In this addition to the acclaimed BECNT series, Robert Yarbrough offers a historical and theological commentary on the Johannine Epistles. The commentary explores the relationship between John’s Epistles and Jesus’ work and teaching, interacts with recent commentaries, reviews the history of interpretation, and seeks to relate these findings to global Christianity. Yarbrough looks at the Johannine Epistles from several perspectives—sociological, historical, and theological. The result is a guide that clearly and meaningfully brings 1–3 John to life for contemporary readers.
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[An] expert, stimulating, and astutely pastoral reading of the Epistles of John. . . . Not least in its lively and very considered analysis and translation of the Greek texts, Yarbrough’s commentary offers something worthwhile at every turn.
—John G. Lodge, Catholic Biblical Quarterly
By attempting to read 1–3 John in a fresh way, uncoerced by (though not uninformed by) scholarly tradition, Yarbrough offers a helpful and often different perspective on the Johannine Epistles, some of the most interpretively complex material in the New Testament. I find especially helpful his illuminating engagement with the history of interpretation, his careful attention to textual questions, and his quite insightful appeal to the language of the Greek version of the Old Testament (the background John and his audience shared).
—Craig S. Keener, professor of New Testament, Palmer Seminary
Robert W. Yarbrough (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is a professor of New Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He has authored, coauthored, or translated several books, including the groundbreaking textbook Encountering the New Testament. He is also coeditor of the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series.