The Letters of 2 Peter and Jude

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Author’s Preface

When Don Carson presented me with the opportunity to write the present volume, I was both humbled and thankful. Humbled, because I realized that he was trusting me to complete the job of exegeting some difficult literature. Thankful, because, having written commentaries on James (NIGTC, 1982) and 1 Peter (NICNT, 1990), I had wanted to complete my work on the General Epistles. I had thought that having given away the 2 Peter–Jude NICNT volume (to Robert L. Webb), I might never get to finish my coverage of these letters.

What I did not realize at the time I accepted the invitation to write was that life would take me from Langley, British Columbia, where I could foresee having time to do significant writing, to Mittersill, Austria, where I had little time at all to write, to Innsbruck, Austria, where Jude and half of 2 Peter were finished, and finally to Meadows Place, Texas, where the work was completed. A project I had expected to complete in three to five years has taken more than ten. I appreciate the patience of the editors and the publishers for waiting all of that time.

While I was not actively writing all of that time, I was certainly learning. Parts of this volume could not have been written as well as they are without various experiences along the way, ranging from what I learned from Ralph P. Martin, Daniel Reid, and the many contributors during the editing of the Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997) to what I learned from colleagues in seminars of the Studiorum Novi Testamentum Societas and Colloquium Biblicum Lovenienses and the four-year-long Bard College James project chaired by Bruce Chilton and Jacob Neusner and sponsored by Frank T. Crohn. I also must not forget the Facharbeitsgemeinschaft für Neuen Testament of Arbeitsgemeinschaft für evangelikale Theologie

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The Letters of 2 Peter and Jude
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Pillar New Testament Commentary i
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Series Preface viii
  • Author’s Preface x
  • Abbreviations xii
  • Select Bibliography xxi
  • General Introduction 1
  • The Letter of Jude 5
  • Introduction to Jude 7
  • Commentary on Jude 33
  • The Letter of 2 Peter 119
  • Introduction to 2 Peter 121
  • Commentary on 2 Peter 159
  • Index of Modern Authors 319
  • Index of Subjects 322
  • Index of Scripture References 327
  • Index of Extrabiblical Literature 341
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