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In this volume from the Story of God Commentary series, Constantine Campbell moves away from traditional "application" Bibles by emphasizing the distance between the New Testament and contemporary culture. His lucid, compelling exposition folds us into the great story of God in its canonical setting, so we can make more faithful decisions about the Christian life.
Three easy-to-use sections designed to help readers live out God's story:
LISTEN to the Story: Includes complete NIV text with references to other texts at work in each passage, encouraging the reader to hear it within the Bible's grand story
EXPLAIN the Story: Explores and illuminates each text as embedded in its canonical and historical setting
LIVE the Story: Reflects on how each text can be lived today and includes contemporary stories and illustrations to aid preachers, teachers, and students
Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.0 X 6.0 (inches)|
Series: Story of God Bible Commentary
The Letters of John: Tyndale New Testament Commentary [TNTC]John StottIVP Academic / 2009 / Trade Paperback$14.49 Retail:
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Constantine R. Campbell is Associate Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of several books, including Paul and Union with Christ; Verbal Aspect, the Indicative Mood, and Narrative; and Outreach and the Artist. Dr. Campbell is a preacher, musician, and author, and lives in Chicago.
Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies and the chair of the Religious Studies department at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he lives with his wife, Alice. He is the Old Testament editor for the revised Expositor's Bible Commentary and general editor for the Story of God Bible Commentary Old Testament and has authored many articles and books on the Psalms and other Old Testament books.
Scot McKnight (PhD, Nottingham) is the Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He is the author of more than fifty books, including the award-winning The Jesus Creed as well as The King Jesus Gospel, A Fellowship of Differents, One.Life, The Blue Parakeet, and Kingdom Conspiracy.
The Geeky Calvinist4 Stars Out Of 5A Good Mid-sized CommentaryApril 18, 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 The Story of God Bible Commentary series published by Zondervan. The newest commentary in this series is 1, 2, 3 John by Constantine Campbell, 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 lightweight commentary, weighing in at only 230 pages, Campbells 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 Campbells 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 Campbell spends about 20 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 20% of the work, which is larger than average. When investigating maters specifically with the text of scripture, Campbell 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 in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
1, 2, 3 John (The Story of God Bible Commentary)
2017 by Constantine Campbell
Publisher: Zondervan Publishing
Page Count: 38 Pages