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The NIV Application Commentary 2 Peter, Jude Hardcover – January 6, 1997
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Concise exegesis to help readers understand the original meaning of the biblical text in its historical, literary, and cultural context.
A bridge between the world of the Bible and the world of today, built by discerning what is timeless in the timely pages of the Bible.
Identification of comparable situations to those faced in the Bible and explores relevant application of the biblical messages. The author alerts the readers of problems they may encounter when seeking to apply the passage and helps them think through the issues involved.
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“The NIV Application Commentary series doesn’t fool around: It gets right down to business, bringing this ancient and powerful Word of God into the present so that it can be heard and delivered with all the freshness of a new day, with all the immediacy of a friend’s embrace.”
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|Author||David P. Nystrom||Scot McKnight||Douglas J. Moo||Gary M. Burge||Craig S. Keener||George H. Guthrie, David P. Nystrom, Scot McKnight, Douglas J. Moo, Gary M. Burge, Craig S. Keener|
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About the Author
Douglas J. Moo (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is the Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. His work centers on understanding the text of the New Testament and its application today. He has written extensively in several commentary series, including the NIV Application Commentary, Pillar Commentary, Tyndale New Testament Commentary, and the New International Commentary on the New Testament.
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First, 2 Peter chapter 1 verse 2 presents one of the most theologically significant verses on Christology in the whole New Testament. Yet professor Moo, while briefly acknowledging this fact, as well as the high Christology reflected throughout 2 Peter, largely brushes past the application of this highly significant text to the religious climate of our time. I find this surprising and even troubling, given the hundreds if not thousands of cult groups in the Western World pandering theological error in colleges and universities. I was prompted to order this commentary after just last week a JW appeared at my backdoor, trying to save himself - and me - through belief in the Watchtower’s false man-angel-less-than-God-Christ! Surprisingly, Moo makes no mention of the Christological errors in church history and aberrations which abound, and which apply directly to this verse and to 2 Peter as a whole. Really – are you kidding me?
Secondly, instead of applying the first eleven verses of 2 Peter to spiritual transformation, Doug Moo spends more time actually pitting Peter’s teaching on spiritual discipline against Paul’s teaching on spiritual transformation. He then speaks out of two sides of his mouth when he argues against a Pauline perspective to discipline ourselves, work hard and obey God, as opposed to making progress in the Christian life, also through discipline as Peter maintains (what???). In arguing this way, Moo pits one group/apostle against another (isn’t this called division?)! Wow – I wonder what Paul and Peter would have to say about Moo’s tactics??? I realize that Moo is arguing against certain interpretations, but if so, why does he feel compelled to single out and off-set quotes directly from Paul as if to set them up as a target and then attack them (pg. 57)? Furthermore, Moo actually argues against an ontological inner change in a believer (pg. 56) at conversion (isn’t that called regeneration?), resulting in an inner progressive transformation (isn’t that called sanctification?)!
Thirdly, Dr. Moo also wastes a great deal of space presenting contextualization language theory, and thus minimizing the significance of certain words in the Biblical text. Yet, we know that every word of God is significant and inspired. 2 Peter 1:2 is the ultimate example, out of the whole New Testament, of the utmost importance of every single word in the Biblical text. Yet Moo minimizes the importance of specific Biblical words (pg. 55) through contextualization - if they don’t square with his theological interpretation - sounds like the guy at my back door! To be honest, I wouldn’t trust this guy to be my pastor or teacher!
I understand what Moo is attempting to do, sadly however his discussion on the first eleven verses of 2 Peter is the type of theological debate one might expect in a theological classroom, but not on a street corner. One could even argue from his own words that Dr. Moo is dangerously lax on the doctrines of unity among the brethren, inspiration, salvation, and sanctification! Dr. Moo seems more bent on causing theological arguments, like prodding an ingrown toenail, than actually understanding, explaining, teaching, and applying the text of 2 Peter to real, contemporary concerns. I’m sorry, but I cannot recommend this commentary. I don’t care how great people say that Dr. Moo is, I believe this work is a disservice to the church, the apostles, and to the precious faith once delivered to the saints. He should have stayed with the text at hand instead of pitting his opinions against the apostle Paul. Perhaps by doing so he could have helped one more cult member be set free from their watchtower. Perhaps he needs to be set free himself.
1- It clarifies all the verses making them more understandable
2-It clarified also the historical backgrounds
3-It elucidates Peter's purpose in writing these verses and what he is trying to say to his readers and to us.
4-This book brings us back to the time of Peter and bridges us back to our present time and then give us applications of what we should be doing in light of what the Word of God says !
5-This series of NIV application commentaries are so good that after reading this book, I bought others in the series including John, 1,2 Timothy and Titus, and considering getting one for Romans by the same author!
6-I have used other commentaries such as ones by John Macarthur and other series which are quite excellent, but reading this book, I felt this series really bring the book of Peter2 alive! Highly recommended. Hope this is helpful! Also the navigation in this book is good so don't worry. I read the reviewed in other books in the series that they lacked the proper table of contents to help navigate to the verse you want to get deeper into. There is no such problems in this one !. I pray for the whole body of Christ that our eyes may be opened as well as our ears so we can understand the word more deeply and have a deeper understanding, walk, and friendship with God. Amen.