Commentary on Matthew 2:1-12

Notes (NET Translation) 1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, in the time of King Herod, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem The birth of Jesus is not narrated. He was already born when the wise men arrived in Jerusalem. Bethlehem was a small city about five to six miles south-southwest … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 2:1-12

Commentary on Matthew 1:18-25

Notes (NET Translation) 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ happened this way. While his mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. To judge from the rabbinic sources (which may be late), betrothal or engagement (ʾērûsîn or qiddûšîm) in ancient Judaism … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 1:18-25

Commentary on Matthew 1:1-17

Notes (NET Translation) 1 This is the record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. The word biblos ("record") usually means "book" or "papyrus." The term was often used in the titular sentence at the beginning of ancient Jewish and Christian literature (e.g., Nahum, Tobit, Baruch, T. Job, … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 1:1-17

Commentary on 3 John

Notes (NET Translation) 1 From the elder, to Gaius my dear brother, whom I love in truth. As in 2 John 1, the author introduces himself as the elder. I argued earlier that the author is the apostle John. He writes to a Christian named Gaius. Early Christians named Gaius are mentioned in Acts 19:29; … Continue reading Commentary on 3 John

Commentary on 2 John

Notes (NET Translation) 1 From the elder, to an elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth (and not I alone, but also all those who know the truth), The "elder" must have been known to the recipients and was probably the apostle John. The "elect lady and her children" are most likely … Continue reading Commentary on 2 John

Commentary on 1 John 5:13-21

Notes (NET Translation) 13 I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. The phrase "these things" may refer to what was just written in ch. 5 (Derickson, Strecker) or to the entire epistle (Akin, Brown). Here … Continue reading Commentary on 1 John 5:13-21

Commentary on 1 John 5:6-12

Notes (NET Translation) 6 Jesus Christ is the one who came by water and blood - not by the water only, but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. The author is using phraseology that was familiar to his original readers but … Continue reading Commentary on 1 John 5:6-12