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1-3 John - Concordia Commentary

by Bruce Schuchard

Item #: 156061 / 2012 / 800 Pages

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About the Volume
These epistles represent the singular voice of an extraordinary theologian. John, the last living apostle, writes to his "children." For decades he has served as the elder father of the house churches of Asia Minor, but during his exile, false teaching has persuaded some to abandon the faith and the life of the community of the beloved. At least one church's leader has presumed to advance his own teaching at the expense of the apostle's instruction. Knowing that his days are numbered, John sends a general epistle, 1 John, together with its introductory cover letter, 2 John. In order to address the errant leader's conduct, he also sends a situation-specific, personal and pastoral addendum, 3 John. Rallying the faithful so that none would be lost to the ongoing threat of deception, John urges his children to confess by the Spirit in this last hour the man Jesus as the Son of the Father, come in the flesh in truth and love. The fulfillment of God's historic dealings with his people of old is Jesus' atoning sacrifice of himself. Through his shed blood, a cleansing flood, God confers the life of the age to come.


Endorsements

"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 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.

Dr. Schuchard earned a bachelors of science in atmospheric and oceanic science at the University of Michigan, and then received an MDiv at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He completed a PhD in New Testament studies at Union Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.

In his spare time, Dr. Schuchard enjoys music, sports, and spending time with his family. He lives in St. Louis with his wife, Sheryl, and their children, Will and Lydia.

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.

This landmark work will cover all the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, interpreting Scripture as a harmonious unity centered in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Every passage bears witness to the Good News that God has reconciled the world to Himself through our Lord's life, death, and resurrection.

The commentary fully affirms the divine inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture as it emphasizes "that which promotes Christ" in each pericope.

Authors are sensitive to the rich treasury of language, imagery, and themes found throughout Scripture, including such dialectics as Law and Gospel, sin and grace, death and new life, folly and wisdom, demon possession and the arrival of the kingdom of God in Christ. Careful attention is given to the original Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek. Further light is shed on the text from archaeology, history, and extra-biblical literature. Finally, Scripture's message is applied to the ongoing life of the church in terms of ministry, worship, proclamation of the Word, Baptism, the Lord's Supper, confession of the faith--all in joyful anticipation of the life of the world to come.

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