Commentaries on 2 Peter

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Order of Contents  18+

The Best Commentaries  6
Commentaries  13
Early Church  1
Chapters in 1 Peter
Authenticity of  1

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The Best Commentaries on 2 Peter

Reformer

Luther, Martin – A Commentary or Exposition upon 2 Peter  d. 1546

***  “In Luther’s racy style.  One of his best productions.  Copies are scarce as white elephants, and consequently expensive.” – Spurgeon

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1600’s

Adams, Thomas – An Exposition upon 2 Peter  d. 1652

Adams was a puritan.

***  “Full of quaintnesses, holy wit, bright thought, and deep instruction.  We like Adams better in commenting than in preaching.  His great work is quite by itself, and in its own way remains unrivalled.  We know no richer and racier reading.” – Spurgeon

Dickson, David – An Expositon of all St. Paul’s Epistles together with an explanation of those other epistles of the apostles St. James, Peter, John & Jude, wherein the sense of every chapter and verse is analytically unfolded and the text enlightened  (Romans-Jude)  Buy  1659  

Dickson was a prominent Scottish covenanter.  Note that the Banner of Truth reprint contains Dickson’s commentary on less books than the original.

*** – ‘Dickson is a writer after our own heart.  For preachers he is a great ally.  There is nothing brilliant or profound; but everything is clear and well arranged, and the unction runs down like the oil from Aaron’s head.  In this volume the observations are brief.’

Nisbet, Alexander – A Brief Exposition of the First and Second Epistles General of Peter  ToC  Buy  1658

*** – ‘A judicious and gracious Scotch commentary, after the style of Dickson and Hutcheson.’

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Intermediate

Lillie, John – Lectures on Second Peter  1869  550 pp.  Greek is kept to the footnotes

Lillie was a presbyterian minister in New York.

***  “Dr. Schaff says: ‘Though very different from the immortal work of Archbishop Leighton on the First Epistle of Peter, these lectures breathe the same reverential spirit and devotional fervor, while they are much more full and thorough as an exposition.” – Spurgeon

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Advanced

Mayor – The Epistle of St. Jude and the Second Epistle of St. Peter: Greek Text with Introduction, Notes and Comments 1907 460 pp.

“A brilliant, technical treatment. Denies the Petrine authorship of II Peter, but is inclined to accept its canonicity and fully appreciates its intrinsic spiritual value and practical worth.” – Cyril J. Barber

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Commentaries on 2 Peter

1600’s

Ames, William – An Analytical Exposition of both the Epistles of the Apostle Peter  1641

Ames was a New England puritan.

**  “Too much divided and subdivided, chopped up and cut into dice pieces and laid in order; for after all, there is very little meat in it.  It is an analysis, and little more.” – Spurgeon

Symson, Archibald – Exposition upon the Second Epistle General of St. Peter  1632

Simson (1564-1628) was a pastor in Dalkeith, Scotland.

**  “Abundance of matter, pithily expressed.  Symson is among the oldest and rarest of the English divines.” – Spurgeon

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Simple, Practical & Devotional

Jowett, John H. – The Epistles of St. Peter: a Practical and Devotional Commentary  1904 350 pp.

“A practical and devotional exposition.” – Cyril J. Barber

Blair, J. Allen – 2 Peter: Devotional Studies on Living Faithfully  Buy  1961

Lloyd-Jones, Martyn – Expository Sermons on 2 Peter  Buy

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Intermediate

1800’s

Wilson, William – Second Epistle of Peter 

**  “‘Thoughtful and fresh in its matter, fine and polished in its style, laying hold of us at once, and tightening its grasp on our sympathies the longer we read.’ – British & Foreign Evangelical Review. (Too laudatory)” – Spurgeon

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1900’s

Lumby, Joseph Rawson – The Epistles of St. Peter  1908 in The Expositor’s Bible

“Like Lumby’s other writings, is worth consulting.” – Cyril J. Barber

Kelly, J.N.D. – A Commentary on the Epistles of Peter and Jude  Buy  Reprinted by Baker in the Thornapple Commentary series

Kelly (1909–1997), the noted Early Church historian was an Oxford scholar.  He has a few liberal tendencies.

“A scholarly, comprehensive treatment. Does not adhere to the Petrine authorship of the second epistle, and lacks the dynamic conviction so evident in Kelly’s treatment of the Pastoral Epistles.” – Cyril J. Barber

Green, Edward Michael B. – 2 Peter & Jude  Buy  1968  in Tyndale New Testament Commentaries

“Written by a leading conservative theologian in England, this work is a valuable companion volume to Stibbs’ fine treatment of First Peter. Green handles the matters of textual criticism and the problems of authorship with rare ability. His exposition of the text is based upon a detailed exegesis and he ably applies the teaching of these epistles to the needs of the present. Anglican.” – Cyril J. Barber

Clark, Gordon – New Heavens, New Earth (First And Second Peter)  Buy

Mounce, Robert H. – Born Anew to a Living Hope: a Commentary on 1 & 2 Peter  Buy  1982  150 pp.

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Advanced

1700’s

Benson, George – The Epistles of Peter in A Paraphrase and Notes on the Seven Catholic Epistles, Attempted in Imitation of Mr. Locke’s Manner  1742

Benson (1699-1762) was initially a fervent presbyterian but came to adopt Socinian views.

**  “The author was an Arian.  ‘Benson possessed considerable learning, but no great portion of genius.’  This is a paraphrase with notes.” – Spurgeon

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1900’s

Bigg, Carl – A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistles of Peter & St. Jude  1901  in The International Critical Commentary

“The introductory material is helpful and informative. Second Peter is dated after the closing of the canon and, while looked upon as having practical value, is not regarded as authentic. The exposition of the Greek text has been well done.” – Cyril J. Barber

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Early Church

ed. Bray, Gerald – Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: James, 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude  Buy

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2 Peter 1

1600’s

Denison, Stephen – An Exposition upon 2 Peter 1, with the Principal Doctrines Naturally Arising from every Verse of the Same Chapter 1622

Denison (d. 1649) was a reformed minister in London.

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1800’s

Brown, John, of Edinburgh – Parting Counsels: An Exposition of 2 Pet. 1 with Four Additional Discourses  1856  345 pp.  This has been reprinted by Banner of Truth

***  “We always think of Brown as a Puritan born out of due time.  Everything he has left us is massive gold.  He is both rich and clear, profound and perspicuous.” – Spurgeon

“Has stood the test of time. Full and complete. Indispensable to the expositor.” – Cyril J. Barber

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2 Peter 3

1600’s

Mede, Joseph – A Paraphrase and Exposition of the Prophesy of St. Peter concerning the Day of Christ’s Second Coming, Described in the Third Chapter of His Second Epistle.  As Also, how the Conflagration, Or Destruction of the World by Fire… is to be Understood  d. 1638

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The Authenticity of 2 Peter

Warfield, B.B. – ‘The Canonicity of 2 Peter’  32 pp.  in Selected Shorter Writings of B.B. Warfield, vol. 2, pp. 48-79

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