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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; 2nd Revised edition edition (July 14, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802825184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802825186
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author Marshall is a very thorough researcher.
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Marshall's expository comments are well supported with clearly linked cross references that would fit well into any expository sermon.
David A. Bielby
This commentary produced by I. Howard Marshall is an excellent resource for any Biblical Scholar's library.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gunia VINE VOICE on September 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I. Howard Marshall is a professor of New Testament at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland), an author in numerous conservative commentary sets, and contributor to many scholarly journals. This work, in the New International Commentary on the New Testament Series, was found to be an excellent read--not only because of its fluid prose, but also because of its excellent scholarship.

Commentators approach a text with certain assumptions. The positions that Marshall begins with include: that John, Son of Zebedee and disciple of Jesus wrote these three epistles as well as the Gospel of John (but not Revelation); that these letters were written to address certain schisms in local churches, but that they were not necessarily all written to address a single crisis; and that they were written between the 60s and 90s AD, with 2 John written first, followed by 3 John, and finally 1 John.

One unique characteristic of Marshall's commentary is that he treats each of the three epistles individually (as opposed to trying to matrix the theology of each--reading each through the window of the other) and in the order in which he believes they were written (2 John, 3 John, 1 John). The result is that the New Testament's briefest books--2 John and 3 John--receive a much more complete treatment than they normally receive. It was refreshing for this reader to see Marshall esteeming these often ignored books as divinely inspired Holy Scripture--which is what they are.

This reader also enjoyed Marshall's treatment of 1 John. He treats the epistle holistically, commenting on the particular verses while always keeping in mind what has preceded it and what will follow.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David A. Bielby VINE VOICE on July 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This commentary is worth owning for a number of reasons. (I'm a pastor working in the Greek text developing sermons right now on John's letters).

Marshall's expository comments are well supported with clearly linked cross references that would fit well into any expository sermon. Sometimes he gives illustrations for the less transparent points of the text, which results in superior clarity for most readers. The augments which one reviewer called 'fluff' are not fluff at all. They are helpful meditative points that can be used in preaching. I love it when commentators bear their intended audience in mind and give a helping hand in context. That makes this commentary better than most.

If you desire to deal in the Greek text, his footnotes are an excellent add on to that study. He also references a number of other scholars in the footnotes for more on any crucial points Marshall brings out.

Overall, this is a five star commentary that anyone doing serious exegesis for a sermon ought to consult.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William D. Curnutt TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 12, 2011
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The Epistles of John are a set of three short works towards the end of the New Testament. Two are just short letters and one is a longer (what I would term) teaching document.

I appreciated Howard Marshalls treatment of the three works. He did something I had not considered before. He talked about his belief that 2 and 3 John were written before 1 John. So, his commentary starts with an introduction to the three works and then proceeds with the commentary on 2 John, then 3 John and finally 1st John.

Why does he do that way you ask? Because he feels that 2nd and 3rd John are short letters, one to the 'beloved lady" and the other to his dear friend "Gaius." They deal with two subjects. 2nd John deals with the subject of some teachers claiming that Christ was not both God and Man. They did not believe that Christ (God) could take on human form. Or they put a spin on it that the Holy Spirit descended on Christ at His Baptism and then left him before the crucifixion.

Either way, their teaching was wrong and disruptive to the church. The short letter instructs the lady and her children to not give hospitality to those and thus aid in their false teaching. Marshall believes this is a short letter to address the issue and that the Apostle John wanted to visit the church to correct the teaching in person. But when he couldn't get there in person he wrote 1st John as a longer treatment of the problem and addressed it in ink on paper.

In 3rd John we have 'The Elder' addressing the problem of Demetrius wanted to take over control of the church and not share what the Elder and other traveling missionaries were teaching. Again it is a short work addressing a problem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen C. Jones on March 30, 2010
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I've only gone through 1 John so far, but I've done this book in detail and the NICNT was a great additional commentary. It's not as technical as I wanted it to be, but I. Howard Marshall has a way of being able to keep the main thing the main thing, instead of getting lost in exegetical details. That's something I got to say that I like about this book. There is good insight, background, etc.
If you are looking for a technical commentary, let me just say about this one that it's read as you would hear a sermon from a pastor. He doesn't tell you all the parsing info and stuff, he'll just tell you something like "the two commands are linked together as one idea..." It doesn't say all the technical details, but you can see that Marshall did his homework when preparing this commentary.
If you are trying to find the main point of the passage with details in each verse, then this commentary is for you. I was a little disappointed when I didn't see much for technicality since it's the "NIGNT" N.I.Greek N.T., but overall it's well worth the price.
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