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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press (Dec 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830812385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830812387
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,499,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The message of 2 Peter and Jude. The promise of his coming. An exposition of two letters which set forward Christian growth as the church's remedy against the destabilising force of heretical teaching and false guides. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BookMaven on 7 Jun 2007
Format: Paperback
These two short passages in the Bible, namely 2 Peter and Jude, complement each other beautifully. Their purpose is both to encourage and to exhort the reader to become a 'participator in the divine nature'. Participation has a very modern ring about it, with it overtones of team work and collaboration.

However some of the Greek and word-by-word analysis does become heavy going. There is the sense we are not seeing the wood for the trees, not seeing the big picture of salvation because of the many theological and etymological asides.

But the study does seem to get hold of the readers mind and spirit with its "logic on fire" and is extremely uplifting. The similarity of one passage in 2 Peter with Jude is intriguing. The 'make every effort to add to your faith ...' section in 2 Peter1:5-9 is quite brilliant. The sweep of time from the past and God's promises, through to the present to discerning false teachers, and then on to the future with Christ's second coming - all these are quite breathtaking. Participating in the divine nature is both heart warming, challenging and breathtaking with the backdrop 2 Peter provides.

A group of us, around 12, studied the text of 2 Peter with the aid of this book in the The Bible Speaks Today series and, indeed, found the series title to be true - it did speak today - and it was very uplifting indeed.
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Format: Hardcover
I preached Jude many years ago using this and found it incredibly helpful. I have since used it when preaching through Jude again, but this time in more detail as I covered the book in five sermons. I have also used it when preaching through 2 Peter. For me as a commentary this ticks all the boxes it should. It's easy to read and the text is covered in a thorough and helpful way. Any issues with the Greek dealt with helpfully and there is much practical application. Useful and accessible whether you're planning to preached through the books or you just want to use this for Bible study this is certainly one of the commentaries you should start with if , the other one I would recommend is 'Slandering the Angels', which is good for Jude by John Benton. It would be fair to say that these two books are incredibly relevant to the church today as it faces the many of same issues and the same dangers that it did when these books were written. As such this is highlighted in the text and proves we need to heed the same warnings that the original readers did!
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Excellent in some places, Weak in others 27 May 2009
By David A. Bielby - Published on
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As a pastor working on sermons in 2 Peter, I've found this commentary is a mixed bag. It brings to the table some fresh perspective that is helpful and yet in that very helpful mix are simple statements as if they are factual that completely skip over other very likely options. Let me illustrate.

In discussing the list of virtues in 2 Peter 1:5-7 Lucas and Green (note this is NOT the major commentator Gene Green from Wheaton-this author is Christopher Green. He is a pastor in Surrey England), a helpful discussion about the Greek verb used to book-end the passage is laid out. I didn't find that clearly spelled out anywhere else. Yet in the discussion of what each virtue actually means I found some comments to be very weak. For example, the discussion on the word GNOSIS (Knowledge), the authors contend that it means information about Jesus. Contrary to this, Gene Green contends that it means personal and relational knowledge of Jesus rather than philosophical information about Jesus. Lucas and C. Green appeal to a Scottish commentator (John Brown) multiple times with very few references to any other authors who have written on Peter when dealing with this critical passage.

I think that it is dangerous to use this work as the ONLY tool to assist you in studying 2 Peter or Jude. I urge you to check their exegesis against Davids, G. Green, Schreiner or even Witherington.

Yet, this shorter commentary is easy to read and follow, and if you do compare it to other well written works, you will see where they tend to get off track (in my opinion) right away. This commentary is helpful for coming up with ways to present a passage that others tend to miss. This commentary is also good at tying everything to the overall purpose of the letter, as well as from time to time giving sound reasons for rejecting some ideas that might otherwise tend to suggest themselves to the careless reader.

It's a four star volume worthy of adding to your library in my view.
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