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Overview In this addition to the award-winning BECNT series, respected New Testament scholar and biblical interpretation expert Gene Green offers a substantive yet highly accessible commentary on the books of Jude and 2 Peter. With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, Green leads readers through the sociological, historical, and theological aspects of these New Testament books. As with all BECNT volumes, Jude and 2 Peter features the author's detailed interaction with the Greek text. This commentary admirably achieves the dual aims of the series-academic sophistication and pastoral sensitivity and accessibility-making it a useful tool for pastors, church leaders, students, and teachers. The user-friendly design includes shaded chapter introductions summarizing the key themes of each thought unit.
Publishers Description In this new addition to the award-winning BECNT series, respected New Testament scholar and biblical interpretation expert Gene Green offers a substantive yet highly accessible commentary on the books of Jude and 2 Peter. With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, Green leads readers through the sociological, historical, and theological aspects of these New Testament books. As with all BECNT volumes, "Jude and 2 Peter "features the author's detailed interaction with the Greek text. This commentary admirably achieves the dual aims of the series--academic sophistication and pastoral sensitivity and accessibility--making it a useful tool for pastors, church leaders, students, and teachers. The user-friendly design includes shaded chapter introductions summarizing the key themes of each thought unit.
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.24" Width: 6.28" Height: 1.28" Weight: 1.83 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2008
Publisher Baker Academic
Series Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
ISBN 0801026725 ISBN13 9780801026720
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More About Gene Green, Robert Yarbrough & Robert Stein
Gene L. Green (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. In addition to writing numerous articles, he is the author of commentaries on 1 and 2 Thessalonians and 1 Peter. Prior to coming to Wheaton in 1996, he taught in Latin America for thirteen years.
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Honorable And Extraordinary Promises May 5, 2010
'Peter recognizes the central role of the apostolic testimony in the battle against the heretics, but the prophets as well need to be heard and heeded. The way the authority of the apostolic testimony is paralleled with the prophetic word suggest that the form should be so interpreted.' p 226
There are few things that man defends as vigorously as his right to religious freedom, and his right to human autonomy - even seeking it against God. How often Arminians refer to 2 Pet 3:9, 'The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance', in support of their doctrine of universal salvation (also 1 Tim 2:4). What they fail to ask is whether Peter (and Paul) was combatting predestination, or ethnic exclusivity? Given its correct historical context this verse allows for the latter interpretation: it forms the answer to the ever-present question the NT church faced - the competing Judaism issue. This problem was complicated by another: emperor worship. An attractive advantage for proselytes was that the Roman cult worship exonerated Jews from Roman emperor worship. Gentile converts to Christianity, however, were far less fortunate, and terrible persecution followed. Here, Peter's chief concern is to assert that God's salvific purpose fully includes the non-Jewish world, despite doubts to the contrary. Contextually applied, this demonstrates that the apostolic emphasis is on the divine will that people of all nationalities (not all individuals) should come to know the truth in Christ, and thus 'come to repentance'. Green accords with this truth: 'This does not imply that Peter believes in universal salvation, as the following verse makes clear.' p 328
'And when men ask why the gospel is preached to some nations and not to others, and why some to whom it is preached believe, and others do not 'they will in vain torment themselves in seeking for a deeper cause than the secret and inscrutable counsel of God' (Institutes 3:24:12). In answering the various calumnies and objections of his opponents he never retreats from the emphatic assertion of the will of God as the ultimate cause in reprobation.' Fred Klooster, Calvin's Doctrine of Predestination p 50
'According to the good pleasure of His will' (Eph 1:5) as the ultimate cause can then be harmonized with the following: 'God's call presupposes His election (2 Thess 1:13-14; Rom 8:30).' p 183
It is easy to contrast the very real judgments and executions that Christian converts faced throughout the vast Roman Empire, with the false teachers Peter faced, who were complacent and smug in their skepticism, denying both the cosmic Parousia of Christ, and the eschatological Day of Judgment (3:3-13), found throughout Scripture to mean the time of God's coming when He will judge humanity and execute His wrath. 'The entire section contains the certainty of judgment. God will not take a bribe, He is impartial in His judgment, and He will judge the unrighteous. Peter is concerned precisely with this issue: God's judgment will indeed come. Peter emphasizes that the delay in judgment is due to divine mercy. Plutarch likewise engaged with the Epicureans over this issue, and from this polemic we become aware that the delay in divine judgment was a key argument in the denial of the reality of judgment. According to Plutarch, this delay 'destroys belief in providence'.' p 327
One of the best commentaries on Jude & 2 Peter Apr 18, 2009
As a pastor who tries to dig deep into the Greek text for sermon preparation and just because I love the Bible, and as someone who has studied Jude and 2 Peter several times for different personal reasons, I was excited to discover this commentary. The author is a Bible professor at Wheaton College in Wheaton Illinois.
