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Second Clement: An Introductory Commentary (Apostolic Fathers Commentary)

, 2020
ISBN: 9781532661464


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The document called Second Clement was not a letter, nor was it written by Clement. It originated as an address to a congregation and is preserved among the group of writings known as the Apostolic Fathers. Unlike First Clement, it is one of the least known of these writings, yet preserves a fascinating window into the life of early believers. Its overall message is that Christians should render a payback to God for his grace shown to them in Christ. Second Clement offers a fascinating window into the life of the early church.

  • Provides an exegetical, theological, and historical commentary
  • Features insights into an early Christian congregation
  • Focuses on grammatical and intertextual issues
If the Apostolic Fathers are regularly neglected by New Testament scholars, then 2 Clement must be one of the most neglected of them. This short but multi-faceted second-century document provides a host of interesting insights into an early Christian congregation. Will Varner has provided a very useful and handy introduction to this book and its interpretive issues. He offers a clear and useful translation, a series of helpful introductory essays, and a concise commentary on its twenty chapters. I highly recommend this volume as a great beginning point for study of 2 Clement.

—Stanley E. Porter, President, Dean, and Professor of New Testament, Roy A. Hope Chair in Christian Worldview, McMaster Divinity College

William Varner’s focus on theological, grammatical, and intertextual issues provides a solid basis for examining this valuable second-century writing. Whether you are new to Second Clement or a seasoned scholar, Varner’s introduction and commentary will be a helpful companion as you navigate the text of this early Christian writing.

—Rick Brannan, editor of The Apostolic Fathers: A New Translation

Varner has done an excellent job discussing the genre, unity, and structure of 2 Clement. The comparison to patron-client relations is absolutely correct. It makes sense of what is going on in the text.

—Robert Knapp, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, and author of The Dawn of Christianity

  • Title: Second Clement: An Introductory Commentary
  • Author: William Varner
  • Series: Apostolic Fathers Commentary
  • Publisher: Cascade
  • Print Publication Date: 2020
  • Logos Release Date: 2021
  • Pages: 166
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Second epistle of Clement to the Corinthians; Christian literature, Early › Greek authors
  • ISBNs: 9781532661464, 9781532661471, 9781532661488
  • Resource Type: Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-11-10T16:57:47Z

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William Varner

Dr. William Varner is Professor of Bible and Greek at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California. After earning degrees from Bob Jones University and the Biblical Theological Seminary, he served as a pastor in Pennsylvania for seven years, during which time he earned another master’s degree and took his first trip to Israel—an experience that would leave an indelible mark on his ministry. While serving for 17 years with The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry in New Jersey, he earned a third master’s degree (in Jewish Studies at Dropsie College, now the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania) and a doctorate (at Temple University in Philadelphia).

Besides teaching Bible exposition courses and Greek Exegesis at The Master’s College, Dr. Varner is Director of IBEX, the college’s overseas campus in Israel, and has led 46 study trips to Israel. He has also pastored the Sojourners fellowship in Grace Community Church for 16 years.

Dr. Varner is the author of several books, including The Chariot of Israel: Exploits of the Prophet of ElijahAwake O Harp: A Devotional Commentary on the Psalms, and The Letter of James. He has also written over 100 articles appearing in academic journals and popular magazines.  He loves participating in Civil War reenactments, reading the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien and Daniel Silva, and traveling overseas with his wife Helen.



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    Digital list price: $25.00
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