In this volume, Andres Lincoln's introduction is a series of crystal clear essays giving balanced approachesto key Johannine issues. For example, he gives a lucid analysis of the place of Jesus in the narrative of this ancient biography; he brings common sense and clarity to the issue of authorship and the identify of the Beloved disciple; there is a penetrating analysis of the Christology of the Fourth Gospel that touches on much that is theologically significant in the gospel. Also, Lincoln deals forthrightly and sensitively with the Gospel's frequent apparent hostility to the Jews. Readers along the whole theological spectrum will benefit from themasterly and realistic discussion of historicity and truth. Relying on his own translation the commentary focuses on the theological dimension of the final author's message to the particular first-century CE readers. However, never far from view are the historical and social factors that are important in any adequate explanation of this text. Also, the commentary bears the fruit of having been written over a time in which Lincoln came to be persuaded that John knew the synoptics. Slightly Imperfect.