A workmanlike study of the Gospel according to John that offers neither a section-by-section commentary nor a full theological exposition but an anatomy of its thematic and linguistic components. Vanderlip proceeds by identifying and analyzing key words, emphases, ideas, and phrases that comprise the Johannine interpretation of the Christ story. Though it carefully collates and assesses current opinion on these elements, the study doesn't much transcend this pedestrian labor of secondary scholarship: it blazes no new paths of inquiry. Vanderlip seems more at home discussing petty exegetical details than trying to comprise the sweep of theological vision, and the meager efforts to relate the Gospel's message to the present are feeble and vague. He does succeed in illuminating John's language, setting, and stance on a quite fundamental level, but those looking for probing insights, or the fancy footwork of higher criticism had best seek elsewhere.