The Letter of Jude and the Second Letter of Peter
A Theological Commentary
Imprint: Baylor University Press
560 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
- Published: October 2018
Too small to be important, too different to be trusted. The New Testament’s Catholic letters have suffered neglect when compared to the attention lavished upon Jesus, the Gospels, and Paul. Jude and 2 Peter, especially, have been ignored. Jörg Frey remedies this dearth with this full-scale commentary on Jude and 2 Peter. Frey’s meticulous, sustained verse-by-verse interpretation highlights the theological achievements of the two canonical writings without sidestepping any of the open historical and literary questions plaguing these two pseudepigraphal letters.
The Letter of Jude and the Second Letter of Peter investigates the historical location of the two writings, the literary context, the shape of their arguments, and the profile of the respective opponents that are the central concern of each epistle. The analysis also explores Jude and 2 Peter’s use of biblical, Second Temple Jewish, and apocalyptic traditions, the long-recognized interrelation between the two letters, and the difficult text-critical issues that haunt both.
Frey’s careful interpretation points to the theological work each letter performs. Jude takes part in a critical debate within the Pauline and post-Pauline communities, while 2 Peter becomes a testimony to the theological discussions of the second century. Far from insignificant or irrelevant, the epistles provide invaluable insight into the growth and consolidation of early Christian tradition. With this groundbreaking commentary, Frey rightly draws our attention back to these texts’ important role within the canon and early Christianity.
In his commentary, Frey comprehensively demonstrates the particular contributions of Jude and the Second Letter of Peter to the discourses in early Christianity, and he offers new solutions to theological questions still open and under discussion. It is a milestone of scholarship.~Jens Herzer, Professor of New Testament, University of Leipzig
A timely, powerful new reading of 2 Peter and Jude. It cannot be emphasized enough how important Frey’s commentary is for rehabilitating the study and preaching of the Catholic Epistles.~Rob Wall, Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies, Seattle Pacific University and Seminary
Frey’s commentary is a remarkable work of analysis and writing. It is at once the most thorough treatment of every aspect of these two letters and, at the same time, a source of fresh thinking. This is a significant commentary, and it will be a standard for those interested in Jude and 2 Peter.~Steven Kraftchick, Professor of the Practice of New Testament Interpretation, Emory University
Jörg Frey is asking all the right questions and exploring all plausible solutions in his commentary on Jude and 2 Peter. He offers fresh examinations of old interpretative conundrums dogging any critical study of Jude and 2 Peter. This commentary is a necessary read for all serious students of the letters of Jude and 2 Peter, in particular, and the Catholic Letters and Petrine tradition, in general.~Shively T. J. Smith, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Boston University
The detailed analysis of these texts and Frey’s thoughtful theological reflection upon them will surely make this commentary a marker for all subsequent treatments of these two previously neglected parts of the New Testament writings.~The Bible Today