is out in the NICNT series. It was done by J. Ramsey Michaels. It is MASSIVE – at 1122 pages!! There are few if any short well done commentaries on the Fourth Gospel – there is just too much there to overlook! lol! and for Ramsey, his work was 17 years in the making and from 50 years of teaching on the book! Whoa.
You can download an excerpt of the book here, which in part shares the following:
The story to be told in this Gospel begins with the words, “A man came, sent from God. John was his name” (1:6). This means that the five preceding verses must be taken as a kind of preface or preamble, in keeping with the principle stated by John himself that “The One coming after me . . . was before me” (v. 15; see also v. 30). This will be new to generations of readers who are accustomed to setting the first eighteen verses of the Gospel apart as “The Prologue.” In identifying the first five verses of John as “preamble,” rather than the first eighteen as “prologue,” we are breaking with tradition, and within these five verses we break with tradition again by accenting “the light” rather than “the Word” as their major theme. John’s Gospel is classically remembered as a Gospel of theWord (ho logos), and its christology as a “Logos” christology to be placed alongside other New Testament christologies. But the significance of “Word,” or Logos, as a title for Jesus, real as it is, must be kept in perspective. It appears only four times in the Gospel, three times in the very first verse, once in verse 14, and never again in the rest of John. “Light,” on the other hand, is a dominant image through at least the first half of the Gospel. The preamble begins with “the Word” (v. 1) and finishes on a triumphant note with “the light” (v. 5), giving away at the outset the ending of the story, and succinctly describing the world as the Gospel writer perceives it: “And the light is shining in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it.” The Gospel of John is about revelation; the text begins with audible revelation (“Word”), moving on to visible revelation (“light”), and thence back and forth between the two (embodied in Jesus’ signs and discourses) as the story unfolds.
— from “Preamble: The Light (1:1-5)”
This could be really interesting reading! Though pretty pricey – I think it might be worth it given how bloggers tend to evaluate the price of books by the number of pages and at 11oo pages, it might be worth the purchase and would sit nicely next to Keener’s two volume set on John!
HT: Jim West
(UPDATE): see part 1 of an interview with the author here.