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1 & 2 Peter and Jude: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition

ISBN: 9780834125131



Peter is without question the most prominent of the disciples of Jesus. Based on Peter's prominent role, one would expect any letters associated with Peter to play an equally significant role among the New Testament canonical writings. But this has not been the case.

This inattention is unfortunate, because 1 Peter contains significant theology and pastoral care. Wherever the church has undergone suffering, 1 Peter has proven to be extremely relevant. Suffering is not usually a popular or attractive theme. But if Jesus and Paul are correct, the church will suffer. Whenever that occurs, 1 Peter stands as a source of comfort and guidance.

2 Peter offers a message today's believers should not be so quick to ignore. Believers can learn from the ancient message of 2 Peter to be on guard against postmodern forms of ethical relativism and theological pluralism. This letter reminds Christians that the only solid foundation for truth is found in the Scriptures and the apostolic tradition.

Jude is one of the shortest letters in the Bible. Sandwiched between the letters of John and the Revelation, Jude is arguably the least well-known writing of the Christian Scriptures. Nonetheless, the message of Jude is a relevant and needed warning against false teaching and pseudo-Christianity. Jude sounds the alarm against a form of Christianity that tries to separate Christian belief from Christian behavior. The chords of Jude's message seem out of tune in the cacophony of today's popular clamor for tolerance and moral relativity. But its message is as necessary as ever.

Daniel Powers moves verse-by-verse through 1 & 2 Peter and Jude after providing in-depth introductions to each book.

  • The latest scholarship from notable experts in the Wesleyan tradition
  • Convenient introductory material for each book of the Bible including information on authorship, date, history, audience, sociological/cultural issues, purpose, literary features, theological themes, hermeneutical issues, and more
  • Clear verse-by-verse explanations, which offer a contemporary, Wesleyan-based understanding derived from the passage’s original language
  • Comprehensive annotation divided into three sections: 1. Background elements behind the text 2. Verse-by-verse details and meanings found in the text 3. Significance, relevance, intertextuality, and application from the text
  • Insight into theological issues, word meanings, archaeological connections, historical relevance, cultural customs, and more
  • Expanded bibliography for further study of historical elements, additional interpretations, and theological themes
  • Alex Varughese
  • Roger Hahn
  • George Lyons
  • Joseph Coleson
  • Robert Branson
  • Jim Edlin
  • Kent Brower
  • Frank G. Carver
  • Title: 1 & 2 Peter and Jude: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition
  • Author: Daniel Powers
  • Series: New Beacon Bible Commentary (NBBC)
  • Publisher: Beacon Hill Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 302

Daniel Powers is Professor of Bible at Nazarene Bible College. He has also served as Bible Lecturer at European Nazarene College. This ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene also holds degrees from Point Loma College, Nazarene Theological Seminary as well as a PH.D. from Leiden University.


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