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The Epistles of John: An Expositional Commentary [Paperback]

James Montgomery Boice


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A thorough expositional commentary on the epistles of John, bringing into focus three of his major themes: righteousness, truth, and love.
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James Montgomery Boice (1938-2000) was senior pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was also president and co-founder of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, the parent organization of The Bible Study Hour, on which Boice was a speaker for more than thirty years. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Boice! 31 Aug 2007
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The late James Montgomery Boice was a master at bringing scriptural truth to the masses. With the heart of a pastor, he could take high doctrine and relate it to the lives of the average Christian. At the same time he could go head-to-head with any Biblical scholar. His depth and delivery ministered to those who listened to his teaching, whether in the pulpit at 10th Presbyterian in Philadelphia or on the radio. As a note, his radio program, The Bible Study Hour is still broadcast across the county.

The Boice Expository Commentary series was not just written by Boice but it "IS" James Boice. You can hear him speak through the words of this book and all the books in this series. These commentaries are not academic expositions of scripture but practical expositions with a focus on application. Very pastoral. I love using these commentaries in preparation for teaching small group studies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong commentary from the Presbyterian perspective 4 July 2008
By David A. Bielby - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a well written commentary that is rich with references that feed into the meaning of each verse. The strong emphasis on sovereignty that good Presbyterians typically comes through in Boice's perspective (unique among the commentaries I have read) on why John wrote these letters. Boice skips all the statements by John in the earlier part of the letter where he says 'we write to you because...' and focuses on the last one in chapter 5. Boice says John didn't write for any other reason that to give the Christians assurance of their faith. The exclusive focus on assurance is not found in any other commentary I have read. This is Boice's strength. He brings unique concepts to the table. This is also his weakness. He has a bias towards the distinctive doctrines of Presbyterians. And this commentary clearly shows this bias.

Yet even with the bias, this is a commentary that will feed the spirit with rich cuts of prime steaks. He is no slacker when it comes to thinking through the exegetical nuances of a passage. Even if you are not a Presbyterian (and I'm not), you will be blessed by Boice's thoughts. He's provoking and passionate about his faith in his expressions in this commentary.

One point that I might note is that on some of his lexical work I was left wanting more. For example, in discussing 'ilasmos' the word often translated propitiation in 1 John 2:1-2, Boice tilts towards a legal definition giving almost a courtroom impression of this term. However, Smalley and others show extensively why this should not be viewed as a legal term in John, and Smalley gives the preferred meaning 'intercessor' or advocate in that sense of the word. So sometimes Boice is brilliant and other times I am left wanting a fuller explanation. This goes to show that it's good to consult more than one commentary, especially on crucial verses like 1 John 2:1-2.

If you have thought deeply about the links between John 1:1 and Genesis 1:1..and the differences between the related passages, Boice will tie in to these concepts intelligently and in a way that is easily grasped and convincing. Overall I am very glad to have this particular commentary and highly recommend it to everyone. I use it quite often and it is in my top five commentaries for John's letters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still an excellent reference 29 Mar 2014
By H. Laack - Published on Amazon.com
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More than just a study guide but not as in depth as a commentary, Boice's handling of these three little epistles will be a valuable tool for anyone seeking to pull out all the wisdom on living a Christian life that the Apostle John laid out in arguing against the views of,those trying to tear the early church apart. Well worth having in your collection of Bible study tools, whether as a pastor or lay person.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Study Tool 13 Dec 2013
By T. Hiegel - Published on Amazon.com
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I use Boice among others when I research for my own writings. I have always enjoyed his thoughts and always "pick up" a new thought or two. Not sure if a young Christian would understand some of his interpretation, but any student could grow from reading Boice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A commentary you can read... 3 Feb 2013
By Sheri Glick - Published on Amazon.com
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I have often found commentaries to be long & dry. James Montgomery Boice fills the pages with Bible based truth and insights that are so easy to take away with you. The truths are practical and he makes it clear how they can be applied. I have read a number of his commentaries and look forward to reading others.
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