Resources for Studying 1 John

As I am preaching through 1 John I thought I would share some of the resources that I have found to be very helpful in understanding this New Testament letter.

Beeke, Joel. The Epistles of John.  Webster, NY: Evangelical Press, 2006.  beginner, layman friendly, very pastoral

Boice, James Montgomery.  The Epistles of John: An Expositional Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1979.  beginner, layman friendly, very pastoral

Calvin, John.  Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries. Vol. 5, The Gospel According to St. John, Part Two, and the First Epistle of John.  Reprint, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1961. intermediate, pastor-scholar

Carson, D. A. and Douglas J. Moo. An Introduction to the New Testament. 2nd Ed.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005.  intermediate, pastor-scholar

Kostenberger, Andreas J.  A Theology of John’s Gospel and Letters.  Biblical Theology of the New Testament.  Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009.  advanced, pastor-scholar

Kruse, Colin G.  The Letters of John.  Pillar New Testament Commentary.  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2000. intermediate, pastor-scholar

Marshall, I. Howard.  The Epistles of John.  The New Testament Commentary on the New Testament.  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1978. intermediate, pastor-scholar

Riddlebarger, Kim.  “Sermons on the Epistles of John.”  Available at http://kimriddlebarger.squarespace.com/ (accessed 3/9/10). sermons, better be pastoral!

Smalley, Stephen S.  1, 2, 3 John.  Word Biblical Commentary.  Waco, TX: Word, 1984. advanced, pastor-scholar

Stott, John R.W.  The Letters of John.  Tyndale New Testament Commentary.  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1988. intermediate, pastor-scholar

Yarbrough, Robert W.  1-3 John.  Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2008. advanced, pastor-scholar

If I could only recommend one commentary, I would definitely recommend John Stott’s commentary as the best overall. It has the technical aspects of a scholarly commentary but it is very easy to read and often reads like a sermon.  It is very quotable.

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