INTRODUCTION TO JUDE
Irvine L. Jensen
The Moody Bible Institution of Chicago
copyright © 1969
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Before analyzing the test of any book of the Bible, it is well to learn the historical background.
Also, it is best to make a "skyscraper" view of its general contents. Accordingly, this introduction is divided into two parts: background and survey.
- Author.Jude’'s lack of elaboration on his office suggests that he is the well-known Jude, brother not only of James but of Jesus as well. Although a son of Joseph and Mary, he now describes his half-brother Jesus as “Lord” rather than as brother. (Bible Background Commentary -The IVP Bible Background Commentary –New Testament)
- Date Written. According to what Jude wrote in verse 17 this letter was written after almost all the apostles had passed away, probably in the late 60s A.D.
- Addressee. An unnamed congregation or group of congregations. It's possible that this was a form letter meant to be copied and sent to several congregations.
- SURVEY AND PURPOSE
- Survey Jude is one of the shortest books in the Bible. After a typical introduction for Christian writers, Jude warns of the actions and teaching of sinful men who have entered the church and those who follow their teachings. Then he calls them to stand firm in their faith and the teaching of Jesus and the apostles. This short letter ends with a doxology.
- Purpose Jude has two points in his letter; avoid sins and those who teach and encourage others to a sinful life. The main thrust of the letter is to avoid false Christian leaders who grumble, find fault, follow evil desires, and boast.
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