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Pastor’s Bookshelf: 1-2 Peter (with Jude)


I’ve been negligent in getting the final posts done on New Testament commentaries, and I apologize. Today we list valuable commentaries on 1 and 2 Peter and Jude. Again, I’m open to any suggestions you might have.

No commentary is as complete as JH Elliott on 1 Peter, and it is the result of a career of studies on the letter: 1 Peter (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

PJ Achtemeier’s commentary is another landmark by a veteran NT scholar; complete, exegetical and theologically alert: 1 Peter: A Commentary on First Peter (Hermeneia: a Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible)
It feels like an injustice to postpone a commendation of J Ramsey Michaels’ exceptional commentary on 1 Peter to third place, but the competition is stiff; you can’t go wrong with Michaels: Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 49, 1 Peter

Karen Jobes has a readable, exegetical and solid commentary: 1 Peter (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)
and JB Green, who is a master commentator, has a literary and theologically alert work on 1 Peter:  1 Peter (Two Horizons New Testament Commentary)

 R Bauckham’s commentary on 2 Peter and Jude was ground-breaking in completeness and sensitivity to the Jewish context, drawing these two letters out of worn down theological diatribes and back into original contexts: Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 50, 2 Peter, Jude.
The first time I taught 1 Peter I discovered the quality of insight (and prose) of JND Kelly’s commentary on 1-2 Peter and Jude, and I still turn to this commentary every time I consult commentaries on any of these letters: Epistles of Peter and Jude (NT in Context Commentaries)
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matt judkins

posted October 14, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Ruth Anne Reese has an excellent commentary on 2 Peter & Jude in the Two Horizons New Testament Commentary Series. You may want to check it out.

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posted October 14, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Selwyn’s older commentary on 1 Peter is often overlooked, but really is quite good.

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Matthew Paugh

posted October 14, 2009 at 9:17 pm

I’m looking forward the forthcoming revision of Bauckham’s WBC contribution.

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posted October 15, 2009 at 12:20 am

I am finishing up a study on Jude and of the commentaries I used (Bauckham, Neyrey, Davids, Reese, and Green) Davids was my favorite. He was really well balanced in terms of approach to the text.

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posted October 16, 2009 at 11:02 am

Scott thank you for this.

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posted October 16, 2009 at 12:08 pm

I found Davids (NICNT) helpful for 1st Peter and Moo (NIVAC) very enjoyable for 2nd Peter.

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posted October 16, 2009 at 10:13 pm

i really like hermeniea

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