4 Stars Out Of 5
Recommended for Pastors and teachers
June 22, 2012
John Piper is... well he's John Piper. You don't know who John Piper is? He's the pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and has authored dozens of books. He's an ÃÅber Calvinist, and he's the guy who tweeted, "Farewell Rob Bell." THAT John Piper.
As a reader, I love John Piper, his books are weighty and solid and always sound doctrine. And it seems, that every time you turn around John Piper has a new book out. He's about as prolific as Stephen King. Well, Piper's latest book isn't exactly a "new release" but that doesn't make it any less fun.
John Piper did his doctoral work in New Testament Studies at the University of Munich, in West Germany. His dissertation, Love Your Enemies, was originally published by Cambridge University Press and Baker Book House in 1979, and it was a part of the New Testament Studies Monograph Series.
So if your lifelong wish was to read John Piper's dissertation - now you can!
So right away, it should be stated again that this isn't your typical Piper book. It's a published dissertation. So much of the book's formatting and style is extremely scholarly. The book even looks "thick" but just remember one third of the book is actually end-notes and references!
And as the title and book jacket suggest, the book is about Jesus' command to love our enemies. But not just to "love them" but what that would have looked like in the time of Christ. Piper examines several external sources including Josephus, the Kumran, Hellenistic Philosophy and even the elusive "Q" gospel.
This is a very thorough read, well researched and very weighty, exactly what you would expect from Piper - while at the same time, it's not pour yourself a cup of coffee and pull up a good book reading.
Recommended for Pastors, teachers and the truly die-hard Piper fan.