Commentary on John by B.F. Westcott

Brooke Foss Westcott (12 January 1825 – 27 July 1901)
 Brooke Foss Westcott (12 January 1825 – 27 July 1901). Image source: Wikipedia

According to F.F. Bruce this is the best of Bishop Brooke Foss Westcott’s commentaries. My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy for digitisation.

This title is in the public domain.

Brooke Foss Westcott [1825-1901], The Gospel According to John: The Authorised Version with Introduction and Notes. London: John Murray, 1894. Hbk. pp.307. [Click to visit the download page]

Table of Contents


  1. The Authorship of the Gospel
  2. The Composition of the Gospel
  3. Characteristics of the Gospel
  4. Relation to the Other Apostolic Writings
  5. The History of the Gospel
  • Commentary

F.F. Bruce notes:

It was after Westcott’s election to the Regius Chair in 1870 that his commentaries began to appear, although he had been laying the groundwork for them in his Harrow years. The first commentary to be published was not one of the projected Macmillan series: it was the commentary on the Gospel of John in the Speaker’s Commentary series (so called because it was sponsored by the Speaker of the House of Commons). This work, based on the AV, appeared in 1880; it was the one volume in the Speaker’s Commentary destined for immortality; it is still reprinted (and most deservedly so) from time to time. A posthumous edition, adapted to the Greek text, was edited by his son Arthur Westcott and published in 1908.

F.F. Bruce, “Bishop Westcott and the Classical Tradition,” Spectrum 11 (September 1978): 20.

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