Revelation (day 1168-1189)

Revelation 1 (day 1168) 13 March 2013           1-3: The book of Revelation is enigmatic to say the least. It promises to reveal, but instead seems determined to obscure. It proposes to show “what must soon take place,” but the church still awaits the events described. The opening verses proclaim that God gave Jesus Christ… Continue reading Revelation (day 1168-1189)

Jude (day 1167)

Jude (day 1167) 12 March 2013           1-2: Jude appears to have been a general epistle, sent out as a circulatory letter to a number of congregations rather than to any specific location. He identifies himself as a slave of Jesus Christ and brother of James, tantalizing but frustrating references to his identity. If he… Continue reading Jude (day 1167)

3 John (day 1166)

3 John (day 1166) 11 March 2013           1-4: The letter is addressed to an influential member of a congregation, location unknown, whose name is Gaius. This was during the time in the early church when much of the authority was still vested with the original apostles, but was beginning more and more to be… Continue reading 3 John (day 1166)

2 John (day 1165)

2 John (day 1165) 10 March 2013           1-3: There is general consensus among scholars that the author of 1st John also penned 2nd and 3rd John, though there is no widespread agreement as to whom the author might have been (see comments at 1 John 1). In 2 and 3 John he identifies himself… Continue reading 2 John (day 1165)

1 John (day 1160-1164)

1 John 1 (day 1160) 5 March 2013           1-4: Ancient witnesses believed that the gospel of John the three letters of John and the apocalypse of John were all composed by John, son of Zebedee, a disciple of Jesus. While it is impossible to assert the authorship with any certainty there is general agreement… Continue reading 1 John (day 1160-1164)

2 Peter (day 1157-1159)

2 Peter 1 (day 1157) 2 March 2013 1-2: Simeon is a known alternate form of Simon, but it is doubtful that this letter was written by the apostle Peter or by the same author as 1 Peter if the apostle was not the writer of that letter. The styles are different, and there are… Continue reading 2 Peter (day 1157-1159)