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The Letters of John : Pillar New Testament Commentary - Colin G. Kruse

The Letters of John

Pillar New Testament Commentary

Hardcover Published: March 2000
ISBN: 9780802837288
Number Of Pages: 277

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This new Pillar commentary seeks to clearly explain the meaning of John's letters to teachers, pastors, and general readers looking for a reliable resource for personal study. Colin Kruse provides an introduction to the important issues involved in interpreting the Johannine letters, gives verse-by-verse comments, and provides extensive discussion of John's major theological themes, including the real humanity of Christ, atonement, the role of the Spirit, Christian assurance, the meaning of koinonia, Christian love, and eternal life.

Industry Reviews

"Review & Expositor"
"Kruse reflects a studied intention to reflect the facts objectively without indulging a fanciful imagination. . . A worthy contribution."
The Bible Today
"Kruse, an Australian biblical scholar, is obviously in command of the current literature on the letters of John and writes with a lucid and well balanced perspective on the origin and context of the letters. His commentary is enriched with frequent extended notes that delve into some of the key concepts or more debated aspects of the letters."
The Clergy Journal
"The exegesis is thorough and convincing. This commentary will serve the parish preacher. It will enlighten epistles that the church does not often ponder enough."
Southwestern Journal of Theology
"Those specializing in Johannine studies, as well as pastors and students, will welcome this latest contribution to our (better) understanding of the letters of John."
Review & Expositor
-Kruse reflects a studied intention to reflect the facts objectively without indulging a fanciful imagination. . . A worthy contribution.-

The Bible Today
-Kruse, an Australian biblical scholar, is obviously in command of the current literature on the letters of John and writes with a lucid and well balanced perspective on the origin and context of the letters. His commentary is enriched with frequent extended notes that delve into some of the key concepts or more debated aspects of the letters.-

The Clergy Journal
-The exegesis is thorough and convincing. This commentary will serve the parish preacher. It will enlighten epistles that the church does not often ponder enough.-

Southwestern Journal of Theology
-Those specializing in Johannine studies, as well as pastors and students, will welcome this latest contribution to our (better) understanding of the letters of John.-

Series Prefacep. xi
Author's Prefacep. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xv
Bibliographyp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Introductory Matters Related to 1, 2, and 3 Johnp. 1
A Scenariop. 1
The Johannine Communityp. 4
1, 2, and 3 John and the Fourth Gospelp. 5
The Interrelationship of 1, 2, and 3 Johnp. 7
1, 2, and 3 John and the NT Canonp. 8
Introductory Matters Related to 1 Johnp. 9
Authorshipp. 9
Internal Evidencep. 9
External Evidencep. 11
Addresseesp. 14
Opponentsp. 15
The Teaching of the Secessionistsp. 16
The Secessionists and the Author's Communityp. 18
The Secessionists and Early Christian Hereticsp. 20
Purpose and Time of Writingp. 27
Genre, Rhetorical Form, and Structurep. 28
Genrep. 28
Rhetorical Formp. 29
Structurep. 31
1 John and Qumranp. 32
Major Theological Themesp. 33
What the Author Affirmed While Rejecting Secessionist Teachingp. 33
What the Author Affirmed While Reassuring His Readersp. 33
What the Author Taught along the Wayp. 34
Introductory Matters Related to 2 Johnp. 36
Authorshipp. 36
Addresseesp. 37
Opponentsp. 38
Purpose and Time of Writingp. 39
Genre, Rhetorical Form, and Structurep. 40
Major Themesp. 41
Introductory Matters Related to 3 Johnp. 42
Authorshipp. 42
Addresseep. 43
Itinerant Missionariesp. 43
Diotrephes and the Elderp. 44
Purpose and Time of Writingp. 47
Genre, Rhetorical Form, and Structurep. 48
Major Themesp. 48
Analysesp. 49
Analysis of 1 Johnp. 49
Analysis of 2 Johnp. 49
Analysis of 3 Johnp. 49
Commentary on 1 Johnp. 51
A Preface Concerning the Word of Lifep. 51
A Note on the Language of Sense Perceptionp. 53
A Note on 'From the Beginning' (ap' arches)p. 57
A Note on the Meaning of 'Fellowship' (koinonia)p. 59
A Note on the Use of First Person Formsp. 61
Claims to Know God Tested by Attitudes to Sinp. 61
A Note on Light and Darknessp. 65
A Note on Truthp. 67
A Note on Hilasmosp. 75
Claims to Know God Tested by Obediencep. 77
Affirmation and Exhortation for Believersp. 87
Warnings Against Being Deceived by the Secessionistsp. 97
A Note on Antichristp. 99
A Note on Chrisma, Spirit or Word?p. 109
A Note on the Teaching Authority of the Churchp. 111
Distinguishing the Children of God From the Children of the Devilp. 112
A Note on God's 'Seed'p. 124
A Note on Sinless Perfectionismp. 126
The Gospel Demand to Love One Another and Confidence in Prayerp. 132
Testing the 'Spirits'p. 144
A Note on the Role of the Spiritp. 151
Claims to Love God Tested by Love for Fellow Believersp. 156
A Note on Monogenesp. 158
A Note on the Son's Preexistencep. 159
A Note on the Saviour of the Worldp. 164
Accepting God's Testimony and Eternal Lifep. 173
A Note on Witnessp. 183
A Note on Eternal Lifep. 184
Concluding Reassurances and Exhortationsp. 188
A Note on Sins That Do and Do Not Lead to Deathp. 193
A Note on the Bases of Assurancep. 198
Commentary on 2 Johnp. 203
Opening Greetingsp. 203
Walking in the Truthp. 206
Denial of the Truthp. 209
Do Not Receive Those Who Deny the Truthp. 213
A Note on Hospitalityp. 215
Final Greetingsp. 216
Commentary on 3 Johnp. 219
Opening Greetingsp. 219
Rejoicing That Gaius Walks in the Truthp. 220
Gaius Commended for his Hospitalityp. 222
Diotrephes' Opposition to the Elderp. 224
A Note on Love and Hate in the Christian Communityp. 229
The Elder's Commendation of Demetriusp. 231
Final Greetingsp. 233
Biblical and Extrabiblical References to Cainp. 235
Indexes
Modern Authorsp. 243
Biblical and Extrabiblical Literaturep. 245
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ISBN: 9780802837288
ISBN-10: 080283728X
Series: Pillar New Testament Commentary
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 277
Published: March 2000
Publisher: WILLIAM B EERDMAN CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.5  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.54

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