This third release in Zondervan’s Biblical Theology of the New Testament series offers a comprehensive exploration of the theology of James, 1-2 Peter, and Jude, including introductory issues and major themes, but also shows how each book relates to the broad picture of New Testament theology.
In this volume, Peter Davids offers a comprehensive study of the General or Catholic Epistles of James, 1-2 Peter, and Jude, which are often insufficiently covered in more general New Testament introductions, theologies, and surveys. Before discussing a theology of each of the four letters, Davids first deals with their common aspects—their shared background in the Greco-Roman world and a similar Christology, view of the source of sin, and eschatology—thus justifying their being treated together. In the chapters that follow, Davids embarks upon a theological reading of each letter informed by its social-rhetorical understanding—what they meant in the context of their original cultural settings—including: a survey of recent scholarship, a discussion of relevant introductory issues, a thematic commentary, a treatment of important theological themes, and a discussion of the place of the letter in the biblical canon and its contribution to New Testament theology.
The Biblical Theology of the New Testament (BTNT) series provides upper college and seminary-level textbooks for students of New Testament theology, interpretation, and exegesis. Pastors and discerning theology readers alike will also benefit from this series. Written at the highest level of academic excellence by recognized experts in the field, the BTNT series not only offers a comprehensive exploration of the theology of every book of the New Testament, including introductory issues and major themes, but also shows how each book relates to the broad picture of New Testament theology.
“Another feature of these letters is that all of them view sin or human evil as rooted in desire (epithymia)” (Page 25)
“They agree that a day is coming—coming quickly for James” (Page 26)
“in which God or Jesus will judge the living and the dead” (Page 26)
“It is therefore our conclusion that the best explanation of the data is that the letter of James was written shortly after the death of James, the brother of Jesus, making use of sermons and sayings stemming from James (and/or Jesus).” (Page 41)
A clear, thorough work from an eminent scholar of the General Epistles, A Theology of James, Peter, and Jude is sure to be a valuable resource for the classroom.
—Karen H. Jobes, Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor of New Testament Greek & Exegesis, Wheaton College and Graduate School
With key commentaries on James, the two epistles of Peter, and Jude under his belt, there are few scholars in the arena better equipped than Peter Davids to tackle a theology of these central texts in the Catholic collection. Davids is clear, comprehensive, and cogent as he helps us hear the heartbeat of books often neglected in church and curriculum.
—Gene L. Green, Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College and Graduate School
For forty years Peter Davids has labored lovingly over the Catholic Epistles; now he offers us the mature fruit of that labor. He delivers what the series promises: a rich theological reading of James, Peter, and Jude grounded in exegesis and well informed by the best in recent scholarship. If you want to know how to do biblical theology, look no further.
—David B. Capes, Thomas Nelson Research Professor, Houston Baptist University
In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.