One of the earliest works of ground breaking scholar Richard Bauckham, this commentary provides a detailed examination of the socio-historical context with a special emphasis on the political state of the ancient world at the end of the first century. Bauckham reviews textual data, and draws out insight and applications for contemporary life.
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“This passage does not mean that moral progress provides the Christian with a subjective assurance of his election (the sense it was given by Luther and Calvin, and especially in seventeenth-century Calvinism), but that the ethical fruits of Christian faith are objectively necessary for the attainment of final salvation.” (Page 190)
“There are fifty-seven words not found elsewhere in the NT.” (Page 135)
“The phrase is a rhetorical variation on θεία δύναμις (‘divine power’) and presumably refers to the incarnate life, ministry and resurrection of Christ as a manifestation of divine power by means of which he called men and women to be Christians.” (Page 179)
“However, it is equally clear that 2 Peter belongs to the genre of ancient Jewish literature known to modern scholars as the ‘farewell speech’ or ‘testament.’” (Page 131)
“It denotes piety toward the gods, but also, especially in Jewish and Christian usage, the respect for God’s will and the moral way of life which are inseparable from the proper religious attitude to God.” (Page 178)
Richard Bauckham (1946– ) was professor of New Testament studies at St Mary's College, University of St Andrews. He retired in 2007 from this position in order to concentrate on research and writing. He currently is the senior scholar at Ridley Hall in Cambridge and visiting professor at St. Mellitus College.
Bauckham earned a PhD at the University of Cambridge and was a fellow of St John's College. He taught theology for one year at the University of Leeds and for 15 years at the University of Manchester before teaching at the University of St Andrews. He is a fellow of the British Academy and a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Bauckham is known for his commentary on Jude and 2 Peter in the Word Biblical Commentary and his book Jude and the Relatives of Jesus in the Early Church.
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