"John evidently loves the people committed to his care," says John Stott in the preface to this commentary on 1, 2 and 3 John. "They are his 'dear children,' his 'dear friends.' He longs to protect them from both error and evil and to see them firmly established in faith, love and holiness. He has no new doctrine for them. On the contrary, he appeals to them to remember what they already know, have and are. He warns them against deviating from this and urges them to remain loyal to it. Whenever innovators trouble the church, and ridicule whatever is old or traditional, we need to hear and heed John's exhortation, to continue in what we have learned and received, and to let it continue in us." The Tyndale New Testament Commentaries have long been a trusted resource for Bible study. Written by some of the world's most distinguished evangelical scholars, these twenty volumes offer clear, reliable, and relevant explanations of every book in the New Testament. These Tyndale volumes are designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means. The introduction to each volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date, and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. The commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. It also comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The aim throughout is to get at the true meaning of the Bible and to make its message plain to readers today. The original, unrevised text of this volume has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the new cover design for the series
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Stott provides an wonderful piece that is excels in both solid scholarship as well as practical and pastoral application. Unquestionably, there are sections in which he is quiet technical, particularly when dealing with issues of language. But he never becomes lost there, each time he emerges with rich treasure for his labor and so will you. If you have been limited to more devotional or applicable style commentaries Stott's handling of John's Letters is a sweet place to begin a transitional is a more substantive and robust commentaries.
I will read any commentary by John Stott. There might be only a few I haven't read yet, and this was my second time through this one. But I will read him anytime, anywhere.
Some commentaries fail to illuminate the text. They spend hundreds of pages on word studies and etymology and historical usage of terms, but they fail to get at the author's main points and flow of thought. (I think of F.F. Bruce and Leon Morris as some chief examples here: good theologians and historians, but not the best commentators.)
Not Stott. He is concise and clear. He explains the text and the author's logic. This enables him to make helpful connections to the present day.
If you study a book of the Bible that Stott has a commentary for, get it. The Letters of John is a great place to start.
The Anglican minister John Stott's excellent book The Epistles of John is a fine read for the beginning Bible student. He begins each section with an overview, and then dives into a deep analysis of each individual verse. When not analyzing a particular verse, he often leaves the study of the epistles themselves to discuss a relevant theological point, while taking into consideration various competing views. Although dry at times, the information he presents is most valuable, and his method is effective. I read the book for less than thirty minutes a day and finished it in a month.
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