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The importance of the study of the Gospel of John and its enormous impact on theology compelled Godet to write this lengthy and detailed commentary. Given its clear distinction from the Synoptic Gospels, John’s Gospel became an easy target for historical criticism and modernist theology—making Godet’s defense of its divine inspiration all the more urgent. This volume contains an introduction to the authorship issue, the history of Johannine authenticity, the dating of composition, and a broad survey of all exegetical, interpretive, and historical material on the Gospel of John. This volume concludes with a detailed exposition of the first chapter of John.
Godet, in all his commentaries, shows a scholarly breadth of familiarity with the commentators who preceded him. Many of their interpretations are stated and refuted in order to present that which the author feels is the correct interpretation of the passage. One can in reading this work avail himself of a clear summary of the views of many various writers. The author was respected as a theologian, hence his work has depth, and was revered as a Greek scholar and exegete, and thus his work has accuracy.
[Frédéric Louis Godet] has many qualifications for his work. One of the most needful exists in an eminent degree—a hearty sympathy with the book he is expounding. He does not approach it from the outside, but the inside, having a heartfelt experience of the power of the blessedness of its truths.
—Talbot W. Chambers