Best Gospel of John commentary as textbook for seminary course?

Next summer (2011), I am teaching exegesis of  the Gospel of John for Asbury Theological Seminary and I will require students to work through a commentary (as one of a few textbooks).  I am undecided, as I want something extensive, but engages well in theology and ethics (and not just historical and philological details). I welcome you to participate in my poll (below) keeping in mind this is for seminary students (primarily training for ministry) [i.e. longer and more complex is not necessarily better].

When you make your choice in the poll, if your opinion is strong, I would appreciate if you give your reasons for your choice (or against the other options) in the comments. If you think there is a better one out there that is not on the list, do share with a comment. Thanks for your votes!

Come Study Philippians in Greek with me in Seattle this fall!

I would like any interested reader who lives in the Seattle area to consider coming to study Philippians (in Greek!) with me this fall at Seattle Pacific University on Tuesday nights from 6pm-8:35pm.  I am teaching this course in the graduate school of theology.

Part of the class will involve serious engagement in the Greek text- discussion of translation (syntax, textual criticism, some morphological issues), but I want to have ample time to dive into historical, social, theological, and ethical issues.

I am currently leaning towards assigning Bockmuehl’s BNTC commentary, which is universally praised for being concise, rich in wisdom, and attentive to all the exegetical problems. If a student has already read this commentary, I would allow a substitution like Morna Hooker’s commentary or perhaps equivalent pages in Fee.

In terms of theology and ethics, we will also be working through a very important book by Michael Gorman called Cruciformity which shaped my own thinking about Paul in many ways.

We will utilize a number of articles in the course by Stephen Fowl, Ross Wagner, Morna Hooker, N.T. Wright and others.  Students will also read two of my own articles – one on Chapter1 and one on Chapter 2.

I am working on a couple of book projects involving Philippians and I will be testing out some of those materials on my students. There will be ample opportunities to give me helpful feedback that can make these resources more useful.

So, please consider joining me in this course. If you have any questions about the course, feel free to write a comment.

Details: THEO 6210 Scri in Org Lang-Grk: Phili/Phi

“This course will include an in-depth exegetical treatment of the text, focusing on linguistic analysis of the Greek text. Attention will be given to historical, literary, and theological questions, as well as selected issues in the history of interpretation.”