Commentaries on the General Epistles

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The general epistles are those that are addressed to the general, catholic (universal) Christian Church at large, and not to any specified church in a particular geographic locality (such as the letters to the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, etc.).

The seven general epistles are: James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1,2,3 John and Jude.

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For more great commentaries on the General Epistles, be sure to check:
Commentaries on All the Epistles, New Testament Commentaries
& Whole Bible Commentaries

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Subsections

Individual commentaries on:

James               The Letters of John
1 Peter                    1 John
2 Peter                    2 John
.                               3 John
.                         Jude

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Order of Contents  6+

Commentaries  5
Early Church  1

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Commentaries on All the Catholic Epistles

1500’s

Luther, Martin – Works, vol. 30: The Catholic Epistles  Buy

Calvin, John – Commentary on the General Epistles  1551

“Reprinted from the 1551 edition, these old, but helpful comments are enlightening and edifying.” – Cyril J. Barber

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1700’s

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

Benson (1699-1762) was initially a fervent and orthodox Presbyterian, but came to hold Socinian views (which are very unorthodox).  Read with caution.

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1800’s

Lange’s Commentary – Commentary 

**  “In his comment on the First Epistle of John, Dr. Braune teaches baptismal regeneration in a very decided manner.  This plague-spot of sacramentarianism should put the reader on his guard.” – Spurgeon

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1900’s

Erdman, Charles – The General Epistles  1918  190 pp.

“Practical and devotional comments defending the Johnannine authorship, upholding the deity of Christ, maintaining a belief in a personal anti-Christ, and furnishing the reader with a clear exposition of each epistle.  Commendable.” – Cyril J. Barber

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The Early Church

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

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Old Testament Commentaries

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