5 Best 1 John Commentaries You Should Read First

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With so many 1 John commentaries, which are the best? These 1 John commentaries made it to our list of top books and we’ve compiled them to make it easy for you to find them. Please note that we did not write the descriptions ourselves (for our thoughts on books, check out our book reviews).

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1) The Letters of John (The Pillar New Testament Commentary (PNTC))


The 15 volume Pillar New Testament Commentary is designed both for serious students and for general readers of the Bible. The authors provide rigorous exegesis and exposition and contemporary relevance of the Bible. The New International Version is the translation of choice for the English text, the authors base their exposition on the Greek New Testament. The Letters of John is a truly superb commentary in the Pillar series and was written by Colin Kruse.

2) 1, 2, and 3 John (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)



The 18 volume, highly accessible Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series is known for its thoughtful scholarship for studying pastors and its readability for lay people. Authors include a wide variety of scholars from differing theological persuasions who investigate a variety of viewpoints. Each volume contains the original Greek words as well as the corresponding transliterated and translated phrases.  Robert Yarbrough, coauthor of the bestselling Encountering the New Testament, writes the John volume.

3) Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians, Volume 1: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Titus, 1-2 Timothy and 1-3 John



Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians, Volume 1: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Titus, 1-2 Timothy and 1-3 John is Ben Witherington’s innovative socio-rhetorical analysis of these New Testament books.  It is an innovative and important read by one of our generations top Biblical scholars.


4) 1, 2, 3 John (Rev.) (Word Biblical Commentary)



The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day. This series emphasizes a deep analysis of textual, linguistic, structural and theological evidence. Balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology is the end product. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for everyone from professional theologians to lay people interested in building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship. The volume on John is written by Stephen S. Smalley Ph.D.


5) The Letters of John: The NIV Application Commentary: From Biblical Text…to Contemporary Life



Dr. Gary M. Burge – professor of New Testament in the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College – shares perspectives on John that show ageless truths for our modern lives in this NIV Application Commentary. NIV Application Commentaries have three sections in each chapter: a textual analysis, a section bridging the ancient to the modern, and then modern applications. This top commentary is a must have for anyone who seriously wants to apply the Word of God to modern application.






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