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Publication Date: 2014
Series: Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
Designed for the pastor and Bible teacher, the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament brings together commentary features rarely gathered in one volume. Written by notable evangelical scholars, each volume treats the literary context and structure of the passage in the original Greek, and each author provides an original translation based on the literary structure. The series consistently provides the main point, an exegetical outline, verse-by-verse commentary, and theology in application in each section of every commentary. Critical scholarship informs each step but does not dominate the commentary, allowing readers to concentrate on the biblical authors message as it unfolds. While primarily designed for those with a basic knowledge of biblical Greek, all who strive to understand and teach the New Testament will find these books beneficial. The Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series covers the entire New Testament in twenty volumes; Clinton E. Arnold serves as general editor.
In her commentary on Johns letters, Karen H. Jobes writes to bridge the distance between academic biblical studies and pastors, students, and laypeople who are looking for an in-depth treatment of the issues raised by these New Testament books. She approaches the three letters of John as part of the corpus that includes Johns gospel, while rejecting an elaborate redactional history of that gospel that implicates the letters. Jobes treats three major themes of the letters under the larger rubric of who has the authority to interpret the true significance of Jesus, an issue that is pressing in our religiously pluralistic society today with its many voices claiming truth about God.
Karen H. Jobes (PhD, Westminister Theological Seminary) is the Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis at Wheaton College and Graduate school in Wheaton, Illinois. The author of several works, she is also involed in Bible translation. She and her husband, Forrest, are members of Immanuel Presbyerian Church, an EPC church in Warrenville, Illinois.
Clinton E. Arnold (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is Dean and Professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology in LaMirada, California.
The Geeky Calvinist5 Stars Out Of 5A Wonderful WorkDecember 26, 2017The Geeky CalvinistQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There are many different types of commentaries, some are more scholarly, some are more devotional in nature. In the end while some are on either extreme, most fall somewhere in the middle, as is the case with Zondervan Exegetical Commetnary on the New Testament series published by Zondervan. The newest commentary in this series is 1, 2, 3 John by Karen H. Jobes, and it is a master piece. This is common place for a commentary series which is known for excellence in scholarship yet practical in application.
In many commentaries about 1, 2, 3 John the main focus is 1 John, with little or no attention paid to 2 and 3 John. Sadly this is the case with this commentary, yet the limited space spend on 2 and 3 John does not negate the plethora of attention paid to 1st John. Furthermore while this commentary is a mid-level commentary, weighing in at over 360 pages, Jobes, attention to detail in 1 John makes this commentary a worthwhile read for both the pastor and the laymen, with a slight bent to the laymen.
A pastor will find that Jobes practical insights extremely helpful in giving application from the text to his congregants, while the laymen will find this commentaries easy to use formant and the non-technical format an easy read. It is truly the best of both worlds.
When looking specifically a this commentary Jobes spends about 30 pages on introductory matters. While this seems small, when compared with the relatively small size of the commentary itself the introductory comments take up over 10% of the work, which is larger than average. When investigating maters specifically with the text of scripture, Jobes takes an interesting approach. When exegeting on 1st John he deals mostly with the imagery that the apostle whom Jesus loved wrote in. Yet he does not fall into the trap of many commentators in allegorizing the imagery.
In the end I would recommend this commentary as in introduction to pastors and Sunday school teachers, that help tremendously with the laymen a pastor will want another commentary to pair with this wonderfully practical commentary on scripture.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Zondervan Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A Winner!June 23, 2017Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mark this down as another outstanding entry in an exceptional series. Jobes has provided a thoughtful, scholarly, and easy to read volume here in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary (ZECNT) series. My appreciation for the layout of this series grows with every volume I peruse.
Jobes begins her Introduction to all three Epistles of John by describing their significance. She throws down the gauntlet of a strong Christology in our pluralistic world. She concludes that the writer of these letters matches the Gospel that also carries Johns name. She reasons that the author had to be John or a close associate. As with most commentaries addressing John, she writes about the gnostic issue that has obsessed scholars. She seems to feel that scholars have overthought the issue. John has written against some serious misunderstanding and distortion of the gospel. In discussing the similarities of Johns Gospel with his Epistles, she provides a chart that allows you to see for yourself. She surmises a conservative dating of these epistles.
Next, she provides an Introduction to 1 John. She well explains its genre and purpose. She admits its complex, or almost spiraling structure and ends with an outline. Next, she jumps into helpful commentary on the text of 1 John. She seems quite comfortable in the ZECNT format and uses it to advantage. A brief Introduction precedes the commentary of 2 & 3 John respectively as well.
This is my favorite modern exegetical commentary of Johns Epistles. If there is any better, Ive not seen it. You will want this commentary!
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Clarified my understanding and deepen my engagementMarch 16, 2016Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is an in-depth examination of the text of 1, 2, and 3 John. While you will probably get the most out of this commentary if you know some biblical Greek, I could clearly understand the author's points even though I don't know Greek.
The commentary looked at the context, main idea, and overall structure of each section of verses. Then the author examined the text verse by verse. She looked at the original Greek to help clarify the intent and explain the variations found in different English translations. She compared certain words to John's other writing to see how he usually used them or to how other New Testament writers used those words. She also looked at the social context and at speculations about what conflict motivated the writing of these letters.
Each section finished with an Application, which was a summary of what the verses said, what we learned from the text, and why it matters. Zondervan Exegetical Commentaries have consistently helped to clarify my understanding and deepen my engagement with the studied verses. I'd highly recommend this book to individuals who want to take their study of the Bible deeper.
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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