The Letters of John and Jude deal with heretical teachings within the early Church. In 1 John the problem was Gnosticism—a view that the material world is evil—and, according to Barclay, a view that still infects the thinking of some of today’s Christians. Second and 3 John contains warnings against visiting preachers who taught false doctrines and against other individuals who attacked the writer’s authority. Jude indicts those individuals of loose morals, or antinomians, who had assimilated themselves into the Christian community.
For almost fifty years and for millions of readers, The Daily Study Bible commentaries have been the ideal help for both devotional and serious Bible study. Now, with the release of The New Daily Study Bible, a new generation will appreciate the wisdom of William Barclay. With clarification of less familiar illustrations and inclusion of more contemporary language, The New Daily Study Bible will continue to help individuals and groups discover what the message of the New Testament really means for their lives.
Professor William Barclay (1907-1978) was a world-renowned New Testament interpreter and Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at Glasgow University in Scotland. Having written more than fifty books, he is probably best known as the author of the seventeen New Testament volumes in The Daily Study Bible Series.