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Epistles of John, The (Expositional Commentary) [Paperback]

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A thorough expositional commentary on the epistles of John, bringing into focus three of his major themes: righteousness, truth, and love.

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The three letters of John found near the end of the New Testament have a tendency to be oversimplified or simply overlooked in the study of the Scriptures. However, though these letters may on the surface seem less applicable to our time because they address heresies and church management issues that seem unique to the early church, careful study reveals just how contemporary these concerns are.
In this volume of James Montgomery Boice's popular commentary series, pastors, Bible students, and laypersons will find analysis of John's timeless messages of righteousness, truth, and love. Boice explains the meaning of the text verse by verse and subject by subject. Clear language and an approachable style make this commentary accessible and enlightening. Within these pages are important lessons on:
The essence of Christianity
Assurance of salvation
Identification of false teachings
Proper treatment of God's servants
Interaction between the church and the world
Living a righteous life

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Studio: Baker Books
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.48"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Edition  Reprinted  
Series  Expositional Commentary  
ISBN  0801066425  
ISBN13  9780801066429  

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More About James Montgomery Boice

James Montgomery Boice James Montgomery Boice, Th.D. (July 7, 1938 – June 15, 2000) was a Reformed theologian, Bible teacher, and pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia from 1968 until his death. He is heard on The Bible Study Hour radio broadcast and was a well-known author and speaker in evangelical and Reformed circles. He also served as Chairman of the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy for over ten years and was a founding member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.

Boice received a diploma from The Stony Brook School (1956), an A.B. from Harvard University (1960), a B.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary (1963), a Th.D from the University of Basel in Switzerland (1966), and a D.D., (honorary) from the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church (1982). He died on June 15, 2000.

James Montgomery Boice lived in Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania. James Montgomery Boice was born in 1938 and died in 2000.

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Strong commentary from the Presbyterian perspective  Jul 4, 2008
This is a well written commentary that is rich with references that feed into the meaning of each verse. The strong emphasis on sovereignty that good Presbyterians typically comes through in Boice's perspective (unique among the commentaries I have read) on why John wrote these letters. Boice skips all the statements by John in the earlier part of the letter where he says 'we write to you because...' and focuses on the last one in chapter 5. Boice says John didn't write for any other reason that to give the Christians assurance of their faith. The exclusive focus on assurance is not found in any other commentary I have read. This is Boice's strength. He brings unique concepts to the table. This is also his weakness. He has a bias towards the distinctive doctrines of Presbyterians. And this commentary clearly shows this bias.

Yet even with the bias, this is a commentary that will feed the spirit with rich cuts of prime steaks. He is no slacker when it comes to thinking through the exegetical nuances of a passage. Even if you are not a Presbyterian (and I'm not), you will be blessed by Boice's thoughts. He's provoking and passionate about his faith in his expressions in this commentary.

One point that I might note is that on some of his lexical work I was left wanting more. For example, in discussing 'ilasmos' the word often translated propitiation in 1 John 2:1-2, Boice tilts towards a legal definition giving almost a courtroom impression of this term. However, Smalley and others show extensively why this should not be viewed as a legal term in John, and Smalley gives the preferred meaning 'intercessor' or advocate in that sense of the word. So sometimes Boice is brilliant and other times I am left wanting a fuller explanation. This goes to show that it's good to consult more than one commentary, especially on crucial verses like 1 John 2:1-2.

If you have thought deeply about the links between John 1:1 and Genesis 1:1..and the differences between the related passages, Boice will tie in to these concepts intelligently and in a way that is easily grasped and convincing. Overall I am very glad to have this particular commentary and highly recommend it to everyone. I use it quite often and it is in my top five commentaries for John's letters.
Typical Boice!  Aug 31, 2007
The late James Montgomery Boice was a master at bringing scriptural truth to the masses. With the heart of a pastor, he could take high doctrine and relate it to the lives of the average Christian. At the same time he could go head-to-head with any Biblical scholar. His depth and delivery ministered to those who listened to his teaching, whether in the pulpit at 10th Presbyterian in Philadelphia or on the radio. As a note, his radio program, The Bible Study Hour is still broadcast across the county.

The Boice Expository Commentary series was not just written by Boice but it "IS" James Boice. You can hear him speak through the words of this book and all the books in this series. These commentaries are not academic expositions of scripture but practical expositions with a focus on application. Very pastoral. I love using these commentaries in preparation for teaching small group studies.

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