I. Howard Marshall is the author of the Epistles of John volume in the New International Commentary on the New Testament series.
The three Epistles of John, according to I. Howard Marshall, are concerned with the fundamentals of Christian belief and life – faith and love.
The reader who grasps the message of these short but essential letters will have a sound basis in Christian doctrine.
This group of Epistles, says Marshall, is also a good starting point for the study of the Gospel of John.
This commentary, then, was written so that students of the Bible might not only master the content of John’s Epistles but also better understand Johannine theology as a whole.
The volume includes an “invitation” to general readers and an “introduction” addressed to students and specialists. Another unique feature is a rearrangement of the traditional order of the three letters: 2 John and 3 John are studied before 1 John.
This structure assures that the two shorter letters are not relegated to the position of appendices but are treated as important documents of early Christianity in their own right. 
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Southwestern Journal of Theology: “The choice of Howard Marshall to write the volume on the Johannine Epistles is exceedingly fortunate. . . . There is good balance between the technical and the practical, thus making the commentary useful to both the scholar and the Bible preacher and teacher. . . . An outstanding commentary, probably the best available in English.”
Journal of Biblical Literature: “A clear and well-organized commentary. . . . Marshall has provided a complete and up-to-date bibliography and has demonstrated his thorough acquaintance with all the various opinions of those current scholars of note who have worked in this area.”
Expository Times: “An expert and readable treatment, characterized by exegetical skill and a thorough knowledge of the relevant literature. . . . An indispensable aid.”
“Faithful criticism” characterizes volumes in The New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT). Begun in the late 1940s by an international team of New Testament scholars, the NICNT series has been widely recognized by pastors, students, and scholars alike for its attention to the text of Scripture, its currency with contemporary scholarship, and its service to the global church.
The interpretive work reflected in these commentaries is based on careful study of the Greek text, but commentary readers need not be practiced in the biblical languages in order to benefit from them.
In the same way, NICNT volumes reflect serious work in technical areas — such as linguistics, textual criticism, and historical concerns — but the commentary itself focuses on understanding the text rather than navigating scholarly debates.
Readers can turn to the footnotes and excursuses for more specialized interaction with the Greek text and engagement with critical issues and literature.
Under the editorship of outstanding New Testament scholars — first Ned Stonehouse (Westminster Theological Seminary), then F. F. Bruce (University of Manchester, England) and Gordon D. Fee (Regent College, Canada), and now Joel B. Green (Fuller Theological Seminary) — the NICNT series has flourished.
In order to keep the commentary fresh and contemporary, NICNT volumes are revised and replaced as needed.
Newer volumes in the NICNT account for emergent emphases in biblical studies.
These include heightened attention to rhetorical features of New Testament texts, the cultural settings within which they were written, and their theological significance for God’s people.
In this way, the NICNT series endures as an accessible, authoritative guide to the biblical text.
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