Most of these books are all available in the SE Michigan area through Our Lady of Grace Bookstore in Domino’s Farms (Lobby B). The proprietor, Connie Zander, can be reached at (734) 930-3747 or at Just because I recommend a book by a Protestant author, does not imply I agree with everything in the book, only that I have found it helpful for background material, over-all outlines, insights, etc.

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Recommendations for Materials for Bible Study on the Gospel of St. John

My book St. John’s Gospel: A Bible Study Guide and Commentary has a 13-page bibliography for the study of John’s Gospel.

For General Biblical Studies and Commentaries see my Web Page entitled Books, General Bible Study

The Divine Presence of Jesus: Meditation and Commentary on the Gospel of John
By Alfred McBride

The Navarre Bible: St. John (Commentary from the Fathers and Church Documents)
By the Faculty of Theology at the Catholic University of Navarre

Early Christian Worship (excellent, sacramental nature of John’s Gospel)
By Oscar Cullman

Catena Aurea (Verse by verse quotations from the Fathers compiled by Thomas Aquinas)
By St. Thomas Aquinas (Preserving Christian Publications, Albany, NY NY)

The Gospel of John
By F. F. Bruce (Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, MI)

The Gospel According to John I-XII and The Gospel According to John XIII-XXI
By Raymond Brown (Anchor Bible, Doubleday, Garden City, NY)

The Gospel of John: A Reading
By Stanley B. Marrow, S.J. (Paulist Press)

Word Biblical Commentary: John
By George Beasley-Murray (Word Books, Waco, TX)

The Gospel of John in Two Volumes
By William Barclay (Westminster Press, Philadelphia, Penn)

The Genius of John: A Composition-Critical Commentary on the Fourth Gospel
By Peter Ellis (Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN)

Life of Christ
By Fulton Sheen (Image Books, Doubleday)

The Life of Christ (Excellent)
By Giuseppe Ricciotti

The Passion of Jesus in the Gospel of John
By Donald Senior, C.P. (Order of St. Benedict, Collegeville, MN)

Moses in the Fourth Gospel
By T. F. Glasson (Alec R. Allenson, Inc.)

The Gospel According to John (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries)
By R. V. G. Tasker (Wm. B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, MI)

A New Testament Commentary for English Readers: The Gospels
By Ronald Knox (Burnes & Oates)

The Gospel According to John
By D. A. Carson (Eerdmans)

The Interpretation of the Fourth Gospel
By C. H. Dodd (Cambridge University Press)

Homilies on the Gospel of St. John by St. Augustine, St. Chrysostom, and other early Fathers are a must and can be found in sets of books on the Fathers in libraries and on the Internet.


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  1. Mr. Ray – I greatly enjoyed your book "Upon This Rock" and in particular, the Protestant perspectives gave me greater insight into that line of reasoning. To that end, many of the authors you have cited are unknown to me, and it would be of great benefit to know who those authors are, so the reader may better understand the significance of that author's perspective. Thus when you quote, for example, someone named "RVG Tasker," or "Michael M. Winter," the reader is off to the internet to figure out who that person is. Even a simple revision (such as occurs in several places) "…according to the Protestant scholar Winter…" would be helpful.

    Thank you for your hard work, and for sharing your perspectives.

    God bless.

    STEVE RAY HERE: Caoimhin, thanks for your kind words and glad my book Upon this Rock has been helpful. It was a great pleasure to write. About elaborating more about the authors and sources, two things: 1) I was already in trouble with the publisher for how long the book was, and 2) I do add some info on authors like “Protestant author so and so says,…” If I were to add biographical information about each of the authors it would have bogged down an already heavily footnoted book. I think you are doing the correct thing by looking them up on the internet, especially at

    Many of the authors I quote are Catholic, but many are also Eastern Orthodox and various stripes of Protestant. God bless my friend and thanks again for writing and your interest.

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