The Gospel of St. John
InterVarsity Press is proud to present The Lightfoot Legacy, a three-volume set of previously unpublished material from J. B. Lightfoot, one of the great biblical scholars of the modern era. In the spring of 2013, Ben Witherington III discovered hundreds of pages of biblical commentary by Lightfoot in the Durham Cathedral Library. While incomplete, these commentaries represent a goldmine for historians and biblical scholars, as well as for the many people who have found Lightfoot's work both informative and edifying, deeply learned and pastorally sensitive.
In addition to the material on the Acts of the Apostles, published in volume one, there were detailed notes on the Fourth Gospel, a text that Lightfoot loved and lectured on frequently. These pages contain his commentary notes for John 1-12. Lightfoot had long wanted to write a commentary on the Gospel of John, but he was unable to do so due to more pressing demands on his time, as well as his respect for his colleague B. F. Westcott. As a result, though he continued to compile notes on the text, they never saw the light of day until now. Included alongside the commentary are Lightfoot?s long out-of-print essays on the historical reliability of the Fourth Gospel.
Now on display for all to see, these commentary volumes reveal a scholar well ahead of his time, one of the great minds of his or any generation.
"Here is the second of IVP's planned releases of recently-discovered commentaries by famous scholar J. B. Lightfoot. . . . Though many of Lightfoot's commentaries have been popular for over a century, these releases cover commentaries on parts of the Bible that he did pursue publishing because dear friends wrote on those same books of the Bible. Now with this publishing event, his work was not in vain. . . . We have here both an interesting, historical commentary and something of a collector's item. You will want to check it out."
"The Gospel of St. John: A Newly Discovered Commentary is an exciting window into the mind of one of the most brilliant biblical commentators of the past two centuries. Readers of all backgrounds and interests will benefit greatly from the wisdom and judicious historical and exegetical care of J. B. Lightfoot. This was true for his previously published work, and evidently, it remains true for these newly discovered ones as well. This is an important publication that I would not want to be without, and thus it comes highly recommended."
"Though Lightfoot was dealing with an older incredulity and skepticism, nevertheless his observations and evaluations are helpful as we face similar suspicions and cynicisms. And his commentary shows the value of thoughtfully reading passages from the original languages. This would make a great addition to the library of your favorite seminarian or pastor. I heartily recommend the volume for more than just its historical value."
Editors' Introduction: J.B. Lightfoot as Biblical Commentator
Introduction: External and Internal Evidences of the Authenticity and Genuiness of the Fourth Gospel
The Commentary on John
Appendix A: External Evidence for the Authenticity of the Fourth Gospel
Appendix B: More Internal Evidence for the Authenticity and Genuineness of St John?s Gospel
Appendix C: Lightfoot and German Scholarship on John?s Gospel (by Martin Hengel)