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ISBN: 978-0-8028-7577-8
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222 Pages
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Series: The Two Horizons New Testament Commentary

The letters from John written to churches at the end of the first century CE possess meaningful theological insight for Christians today—in a sense, they were written for us. 

True to this sense, Thomas Andrew Bennett keeps historical speculation to a minimum and delves into the theological depths of 1–3 John in this commentary. He begins by providing a new translation of the text from the Greek, along with verse-by-verse exegesis, and then moves into an extended reflection on a litany of relevant theological topics, including questions of trinitarianism, creation, faith, atonement, eschatology, salvation, the nature of divine and human love, and the composition of the church. In these pages, readers challenged by Johannine metaphors (“walking in the light,” “children of God,” etc.) will find clarity, and pastors will find detailed guidance for teaching and preaching. 

Bennett’s scholarship is critical but confessional, academic but accessible, and, above all, rooted in a faithful reverence that seeks not to read 1–3 John as a detached outsider to the text, but as the author’s fellow believer, so that the text’s theological concerns can be spoken to once again in a fresh and compelling way.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Two Horizons of the Letters of John
Interpretation: Theological Interpretation of 1–3 John
Theological Horizons of 1–3 John
The Trinity
Theological Epistemology: Knowing God
Trinitarianism in 1–3 John: Ambiguity in Speech about the Persons of the Godhead
From God Is Love to Nicaea: Incipient Trinitarianism in 1 John
Christ the Co-priest: The Fulfillment of the Temple
Soteriology in 1–3 John: In Jesus’s Name
In the Flesh: Incarnation and Christology in 1–3 John
Novel but Never New: Orthodox Theology in 1–3 John
God and Creation
A Redeemable Creation
Time in 1–3 John
The Unseen World: Spirit and Spirits in 1–3 John
On the Importance of the Physical in 1–3 John
God’s Character
God Beyond, God In: Transcendence and Immanence in 1 John
Divine Pathos in 1–3 John: God’s Joy
Theological Aesthetics in 1–3 John
The Love of God and the Death of God
God Listens: Divine Passibility in 1–3 John
Election and Eschatology
Transformation: Soteriology and Purgatory in 1–3 John
Eternal Security and Purgatory in 1–3 John
Eternity and Election: The Economy of Election in 1–3 John
Being Rewarded: Eschatology and Divine and Human Economics in 1–3 John
Apostolic Authority and Truth
Theological Epistemology: Community and Discernment
What a Canon! The Theological Import of 2–3 John
The Church
The Spirit of Anointing: Church as Spirit-Temple in 1–3 John
Ecclesiology in 1–3 John: The Family of God
Gender and Leadership: The Role of Women in 1–3 John
Intolerance and the Power of Speech in 1–3 John
True Church and Excommunication in 2–3 John
Ethics in 1–3 John: In Him
Open and Closed Doors: Christian Hospitality in 1–3 John
Money in 1–3 John
Power and Authority in 1–3 John