1-3 John - Concordia Commentary

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Dr. Schuchard translates and exposits John 1-3 in his Concordia Commentary.
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This commentary dwells on the theological and pastoral wisdom of the three epistles of John. Arguing for original authorship by John the beloved disciple and last living apostle, it demonstrates that the epistles were generally well received by the early church. Based on the long oral ministry of John in Asia Minor, the brief letters assume familiarity with the faith and take the form of a general epistle in 1 John, an introductory letter in 2 John, and a situation-specific, personal and pastoral letter in 3 John, which deals with the conduct of an errant church leader. In this original translation, you’ll find John’s urging to rightly confess the faith in these the latter days.


  • John’s Occasion for Writing
  • On the 3 Epistles
  • John’s Legacy

About the Author
Dr. Bruce Schuchard is the dean of advanced studies and professor of exegetical theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1997.  His research interests include the Gospel of John, the Epistles of John and the Apocalypse of John.

"I especially appreciate the commentary's openness to theological and pastoral dimension of the text's message, matters that can be overlooked in an exegetical commentary. This feature suggests that the commentary will prove particularly valuable to seminary students seeking to get a feel for these epistles' message in light of ongoing scholarly discussion. Working pastors with aspirations to highlight God, Christ, and the gospel in their preaching will likewise find this to be a go-to homiletical resource for preaching from these epistles."
—Robert W. Yarbrough, Covenant Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

"This addition to the Concordia Commentary Series continues its long run as an excellent resource for Lutheran, incarnational, and sacramental commentaries on the Holy Scriptures. Weighing in at 752 pages of commentary on the three slight epistles of John, Dr. Schuchard has produced an exhaustive treatment of these texts. 1-3 John can easily be overlooked in Lutheran circles, where attention to the Pauline corpus sometimes trumps all other epistles. Schuchard argues for the importance of the Johannine corpus in the early church and in particular the importance of these letters as a reliable historical witness to the theological thought and legacy of the elder and apostle whose name was John."

"He has produced a commentary well worth a deep investment of time and study by anyone interested in the New Testament."
—Paul Gregory Alms, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Catawba, North Carolina

About the series

The Concordia Commentary Series: A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture is written to enable pastors and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the Biblical text.

The series will cover all the canonical books of the Old and New Testament, with an original translation and meticulous grammatical analysis of the Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek of each text. The foremost interpretive lens centers on the unified proclamation of the person and work of Christ across every Scriptural book.

The Commentary fully affirms the divine inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture; Each passage bears witness to the confession that God has reconciled the world to Himself through the incarnation, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ His Son.

Authors expose the rich treasury of language, imagery, and thematic content of the Scripture, while supplementing their work with additional research in archaeology, history, and extrabiblical literature. Throughout, God’s Word emanates from authors careful attention and inculcates the ongoing life of the Church in Word, Sacrament, and daily confession.

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Books of Bible1 John, 2 John, 3 John
Section of BibleNew Testament, General Epistles
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