Jude calls believers to stand firm in their belief in Jesus’ messiahship, even when various forms of rebellion occur around them. In this comprehensive volume, Herbert Bateman examines the historical, cultural, and literary context of Jude’s letter, identifying the “godless” as Zealots and other Judaeans caught up in an insurgence against Rome. At the same time, the letter admonishes readers to extend mercy to those who inadvertently rebel against God, both inside and outside the church.
Herb Bateman’s Jude gives us a thorough introduction to the book followed by careful and detailed exegesis. Most any question one has about this epistle finds skilled treatment here. The detail shows how rich reflection on Scripture can be.
—Darrell L. Bock, senior research professor of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
It is a pleasure for me to recommend Herb Bateman’s commentary on the sometimes overlooked but significant New Testament book the Epistle of Jude. The strength of his work is its detailed engagement with relevant ancient Jewish writings and the religious issues of Judaism in the first century as well as with political events in Judea in the mid-60s AD that form the backdrop of Jude’s epistle in his view. His carefully researched treatment includes a number of valuable sections on each passage, such as text-critical notes, structural outline, detailed exegesis, and comments on biblical theology and application to life. Highly recommended for a fresh look at the Epistle of Jude—and at the broader world of an important part of the early church!
—Buist Fanning, senior professor emeritus of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
Bateman's commentary on the Letter of Jude is a helpful reminder that books—even the inspired books of the Bible—do not simply fall from heaven. Jude wrote his letter within a concrete set of historical circumstances, within a sociopolitical reality that served to shape his message and his teaching against rebellion. Bateman's willingness to sift through the data concerning the historical context of Jude’s letter opens up new avenues for carefully interpreting this book and understanding its relevance within our own context today.
—Joel Williams, professor of New Testament and Greek, Cedarville University
The Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series incorporates the latest in critical biblical scholarship, yet each volume is written from a distinctly evangelical perspective. The authors explore the context and meaning of the biblical books while showing the value and truth of the texts in ancient times and today. These commentaries present historical and literary insights for understanding the text within the Bible’s larger story and applying it to everyday life.
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Herbert Bateman runs the Cyber-Center for Biblical Studies, and he serves as an adjunct faculty member for Liberty Seminary. He has also served on the faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Moody Bible Institute, Grace Theological Seminary, Taylor University of the Upland, Tyndale Theological Seminary in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Asian Theological Seminary in Manila, the Philippines, and Dallas Theological Seminary. He has a BS from Philadelphia Biblical University, a ThM Dallas Theological Seminary, and a PhD Dallas Theological Seminary.