23 2020 9:07 PM

Commentaries are the last Place to go for a Preacher...after your Message is ready Wink

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mab | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 23 2020 10:32 PM

Read the chapter about 15 times then use some of the excellent commentaries recommended here. I am assuming you've read through John entirely as well. 

I've bought way more commentaries in Logos than I need, but if I haven't read through the passage and the whole book multiple times, no matter how insightful the commentaries are I am not prepared. 

The mind of man is the mill of God, not to grind chaff, but wheat. Thomas Manton | Study hard, for the well is deep, and our brains are shallow. Richard Baxter

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mab | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 23 2020 10:40 PM

Sascha John:
Commentaries are the last Place to go for a Preacher

I couldn't agree more.

The mind of man is the mill of God, not to grind chaff, but wheat. Thomas Manton | Study hard, for the well is deep, and our brains are shallow. Richard Baxter

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Sascha John | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Nov 24 2020 1:48 AM

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Daniel Bender | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Nov 24 2020 4:54 AM

Josh Hunt:

I'll be preaching on John 15 this week. What commentaries do I need to read?

Besides Carson's commentary on John, I have found his shorter work to be quite helpful: https://www.logos.com/product/30960/the-farewell-discourse-and-final-prayer-of-jesus-an-exposition-of-john-14-17

Grace and Peace

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Mark | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Nov 24 2020 5:42 AM

An excellent commentary on John 13-17 by Dr David Gooding, "In the school of Christ" is available in Logos. 

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Nov 24 2020 8:52 AM

Whenever I am looking for the right commentary, I consult the Denver Bibliographies that can be found in a Personal Book here with links.

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