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Commentary-2 Peter/Jude (Word Biblical Commentary V50) [Hardcover]

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Pages   388
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Release Date   Jul 1, 2000
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0849902495  
EAN  9780849902499  


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Richard Bauckham Richard Bauckham is professor emeritus of New Testament studies at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, senior scholar at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and a fellow of both the British Acad-emy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His many other books include Jesus and the God of Israel, Gospel Women, and Jesus: A Very Short Introduction.

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A New Testament Window into First Century Jewish Literature  Apr 26, 2006
A volume in the Word Biblical Commentary. A great value of this volume is the extensive backgrounds Bauckham provides. He refers to many other writings, as well as trends of the day, that provide insights into Jude and Peter's message. Both are somewhat ambiguous and cryptic, and chapter 2 of 2 Peter resembles the single chapter of Jude considerably.

Bauckham discusses the various Jewish apocalyptic writings that have been considered the sources of Jude's puzzling reference to the Archangel Michael arguing with Satan over the body of Moses at the time of his death. This fascinating story is referred to in several popular writings of the first century and later.

Bauckham settles on the Testament of Moses, known in an expanded, rewritten later form as the Assumption of Moses as the written source of this Jewish folk tale. This is one of a whole genre of popular stories developed in the Jewish community from Maccabean times into the Middle Ages, providing variations on Old Testaments events. Some attempt to fill in gaps or clarify anomalies in the Torah stories.

See two other collections of some of these oral stories, Legends of the Bible, by Louis Ginzberg and Hebrew Myths -- The Book of Genesis, by Robert Graves and Raphael Patai. Many of these stories were written down over the centuries in various Rabbinic collections, the Haggadah, and other popular Jewish writings.

Bauckham also accounts for the similarity between 2 Peter and Jude differently than most commentators. He proposes that Jude was written first, placing it much earlier than some commentators, with Peter referring to Jude in the general topic of apocalyptic judgement of the false teachers, borrowing many specific phrases.

One factor that makes me question this is the fact that Peter used the future tense in speaking of the presence of these antinomian teachers among the believers, while Jude speaks as if they are currently present. This seems to be a strong indication of 2 Peter's priority to Jude.

Bauckham provides excellent and extensive commentary on word meaning and usage in Jude. He determines that Jude has a very high, though colloquial style of Greek, and shows familiarity with much Hellenistic and Greek classical literature.

On the other hand, it appears that Jude quotes from Old Testament references in the Hebrew, rather than the Septuagint. Jude seems very familiar, likewise, with current Jewish literature, though he is obviously writing in Greek to a Greek-speaking audience.
 
One of the best commentaries I've read  Apr 22, 2006
Bauckham's commentary on 2Peter and Jude is definitely one of the best commentaries on any book of the Bible that I've ever read. It reads very clearly and easily for a technical commentary and directly investigates the background for each book both in the early church and its writings and history and in late second temple judaism and its own writings and history. Bauckham does an excellent job of mining the exegetical depths of Jude and 2 Peter in a way that hasn't much been done before. He takes Jude to be the older work, used by the author of 2 Peter in his own writing. Bauckham argues for a slightly later date for 2 Peter than traditional scholars would probably like and treats 2 Peter as pseudonymous. Although I tend to prefer the hypothesis that Peter wrote 2 Peter, the amount of evidence Bauckham issues in favor of his hypothesis is indeed impressive. Bauckham argues that 2 Peter is of the literary genre called the testament. In testaments, the work is always pseudonymous and often written both to address some current need by applying older wisdom and many times also to summarize and disseminate the teachings of the revered figure to whom the writing is fictionally ascribed. I take the fact that the ascribed authors in this genre are understood to be and are supposed to be not the real authors is what could possibly save Bauckham from denying innerancy or infallibility in regards to this letter. Regardless of how you see this issue and Bauckham's position in general, enough of his interpretation does not rest on his view of the letter's authorship (and he does after all think it accurately reflects Peter's teachings) that you should be able to learn a lot and be inspired by this commentary no matter what you think.
 
Excellent scholarship on Jude, interesting thoughts on 2 Peter  Jul 26, 2005
Richard Bauckham's treatment of the two least respected books of the New Testament has definately been a blessing for me as I continue to grow in my faith and knowledge of the Gospel.

As is the case for all the Word Commentaries, Bauckham introduces each book (including scholarly points of debate), translates the original language into English, and provides commentary on the book. In this reader's opinion, Bauckham's treatment of Jude is supurb, but his treatment of 2 Peter suffers because of his belief that it is pseudepigriphal (written by an anonymous author who is pretending to be St. Peter).

I was entranced by the first part of this book--the commentary on Jude. Bauckham greatly improved my understanding--not just of the theological elements of this work--but of St. Jude himself and the earliest days of the church in general. Through an analysis of the gramar and vocabulary of Jude and through examining points of contact with other ancient works, one is able to gain a respect for both Jude's high degree of education as well as his knowledge of practical theological matters. I was impressed with how relevant the message of Jude is to modern readers.

The second section, on 2 Peter, is explored as thoroughly as Jude, but was not as enjoyable a read because of my own disagreement with Bauckham's assumptions. As previously stated, Bauckham believes that 2 Peter was not actually written by the Apostle Peter, but rather by one of his friends/students/etc. Bauckham makes his case for this in the introduction, but is very unconvincing as he argues that 2 Peter is a hybrid piece, combining an epistle with a fictional first-person summary of his teachings. Too much in the letter conflicts with Bauckham's view and this reader percieves some of his arguments as theological acrobatics.

Even still, Bauckham's analysis of the content of 2 Peter is excellent. He convincingly shows the heretical arguments of Peter's opponents; he shows the unity of the letter; and points out where Peter's eschatological arguments are a continuation of both Jewish and early (earliest) Christian end-times doctrines. It is a convincing and practical work.

In all, this fairly conservative treatment of these two Biblical books is recommended--especially to those Christians who have neglected these underrated additions to the canon.
 
The Standard... Sorta  Jan 5, 2003
Bauckham has done a fine piece of work with this commentary, and his thoroughness in the Greek makes his points quite solid. My only real complaint is his arguments for 2 Peter not being an authentic letter by the Apostle. Although I understand his arguments, I think some of his presuppositions and conclusions have some holes. Michael Green's (less extensive) commentary on these letters addresses some of these points, and I think makes a better case for Petrine authorship.

Aside from that, Mr. Bauckham's work is top-notch and does a fine job of correcting some erronious teachings that stem from Peter's letter. For serious and in-depth study, this is the commetary to have.

 
Outstanding work  Aug 16, 2002
I agree with previous reviews. It is an outstanding work. I didn't know that the apocrypha books like Enoch also had such wisdom. Richard combines a collection of resources and his analysis is superb. If you thought the book of Jude was a flyby book, think again, it is a book for the matured, some of the truths in there are solid meat.

This commentary book remains my standard for a good commentary book. A tough standard to follow.
 

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