Although Jude is just 25 verses in one chapter and 2 Peter, Jude's twin epistle is three short chapters, he has written a substantial commentary.
There are two things that I feel are very important for these two epistles. First is a very strong command of the Jewish background of the New Testament. I see this as Green's strength. Have you ever read the passage about the struggle for Moses' body by the archangel Michael and the devil? Green doesn't disappoint as he touches on this reference in multiple places (easily found in his subject index). I've had this sense in another work by Green as well, but in this volume, the strong need to bring in extra-biblical material to catch the exact nuance of the reference is excellent. Basically I see this commentary as a goldmine of allusions or quotes from a myriad of ancient documents directly tied to the Biblical text. His breadth of quotes across the whole spectrum of literature available is like a researchers dream. For anyone doing a paper on either Jude or 2 Peter, this is a GREAT resource. This is my primary reason that I had to give this a 5 star.
The second thing I look for in these two volumes is a strong grasp of terms. In particular, the terms used in 2 Peter 1 are a special interest of mine so I did focus on Green's explanations of the seven qualities that Peter proposes we bolster our faith with. Although I found his take on the term 'Pistis' (faith or faithfulness) to be good, I was left wanting more, with more specificity by the time I was done with this segment of the book.
Ceslas Spiq's three volume set on 'agape' proposes in essence that agape is 'demonstrated love' NOT the popularly stated 'unconditional love'. Even though this would have been a perfect location to bring that home by Green, I felt he only alluded to it. So for definitions of terms, I would give it a four star. But even in these explanations there is a rich tapestry of references to ancient literature. So even though I was left wanting more on what I consider THE most important idea in the Bible...what is love and how do we define love so that we can live a life of love, Green still gives some new angles of study for someone reading and hungry for more.
Let me illustrate a little of what I love about this commentary. For Jude 1:9-10 he gives six pages of material. His title is simply "Second Text and Comment" (That has to be the least helpful title I've seen) I much prefer exegetical summaries in the titles. Just below the title he gives a summary of the two verses, which is really an explanation of what he is about to lay out in detail. It's sixteen lines. Here I have one criticism for the publisher. These introductory sections have a background shade that is a medium grey. For me, black type on a medium grey background is unpleasant to read. Please don't do that anymore! (they seem to do it in all the commentaries in this series. I would prefer a lined box or some other way to set this text apart from the body of material that follows.
After the summary of his view on what the passage means, then he digs into his "Exegesis and Exposition" Here he contrasts the Archangel Michaels refusal to pronounce a verdict on the devil with the 'heretics' propensity to slander beings they do not understand.
Now when Green starts to explore the source of Jude's comment, this is where it gets really good. He sums up the ancient world's material even extending into the Apostolic era and how they saw and used this quote. He gives references to ancient Greek in Greek and then transliterates it for anyone who is intimidated by Greek letters in the text. So if you don't know Greek you can just skip the Greek words because he gives the same word in English just after that.
Remember this is not an application commentary, so you will not be satisfied with a broad selection of exegetical application ideas, but as an exegetical commentary, this is my favorite so far in my studies of 2 Peter and also for Jude. I think his exegesis is so thorough, that if you read through all of it on a verse or two, your primary application ideas will be focused on the core concept he examines. For example in vs 9-10 he does such a job of laying out clearly and in a well organized manner the fact that the Archangel Michael did not engage in slander, yet the heretics do engage in slander, that the applications seem obvious to me. He makes no attempt to connect the dots for the reader though.
Overall, this is a fantastic resource. It would take years of study of the Jewish literature outside the OT/NT to bring someone to the place where you could do what he does in this commentary. Just for this alone, I recommend this commentary highly. But then his exegesis is clear and easy to follow even though it is so technical. Honestly it made me want to go to Wheaton and take a class from this guy. He must be a great prof.