1,2 & 3 John

Daniel L. Akin

1,2 & 3 John
1,2 & 3 John

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Series: New American Commentary
Categories: Johannine Epistles
Tags: Pastoral


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4.55 out of 5 based on 6 user ratings
Phillip J. Long August 9, 2012 4.8 5
Akin affirms the traditional view that John the Apostle wrote both the Gospel and Letters which bear his name in the New Testament. Like most, Akin understands that John was writing in response to an attack from a specific false teaching concerning Jesus, but also a defective morality and arrogant spirituality (31). In the introduction he has a brief overview of the theology of the letters, including a paragraph on the overlooked eschatology of the letters. The body of the commentary prints the English text followed by detailed comments with Greek in transliteration. This makes for a readble commentary which will be useful for preparing to preach these letters. [Full Review]
John Glynn September 20, 2008 5 5
Brian LeStourgeon July 31, 2008 4.5 5
Akin is a good semi-technical commentary with a real commitment to exposition. Colin Kruse (PNTC, 2000) is another choice.
George Fox Evangelical Seminary Portland, OR 97223 This commentary on the Johannine epistles is part of a series, based on the New International Version, published for Southern Baptists and other evangelicals. Its author, Daniel L. Akin, is the Dean of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. As the general editors of the series state, all of the authors of volumes in the NAC series “affirm the divine inspiration, inerrancy, complete truthfulness, and full authority of the Bible,” and the theological perspective of the commentaries is “unapologetically confessional and rooted in the evangelical tradition” (p. 7). They seek to combine conservative biblical scholarship with an attention to the preaching and teaching needs of pastors and churches. Akin’s commentary on 1-3 John is a good example of these guiding principles and their inherent strengths and limitations. In the Introduction to 1 John, which the table of contents mistakenly lists as an introduction to all three epistles (each letter actually has its own separate introduction), Akin affirms, without substantial discussion of the alternatives and problems, apostolic authorship of the three Johannine letters. He reads the prologue to 1 John (1:1-4) as requiring an eyewitness author and thinks that other views are unwarranted skepticism. Contrary to most readers of these letters, Akin sees the Elder as a dogmatically authoritative writer, consistent with his being the apostle John, one of the “sons of thunder,” who also wrote the Fourth Gospel. The letters of John are written after the Gospel, from Ephesus, toward the end of the first century, and they intend to correct a Christological misinterpretation of the Fourth Gospel. Akin describes the occasion of 1 John as a crisis of false teaching and prefers to call the Elder’s opponents “heretics.” They have left “the Christian community” (p. [Full Review]

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