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Category Archives: Theological Commentary

Theological Commentary: 1 John 2:3-6

Now by this we may be sure that we know him, if we obey his commandments. As the Elder makes clear throughout his treatise, one of the main goals of his writing is to give true and reliable modes of discernment to the church as to where they stand in relation to the God of […]

Excellence in Theological Commentary

Phil has posted a good quote from Brevard Childs on what makes for a good commentary: Does the commentator do justice to the coercion of the biblical text, or does the author’s private agenda overshadow the text itself? Does the creative imagination of the commentator lead the reader back to the biblical text or away […]

Theological Commentary: 1 John 2:1-2

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. In one of many statements that the Elder makes as to his reason for writing, he claims that one of his purposes is sanctifactory. He writes to aid the congregation to refrain from sin. The liberating implication of this is […]

Theological Commentary: 1 John 1:5-10

“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.” Following the introductory declaration, the elder gets straight to the point of the treatise: God. At the center of everything in First John is the reality of God and […]

First John 1:1-4: Theological Commentary

“We declare to you what was from the beginning” The treatise opens by hearkening back to the first proclamations of the Johannine Gospel (cf. John 1:1-4). That which “was from the beginning” echoes the first statement of the Johannine Gospel, that “in the beginning was the Word.” Here, however there is perhaps more of a […]

Theological Commentary: A Few Thoughts

1. Theological commentary is a practice of  commenting on Scripture. It is not an attempt to excavate the determinate meaning of the text, or make definitive statements about the text as such. 2. Theological commentary is theological. It is a practice of reading and interacting with Scripture from a distinctly Christian perspective that is fundamentally […]

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