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This updated and revised Pillar commentary seeks to clearly explain the meaning of the letters of John to teachers, pastors, and general readers looking for a reliable and trusted resource for personal study. Colin Kruse introduces the important issues involved in interpreting the Johannine letters, gives verse-by-verse comments, and provides extensive discussion of major theological themes, including the real humanity of Christ, atonement, the role of the Spirit, Christian assurance, koinōnia, Christian love, and eternal life.
The Pillar New Testament Commentary, designed for serious readers of the Bible, seeks above all to make clear the meaning of the text of Scripture as we have it. Writers of the PNTC volumes interact with the most important, informed contemporary debate yet avoid undue technical detail. Their ideal is a blend of rigorous exegesis and exposition, scholarship and pastoral sensitivity, with an eye alert both to biblical theology and to the contemporary relevance of the Bible.
“Serious students of the Johannine literature will find in this book a reliable and trustworthy guide to John’s letters. Kruse brilliantly reconstructs the context of the struggles that John’s church faced, and he successfully expounds the apostle’s defense of orthodox belief in what must have been a tumultuous and difficult era. Many generations will find themselves in Kruse’s debt for his outstanding contribution.” — Gary M. Burge, Calvin Theological Seminary
“A splendid achievement and a welcome addition to the excellent Pillar series. The numerous notes on Johannine themes and the helpful attention to the relevant patristic sources are notable features. Comprehensive, thorough, and judicious, Kruse’s work promises to be a standard for many years.” — Paul Barnett, former bishop of North Sydney, Australia
Colin G. Kruse is senior lecturer in New Testament at Melbourne School of Theology, Australia. His other books include the Pillar New Testament Commentary on Romans and Tyndale New Testament Commentary volumes on John and 2 Corinthians.