The Prologue of John


The Prologue of the Gospel of John has been somewhat entitled a summary introduction. There is some helpfulness with this view in understanding the content that later transpires. At the same time, some unhelpful results can come about if this view is taken too far. Determining the overall weight between its unhelpfulness and helpfulness seems to lean further to the latter, yet perhaps the view that it is an ‘excellent introduction’ is still a more productive alternative.

Scroll down to the end for a link to the rest of the essay on the topic

The full question:

How helpful is it to read the Prologue of John’s Gospel as a summary introduction to the rest of the Gospel?


These books are ordered from the most useful to the least used resource in my research. There are a few journal articles and websites at times as well. (scroll down to the end for my essay on the topic)

‘Prologue of the Gospel of John: John 1:1-18’ Review & Expositor 62/4 (pp. 429-439) – Brown, Raymond

The Gospel According to John – Carson, D. A.

‘The Johannine Prologue – a Microcosm of the Gospel’ RTR 56/3 (pp. 105-117)

Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels: ‘Gospel of John’ – Thompson, M. M.

John – Köstenberger, Andreas J.

The Gospel According to John – Morris, Leon

Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey – Elwell & Yarbrough

John – Harris, Murray J.

The Gospel of John – Michaels, J. Ramsey

A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament – Metzger, Bruce M.

John: An Introduction and Commentary – Kruse, Colin G.

A Survey of the New Testament – Gundry, Robert H.

John – Burge, Gary M.

The Gospel According to John: A Theological Commentary – Ridderbos, Herman N.

The Gospel According to St. John: An Introduction with Commentary and Notes on the Greek Text – Barrett, C. K.

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