One of the earliest works of ground breaking scholar Richard Bauckham, this commentary provides a detailed examination of the socio-historical context with a special emphasis on the political state of the ancient world at the end of the first century. Bauckham reviews textual data, and draws out insight and applications for contemporary life.
The most natural reading of v 11 is that the ἄγγελοι (“angels”) are to be distinguished from the δόξαι (“glories”), and that κατʼ αὐτῶν (“against them”) refers back to δόξας, which must therefore designate evil angels.6 people highlighted this
Jude may therefore mean that those whom God loves are taken into the intimate fellowship of God’s love, embraced and enfolded by his love. To be in God’s love is to be “in God.”5 people highlighted this
Thus τοῦτο τὸ κρίμα refers to the condemnation at the Parousia, which is prophesied typologically in vv 5–7, 11, and directly in vv 14–15. That Jude uses κρίμα, referring to the sentence of condemnation more than to the punishment, fits his purpose of countering the antinomianism of the false teachers. He does not wish to prove simply that they are heading for destruction, but that their immoral behavior will incur divine condemnation.5 people highlighted this
The aorist participle indicates that the escape from corruption precedes the participation in divine nature.5 people highlighted this