Karen Jobes is the author of the 1-3 John volume in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament series.
Dr. Jobes’ commentary is known for its Greek exegesis, its interaction with the Gospel of John, and application suggestions. Jobes has also written well-reviewed commentaries on 1 Peter in the BECNT series and Esther in the NIVAC series.
In this volume, Dr. Jobes bridges the distance between academic biblical studies and pastors, students, and laypeople who are looking for an in-depth treatment of the issues raised by these New Testament books.
She approaches the three letters of John as part of the corpus that includes John’s gospel, while rejecting an elaborate redactional history of that gospel that implicates the letters.
Dr. Jobes (PhD, Westminister Theological Seminary) is the Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor Emerita of New Testament Greek and Exegesis at Wheaton College and Graduate school in Wheaton, Illinois. The author of several works, she has also been involved in the NIV Bible translation. She and her husband, Forrest, live in Philadelphia and are members of an Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
The ZECOT series is a well-reviewed commentary series that reflects a broadly evangelical theology.
The series is designed for pastors, professors, and bible students.
Laypeople who can follow in-depth discussions on biblical exegesis and biblical scholarship will also benefit from this series and this volume.
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