I appreciate your politeness! Of course you may offer your thoughts -- I wouldn't be asking for help if I didn't want it.
I can't think how the word "whim" could be relevant here. No Orthodox Christian studies any Biblical text, let alone makes the effort to think about it and to understand it well enough to write about it, just on a whim. So, it's more than a whim in the sense that -- as you obviously agree -- St John's gospel is "the greatest book ever written."
It's much too soon to think about publishing in any form. Nevertheless, I do want to put it together in a form that would emulate a Talmudic layout, with Greek and English on facing pages, surrounded by commentary. It has occurred to me that an online form would allow links to Patristic extracts. In printed form, there would just be far too much Patristic commentary to include. In the Ancient Christian Commentary series the extracts on just the first 18 verses take up fifty pages!
A blessing would have to come from my own Bishop. I have reason to believe that the OCA Diocese of the South will indeed have a Bishop sometime in the foreseeable future, although this is by no means certain. I hope to have something worth presenting by the time he's consecrated, as I very much hope he will be. Meanwhile, I have one or two friends who might be interested in the work.
I don't plan to approach any Roman Catholic Bishop for this purpose, so I'm not looking for either an imprimatur or a nihil obstat. A blessing will be quite enough. But imprimaturs and nihil obstats do not guarantee orthodoxy, which is much more significant in my mind. I'm sure that's really what you mean. There are plenty of books bearing imprimaturs and nihil obstats that are nevertheless riddled with purgatories and filioques.
The only way one can know whether anything is reliable and suitable is by reading it and evaluating it, using the God-given logos within them -- their mind and heart and soul.
The commentary is intended for anyone interested in what an Orthodox Christian might find in the Divine Scriptures. I'm not entirely sure, but I have a pretty good hunch that an exploration of any one piece of the fourfold Gospel will involve comment not just on the Gospel itself, but on the culture we live in. So it's for anyone interested in a traditional Christian response to our world. It's definitely not for university NT scholars who write articles with titles like 'Ezekiel's Shepherd and John's Jesus: A Case Study in the Appropriation of Biblical texts' (by Mary K. Deeley, 1997). At the other extreme, it's not intended for the kind of person who's willing to let her mind rot in front a TV screen. To borrow from Fr Lawrence Farley, it's for your grandmother, your plumber and me.
I'm sure the Library of Congress is stuffed with similar works by Protestant and Roman writers, but the Orthodox haven't given us much yet in English. I mentioned Fr Lawrence, but I don't see him referring to the Holy Fathers all that much, or responding to our culture. Fr Paul Tarazi's OT and NT Introductions are great, but a bit abstruse for most of us; and he surprises me with some very non-traditional ideas (St John's gospel was written by St Mark).
BUT PLEASE -- I would appreciate it if you could point me to any other Orthodox sources that may be available.
Finally, you might hear something to the effect that if you write a letter to your congressman, there are about 14000 like-minded others who didn't bother writing. All I can expect to bring is a voice and a set of concerns that will resonate with a few people for a few years: people who are unashamed of Christ in the space age and in the information age; who think that atheism is necessarily irrational and that it arises from a loss of logos; that the science and philosophy of the last 100 years have given extraordinary support to belief in God; that the NT writings are historically and theologically reliable; and I'm sure there's more: I'll think of it.
Or rather we'll think of it: because I'm seeking input from my little group, and from all the folk here at Monachos.