2 Peter & Jude: IVP New Testament Commentary [IVPNTC]
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IVP Academic / 2011 / Paperback

2 Peter & Jude: IVP New Testament Commentary [IVPNTC]

IVP Academic / 2011 / Paperback

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The miracle of being forgiven is perhaps equaled only by the wonder of also being trusted again. That wondrous experience in the life of Simon Peter ultimately produced remarkable letters, full of warning and hope, solemn instruction and glorious promise. Because of that grace in Peter's past, his words in the book of 2 Peter are able to strengthen we who are his brothers and sisters in faith.

Jude follows 2 Peter, yet because of its brevity and difficult message it is one of the most neglected books of Scripture. Still, it too reflects God's redemptive story and offers important insight for God's people.

In this volume, Robert Harvey and Philip H. Towner delve into 2 Peter and Jude, exploring issues of authorship, canonicity, purpose and themes and ultimately showing how they relate to the life of the church.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 180
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830840184
ISBN-13: 9780830840182
Series: IVP New Testament Commentary

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The miracle of being forgiven is perhaps equaled only by the wonder of also being trusted again. That wondrous experience in the life of Simon Peter ultimately produced remarkable letters, full of warning and hope, solemn instruction and glorious promise. Because of that grace in Peter's past, his words in the book of 2 Peter are able to strengthen we who are his brothers and sisters in faith. Jude follows 2 Peter, yet because of its brevity and difficult message it is one of the most neglected books of Scripture. Still, it too reflects God's redemptive story and offers important insight for God's people. In this volume, Robert Harvey and Philip H. Towner delve into 2 Peter and Jude, exploring issues of authorship, canonicity, purpose and themes and ultimately showing how they relate to the life of the church.

Author Bio

The late Robert Harvey was a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and a pastor for over forty years in Iowa, Washington state and Illinois. He was the founding pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Warrenville, Illinois, where he served until his retirement. Philip H.Towner (Ph.D.) is dean of the Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship of the American Bible Society based in New York City. He is also research professor of New Testament at Ewangelikalna Szkola Teologiczna in Wroclaw, Poland. He has previously served on the faculties of Regent College (Vancouver, B.C.) and the University of Aberdeen.

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"Pastors and lay teachers will benefit from this clearly written, user-friendly volume for their preparation of preaching and teaching."
"A helpful exposition. Harvey provides numerous great quotes from church history and literature illustrating and applying the text."
"A solid, brief, informed exposition."

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    Robert Harvey and Philip Towner joined forces to contribute this commentary on the similar letters of 2 Peter and Jude in the IVP New Testament Commentary (IVPNT) series. Mr. Towner has also written the commentary on the Pastoral Epistles in this series while Mr. Harvey was a pastor of many years. You could tell which one was the pastor and which one was the scholar, though in both cases the pastor was scholarly and the scholar was pastoral. Maybe my bias as a pastor causes me to enjoy Mr. Harveys commentary on 2 Peter more, but we can appreciate Mr. Towner stepping in after the untimely death of Mr. Harvey.

    Mr. Harvey begins his Introduction to 2 Peter by jumping into the background of the book, including authorship. I appreciate that he has no trouble believing Peter wrote this work, and even to trace Peters marveling at being forgiven throughout the letter. He dispenses with some of the stranger features of genre study, and moves on into the style and vocabulary of Peter. He gives further discussion of topics in 2 Peter, canonicity, date (A.D. 65 to 68), and origin and destination. In discussing Peters purpose, he talks about strengthening the brothers and seeing Gods actions in our lives. Next, he tackles the historical background of Peters world before he concludes and gives an outline of the book. The commentary was thoughtful, helpful, and seemed to find the heart of every passage.

    Mr. Towner begins his Introduction to Jude by explaining the books neglect today. He explains the historical background of Judes time before he discusses questions of authorship and date. He seems at least open that Jude could have been the writer, yet is uncertain about the date. Next, he discusses the theological character of this book. In it he sees a redemptive story and a Trinitarian outlook. He sees Judes technique as working through apocalyptic too. Further, he discusses eschatology, the church, and faith as seen in the Book of Jude. As is common in most commentaries on Jude, when he gets into the literary character of Jude he talks about Judes use of Midrash and the similarities with 2 Peter. He closes by explaining the opponents that Jude faces in the writing and some thoughts on our reading Jude today. As we said before, the commentary itself has more of a scholarly feel.

    This commentary is a fine, economical choice if you are entering into a study of these two books that receive less attention than most. You will find good help here.

    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.
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