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The Letters of 2 Peter and Jude (Pillar New Testament Commentary) [Hardcover]

By Peter H. Davids, Anthea Bell (Translator), Saskia Sassen (Contributor), Simone Ghezzi (Contributor), Enzo Mingione (Contributor), Moises Silva (Editor), Frances F. Berdan & Gerard S. Sloyan
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Pages   348
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.34" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.23"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2006
ISBN  0802837263  
EAN  9780802837264  

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Artfully unpacks these two neglected but fascinating epistles that deal with the confrontation between the Greco-Roman world and the burgeoning 1st century Jesus communities.

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Tackling these two historically underappreciated books, Peter Davids artfully reveals two fascinating epistles that deal with the confrontation between Greco-Roman world and the burgeoning first-century Jesus communities. Davids takes on a number of thorny issues in this Pillar commentary, from Jude's overzealous of his opponents, to the reality of the final judgment. He firmly grasps of the overall structure of these oft-maligned epistles and presents a strong case for 2 Peter and Jude as coherent, consistent documents. Marked by exceptional exegesis, sharp, independent judgments and timely application to the concerns of the local church, Davids's work not only connects with the latest scholarship, but also transforms these scholarly insights into helpful conclusions that benefit all believers. Informed, astute, and evangelical The Letters of 2 Peter and Jude display a careful balance between scholarship and pastoral concern, and is readily accessible for both teachers and students, pastors and thoughtful members of their churches.

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Peter H. Davids is Professor in Christianity at Houston Baptist University and Visiting Professor of Bible and Applied Theology at Houston Graduate School Theology.

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Read it before before buying it  Dec 31, 2009
Surely there will be someone else writing about this book, so I'm going try to help you in another way.

When you start reading biblical commentaries you will need to be aware that the thoughts expressed by the author deal with facts and speculations that should of happened. You can NEVER rely on only one commentary to affirm something about the Bible. You need at least three good commentaries.

Try to read biblical commentaries from different confessions of faith (e.g., Calvinism vs. Arminianism; Pentecostal vs. non-Pentecostal; Catholic vs. Protestant; Egalitarian vs. Complementarian; Amillennialism vs. Premillennialism vs. Postmillennialism; etc). Look for their arguments: What do they agree or disagree on? Which of them is closest to the biblical text? It's not a sin to read commentaries written from other points of view. You will notice that what is fact or solid argument will be seen over and over on different commentaries, so you will start learning what is speculation and what is not.

As Haddon W. Robinson said in his book, Biblical Preaching, (second edition, page 22), "In approaching a passage, we must be willing to reexamine our doctrinal convictions and to reject the judgments of our most respected teachers."

Remember, a commentary is not the biblical text. Do not replace the authority of the Bible with a commentary. The same apply for Study Bibles. The study notes there are not written by "apostles and prophets," so never confuse the "gospel" with the teacher or preacher. Learn to separate it.

Commentaries are important because nobody can get a poem from one language and translate it with the same structure to another language. This simply does not exist. Words, phrases, and sentences are rooted in a specific time, culture and custom. About Bibles, the best way is to check different translations, but be cautious about a very loose translation.

For you to appreciate any biblical commentary you need to know what level of reading you are. I'm going call them beginner, intermediate and advanced. I recommend the following biblical commentaries that you can start from. All of them have both Old Testament and New Testament. (If you're thinking of buying the whole set, look for the CD edition; it's cheaper and you can take it with you where you go.)

Beginner - NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC) by Zondervan.
(or) The Bible Speaks Today Series (BST) by IVP (This is a growing series and not yet complete.)

Intermediate - New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT) and New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT) by Eerdmans

Advanced - Word Biblical Commentary (WBC) by Thomas Nelson

These are basic commentaries on their own level, but there are a lot of commentaries today, so don't forget to look for more information. Maybe you can get information from one of these: (1) Commentary and Reference Survey: A Comprehensive Guide to Biblical and Theological Resources by John Glynn, (2) New Testament Commentary Survey by D. A. Carson, (3) Old Testament Commentary Survey by Tremper Longman.

There are good and expensive commentaries such as the Anchor Bible (AB); International Critical Commentary (ICC) or Hermeneia (HERM). [Do not forget of Calvin and Luther].

I don't know about catholic commentaries, but you can check reviews on "Sacra Pagina" and "Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture."

Other than those mentioned above (NIVAC; BST; NICNT; WBC; AB; ICC; HERM) you can also check: Expositor Bible Commentary (EBC); New American Commentary (NAC); Pillar New Testament Commentary (PNTC); New International Greek Testament Commentary (NIGTC); Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT); and others.

