Shelf Life Book Review: John (Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament

Ben Espinoza

John (Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament)
B&H Academic, 2016

Murray J. Harris' commentary on John is part of the new Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament. While there is an overabundance of John commentaries on the market, Harris' contribution is fresh and exciting, as it exposes readers to the nuances of the original Greek.

Harris introduces each passage by presenting key themes and summarizing highlights. He then exegetes each verse carefully, analyzing the meaning of the Greek text while focusing on main themes. At the end of his exegesis, he suggests study resources and potential sermon outlines.

Readers do not need a background in Greek to appreciate Harris' work. He actively translates for readers, while pointing out the contours and functions of the language. This aspect will be appealing to those learning Greek or those who need a refresher.

Harris is very thorough in his examination of the text. This commentary is different from most on the market, as it is more analytical than interpretive in some respects. Such an approach will be especiallly helpful to students writing research papers.

This review also appears in the September–October '16 issue of Bible Study Magazine.