Item description for Commentary-Letters Of John (Niv Application Commentary) by Gary M. Burge...
Overview John's letters transformed the churches of the first century. But his message is also very relevant to the church today. Find out how his letters can have the same powerful impact today as they had when John first wrote them.
Publishers Description Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from the twentieth century to the first century. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. In other words, they focus on the original meaning of the passage but don't discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable--but the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary Series helps us with both halves of the interpretive task. This new and unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into modern context. It explains not only what the Bible means but also how it can speak powerfully today.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 1996
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series NIV Application Commentary
ISBN 0310486203 ISBN13 9780310486206 UPC 025986486204
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More About Gary M. Burge
Gary M. Burge (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. His published works include "The New Testament in Antiquity" (with Lynn H. Cohick and Gene L. Green); "Jesus and the Land"; "Jesus, the Middle Eastern Storyteller"; and NIV Application Commentary volumes on John and on the Johannine Letters.
Gary M. Burge currently resides in the state of Illinois. Gary M. Burge was born in 1952.
Reviews - What do customers think about Commentary-Letters Of John (Niv Application Commentary)?
Excellent Commentary for the General Reader Jun 19, 2006
Burge's commentary finds a nice niche between the more devotional based commentaries of Barclay and the highly technical works by Marshall and Smalley. While the author does a nice job of bringing in the relevant scholarly work when appropriate, he doesn't overwhelm the reader with it. His ability to work with his own translation of the text and to organize it in a way that the reader can clearly understand may be the real strength of the book. Several times I found that in his commentary on the text, Burge untangled the somewhat clumsy NIV translation in a way that was significantly more clear and which seemed truer to the original Greek. Additionally, Burge's willingness to remind the reader of the specific context which prompted John's letters helps keep one focused on what the letters are in response to. This emphasis on original context makes reading the letters much more understandable.
The NIV Application commentary series is organized around a three part approach to understanding a particular book: first understanding the text as it was written for the culture it was to be received in, second bridging the ancient context to a modern one and third applying the principles of the text to today's world. Burge follows this outline well but I found the application portions a bit weak at times, as if the author was more comfortable with the text in ancient times than in applying it today. This drawback was relatively minor and only occasionally detracted from the commentary as a whole. More often the author either limited his comments to within his personal experience as a pastor or to asked insightful questions that challenged the reader to look at the modern church with a critical eye in the light of John's exhortations.
I would recommend this book for serious students of the Bible, Bible study leaders and pastor/preachers with limited time. Those seeking a more devotional approach would likely be better served by Barclay while those looking to do scholarly work should refer to Smalley, Brown and Marshall (all well referenced in Burge's work).
Helpful with context Dec 30, 2004
PROS: (1) Burge does an excellent job "setting the scene" of John's late-first-century struggles against incipient Gnostic heresies. Because Burge is so knowledgeable about historical context, he can accurately bridge that context to today's needs. (2) Just enough Greek is involved to be insightful but still very easy to read. (3) The font is easy to read and allows enough room for notetaking. (4) Secondary resources are cited and described, should the reader want to probe something further. (4) Many of Burge's application points are very insightful and challenging, particularly when applying the realities of Christ's ongoing incarnation.
CONS: (1) Some of Burge's application seems "out there," as if he went on some stream-of-consciousness tangent. I don't have the book on hand, otherwise I'd give examples. (2) The interpretive treatment of the text is brief at best. But then again, this is not an in-depth, technical commentary. Pick up the NICNT series for that.
I would also recommend the IVP New Testament Commenaries for laypersons and teachers looking for a somewhat thorough exposition with practical, pastoral application. Grant Osborne's IVP commentary on Romans is excellent.
Devastatingly accurate! May 25, 1999
Dr. Burge goes to the heart of John's letters. His examination of the cultural millieu of the church adds depth to the exposition.
The applications are especially pertinant to the pastor and are likewise timely.