Another thing, it can be a very good commentary, but it does not mean that you will agree with everything in it. Remember, "new" does not mean it's updated, and "updated" does not mean it's better.

Purpose - You can read a book to get information, even if you are not interested in a deep study of the biblical text. In this case it's better to start reading something from your own confession of faith and always on your level of reading. If after some time you become interested in more, go check other commentaries, but please, do not skip "How To Read A Book" by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren.

Responsibility - It is your responsibility study the biblical text before checking a commentary. Sometimes this is not an easy task so I'm giving you some other references that you can check at the end of this review. If I had read a review like this before, I would know how to prevent some mistakes.

Do not let you knowledge kill your faith! - "For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith." Hebrews 4:2 NIV - (Read also 1 Corinthians 1:21-24; 2:13-14; 3:18-23; Jude 1:3).

I can't leave without suggesting some other tools to help you: (1) How To Read A Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren; (2) Hermeneutics: Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation by Henry Virkler and Karelynne Ayayo; (3) New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors by Gordon Fee; and (4) Old Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors by Douglas Stuart. [Although book #3 and 4 deals with Biblical languages (Greek and Hebrew), you can learn a lot from them even if you do not know the languages]. (5) "Basics of Biblical Greek" Grammar by William D. Mounce [after you start reading it maybe you can add "Biblical Greek Survival Kit" and "Sing and Learn New Testament Greek" audio CD by Kenneth Berding]; (6) "English Grammar in Use" by Raymond Murphy (Third Edition with Cd-Rom). (7) Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History: Complete and Unabridged. - All of these will help you to understand HOW a good commentary must be written. Good Luck!

Highly recommended  Nov 18, 2007
This review will address three authors' work on Peter and Jude: Kistemaker, Schreiner, and Davids.

Kistemaker's commentary in the New Testament Commentary series begun by Hendriksen was published in 1987. Kistemaker, a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, is well known for his contributions to approximately half of this series. His work is the most pastorally oriented of the three here, and is easy to read. Each paragraph of text is presented in a separate section, followed by the text of individual verses with exposition, followed by (as needed) separate sections on "Doctrinal considerations", "Practical considerations", and/or "Greek words, phrases, and constructions". This format is a little scattered, but allows for ease of use across a wide spectrum of readers. Kistemaker is practical, but has less depth than Schreiner or Davids. The current printing is packaged with James and 1-3 John, as well, which makes for a mighty unwieldy volume. I recommend instead finding a reasonably priced used version with just Peter and Jude, unless you're investing in the entire set.

Thomas Schreiner is a professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and author of the Peter & Jude Commentary in the New American Commentary series. Schreiner is also author of the well-regarded BECNT entry for Romans, as well as a volume on Paul's theology. This commentary was written in 2003, and has a clean layout, albeit with smaller print than the other works here. Schreiner's work is solid, and his theology sound, but his writing is not the most engaging. The NIV text is presented one paragraph at a time, then exposited verse-by-verse preceded by verse numbers in bold. The Greek, which he utilizes frequently, is transliterated into English in the running commentary.

Peter Davids is a professor at St. Stephen's University, and has also authored the commentary on James in the New International Greek Testament Commentary series. His work on 1 Peter is in the New International Commentary on the New Testament series (1990), with 2 Peter and Jude in the Pillar New Testament Commentary series (2006). Like his James commentary, he begins with useful discussions of the theology of the letter, broken down into categories such as "Suffering", "Scripture", "God", etc. His work is surprisingly useful for pastors. He in general has a more academic tone, but then breaks forth into a very practical, insightful discussion of, say, "revolutionary submission" in 1 Peter 3. The Pillar volume has a less pastorally-oriented feel, but that is likely due partially to the different subject material provided by Peter and Jude in these letters. Due to the 2 volumes, his works are more thorough than Schreiner or Kistemaker, but of course are more expensive. The format is generally similar to the NAC, although the NIC volume does provide the actual Greek text in the footnotes.

Comparison: Any of these three authors' works would be a worthwhile purchase for the pastor, seminarian, or generally informed reader. All are presented with the NIV text, but interact with the underlying Greek text. Kistemaker and Schreiner are somewhat more conservative theologically than Davids. Those without a seminary education will likely find Kistemaker the most accessible. Students working on their thesis will probably prefer Davids' delving into more detail. Schreiner has the best blend of virtues for those who can afford only one volume at this time.

Kistemaker: 4 stars
Davids: 5 stars (1 Peter), 4 stars (2 Peter/Jude)
Schreiner: 4 stars


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