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Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament: First, Second, and Third John
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Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament: First, Second, and Third John


Baker Academic 2014

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In this addition to the well-received Paideia series, a senior New Testament scholar examines cultural context and theological meaning in First, Second, and Third John. Students, pastors, and other readers will appreciate the historical, literary, and theological insight offered in this practical commentary.

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For the other volumes in this series, check out the Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament (11 vols.)

Key Features

  • Examines cultural context and theological meaning
  • Discusses theological issues raised by the text
  • Provides notes, outlines, images, and tables

Praise for the Print Edition

Among a crowded field of commentaries on the letters of John, this volume is perhaps first among its peers. At once accessible, thorough, and conversant with the intricacies of the Greek text, Parsenios provides both scholar and preacher with enormously valuable insights. This may just become the first commentary many will reach for when working in these short letters.

Gary M. Burge, professor of New Testament, Wheaton College and Graduate School

This concise and able mid-range interaction with John’s letters draws on rich resources—ancient Greco-Roman backgrounds, patristic commentators, medieval art, and modern scholarship like that of Raymond Brown and Judith Lieu. John’s letters are seen as a coherent literary development of themes laid down earlier in the fourth Gospel. Parsenios’s creative exposition will stimulate fresh reflection on these letters’ literary strategy and on the characteristics of faithful fellowship in the Johannine tradition of ‘christomorphic life.’

Robert W. Yarbrough, professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

Parsenios’s years of scholarship on the Gospel of John pay dividends in this exciting new commentary on First, Second, and Third John. Parsenios has seamlessly integrated insights from ancient rhetorical handbooks, patristic interpretation, and modern scholarship. The analysis is clear and compelling, and a wealth of information is communicated in a clear and engaging manner. In short, Parsenios’s commentary on the Johannine Epistles is an admirable addition to the Paideia series, and the first place students of these beguiling letters should now turn.

—Jeremy F. Hultin, lecturer in New Testament, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia

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About George L. Parsenios

George L. Parsenios (PhD, Yale University) is associate professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of Departure and Consolation: The Johannine Farewell Discourses in Light of Greco-Roman Literature and Rhetoric and Drama in the Johannine Lawsuit Motif. His teaching and research explore the interaction of early Christianity with classical literature and the interpretation of the New Testament in the early church.

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