“Our only hope for loving our enemy is to be a new creation in Christ. And our only hope for being a new creation in Christ is to be reconciled to God through the death of his Son” (p. x).
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About the Book
This is one of the few statements Jesus made that is readily accepted by believers and skeptics alike. Its authenticity is not seriously questioned and yet it is a revolutionary command.
Giving attention to various critical theories, John Piper presents evidence that the early church earnestly advocated for non-retaliatory love, extending it to those who practiced evil in the world. Such love was key to the church’s own ethical tradition or paraenesis.
Piper illuminates the Synoptics and passages in Romans, as well as 1 Thessalonians and 1 Peter, with non-canonical evidence, investigating the theological significance of Jesus’s love command.
Originally published as #38 in the Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series, this is John Piper’s doctoral dissertation from the University of Munich. It is a serious work of Christian scholarship by a long-time respected author and pastor. This repackaged edition features a new, extensive introduction and will be of interest to scholars, students, and lay people who have training in New Testament studies.
First Edition 1979; New Edition 2012
Crossway Books (Wheaton, Illinois)
Table of Contents
Preface to the 2012 Republication
Note on the Title and Previous Editions
Preface to the 1979 Edition
Part 1 – In Search of the Paraenetic Tradition of a Command of Enemy Love
1. The Pertinent Texts
2. Literary Dependence or Common Traditional Source?
3. Determining the Form of the Command in the Paraenetic Tradition
Part 2 – The Origin of the Command of Enemy Love in the New Testament Paraenetic Tradition
1. The Question and the Approach
2. