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1, 2, and 3 John

$29.99
Format: Hardcover

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A new commentary for today’s world, The Story of God Bible Commentary explains and illuminates each passage of Scripture in light of the Bible’s grand story. SGBC offers a clear and compelling exposition of biblical texts, guiding everyday readers in how to creatively and faithfully live out the Bible in their own contexts.
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A new commentary for today’s world, The Story of God Bible Commentary explains and illuminates each passage of Scripture in light of the Bible’s grand story. The first commentary series to do so, SGBC offers a clear and compelling exposition of biblical texts, guiding readers in how to creatively and faithfully live out the Bible in their own contexts. Its story-centric approach is ideal for pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and all who want to understand the Bible in today’s world.

SGBC is organized into three easy-to-use sections, designed to help readers live out God’s story: Listen to the Story; Explain the Story; and Live the Story.

Praise for SGBC:

“The easy-to-use format and practical guidance brings God’s grand story to modern-day life so anyone can understand how it applies today.”—Andy Stanley

“Opens up the biblical story in ways that move us to act.”—Darrell L. Bock

“It makes the text sing and helps us hear the story afresh.”—John Ortberg

“This commentary breaks new ground.”—Craig L. Blomberg

Contributor(s) Constantine R. Campbell , Tremper Longman III , Scot McKnight
About the Contributor(s) Constantine R. Campbell

Constantine R. Campbell (PhD, Macquarie University) is professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author of several books, including Advances in the Study of Greek, Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek, Keep Your Greek, Paul and Union with Christ, Outreach and the Artist, and 1, 2 & 3 John in The Story of God Bible Commentary series. Con is a scholar, public speaker, musician, and author, and lives in Lake Zurich, IL with his wife and three children.



Tremper Longman III

Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is a distinguished scholar and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is on the advisory council of the BioLogos Foundation, and is the Old Testament editor for the revised Expositor's Bible Commentary and general editor for the Story of God Bible Commentary Old Testament, and has authored many articles and books on the Psalms and other Old Testament books.



Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight (PhD, Nottingham) is the Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lisle, Illinois. He is the author of more than fifty books, including the award-winning The Jesus Creed as well as The King Jesus Gospel, A Fellowship of Differents, One.Life, The Blue Parakeet, and Kingdom Conspiracy.

 

UPC 025986327323
ISBN-10 0310327326
ISBN-13 9780310327325
Release Date Mar 21, 2017
Weight (lbs) 1.1110
Height 9.30
Width 6.30
Length 272
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $29.99
Series The Story of God Bible Commentary
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Ben
Overall Rating
I cannot say that First John is my favorite book of the Bible, but it is the book that challenges me the most. The structure--the repeating patterns, the beauty, the brevity, and the depth of it always leave me wanting more to understand it.  This commentary--1, 2, & 3 John by Constantine R. Campbell--makes a fine daily study in the three short letters John wrote. It is part of a series called The Story of God Bible Commentary, published by Zondervan.

These commentaries have three portions in each chapter:  Listen to the Story, Explain the Story, and Live the Story.  The method is useful for morning studies, but would also be beneficial for sermon preparation, family devotions, or any other format.  Listening to the passage of Scripture is self explanatory, but it is also important not to forget.  I confess to having jumped into a passage when working to prepare a lesson or sermon without having spent enough time just looking and listening to the words of the Bible. 

In the portion on explaining the story, Campbell weaves in the textual issues regarding Greek words, interpretive challenges, and different views held by other commentators.  I especially enjoyed some of the quotes Campbell included from Augustine.

Living the story is the application.  Here Campbell includes stories and anecdotes along with specific suggestions on how to practice what is being learned.  As a fan of Charles Spurgeon's methods of using anecdotes and quips to enhance his sermons, I found this book full of plenty of encouraging and usable material. 

Although the largest portion of this book was devoted to First John, I really benefited from the shorter and often raced through letters of Second and Third John.

This book was enjoyable to read and would be enjoyable to read again either for morning devotions or for lesson preparation.

If I were to venture a criticism, I would say that I prefer a translation other than the NIV for the listening and study text. But that does not detract from the usefulness of this commentary.

My copy was provided to me as a review copy and I am not obligated to sing the praises of this book. But having been blessed in the reading of it, I do sing its praises. Even more, I praise God for giving us John's letters. (Posted on 2/3/2018)

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