1 2 3 John
Believers Church Bible Commentary
Product Code: 9555
Binding Information: Paperback / softback
Size: 8.50 x
Publication Date: 5/4/2011
Availability: In stock.
Written during a time of church schism that has left Christians confused and questioning their status before God, the author of 1,2, 3 John argues that the Christian life has two fundamental markers: Acceptance of Jesus Christ’s role in God’s plan of salvation, and the need to practice love in interactions with other believers.
In his commentary, the 24th volume in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series, J. E. McDermond shows that that these two crucial concepts are as relevant and important today as they were back then.
This Believers Church Bible Commentary series is a readable series of commentaries for all who seek more fully to understand the original message of Scripture and its meaning for today—Sunday school teachers, members of Bible study groups, students, pastors, and other seekers. The Believers Church Commentary Series is a cooperative project of Brethren in Christ Church, Brethren Church, Church of the Brethren, Mennonite Brethren Church, Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada.
"McDermond is well informed on traditional and contemporary evaluations of the letters, well aware of their weaknesses, and well able to draw on their strengths. This is a commentary to use with confidence." -James D. G. Dunn, Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, Durham University
"This commentary takes on difficult questions of how these New Testament books spoke to their first-century context and what contemporary Christians should make of their advice. McDermond refuses to get hooked by traditional dualistic interpretations, instead reading the Johannine correspondence as basic theology and functional ethics intertwined." -Nancy R. Heisey, Professor of Biblical Studies, Eastern Mennonite University
"A highly readable, insightful, and skillfully analytical exploration of these vital epistles. The themes of Christology, relationship of faith to life, faith and love in action, sin and forgiveness, are handled with wisdom and sensitivity, with good attention to how these epistles have been understood and applied throughout the church's history."
- -Gary Knarr, Pastor, First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ontario
"McDermond weaves the Gospel of John throughout his analysis, providing an additional degree of comprehensiveness and cohesion. After reading this commentary, one feels one knows Johannine thought more thoroughly overall."
--Lynn H. Cohick, Associate Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College
"McDermond's treatment is extremely thorough, providing the reader with a wealth of information. At the same time, the lively interplay between the text in its biblical context and the text in the life of the church reveals his concern for relating this material to the needs and issues facing the twenty-first century church."
- -Robert Smith, Pastor, First Mennonite Church, Iowa City Iowa
"This commentary promises to be a helpful resource for pastors and anyone else who seeks to better understand the epistles of John and untangle their complexities. The author's liberal use of visual diagrams brings greater clarity to what could be some confusing sections."
--Pauline C. Allison Peifer, Executive Pastor, Grantham Brethren in Christ Church, Grantham, Pennsylvania
"McDermond provides new and intriguing insights into these epistles. With careful attention to the authenticity of the text, he offers a commentary characterized by clarity, relevance, and wisdom. Serious students and dedicated teachers of the Scriptures should enthusiastically embrace McDermond's contribution."
--Kim S. Phipps, President, Messiah College