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December 14, 2015



just ordered this



Thanks for a review.

You have compared this commentary to O'Day's. But tell me, do you think its better than O'Day's NIB commentary or compliments it? What do you think it adds to O'Day's.

I rank O'Day's NIB volume highly.

Jim Gordon

Hello Chita - O'Day and Thompson are two of the best commentaries available in my view. They do different things and together provide fresh perspectives, careful scholarship, and both writers are writing for the church as well as the scholarly community. Thompson has more critical weight and engagement with more recent scholarship; O'Day had more space for making connections between the Johannine world and our contemporary world. I use them both and rank both highly.


Thanks Jim (sorry I addressed as Graeme),

Have you used Brodie's commentary? I think it is fresh and insightful as well.

I have used O'Day and Brodie side by side for some time now and have found them extremely insightful. In my view Brown has not been surpassed for breath of coverage even by Keener. Because I have used several (about 15) commentaries and found them not as useful, I am very cautious in buying commentaries on John.

Thank you for responding.

Jim Gordon

Raymond Brown has been a cornerstone in my library for more than 40 years. Brodie I have used only occasionally from the University library. And I still greatly value Barett, which I worked through as an undergraduate. After these, there are still riches out there!


Thanks Jim.

You have been of great help. Got Thompson's and was able to use it briefly for research: it's great!

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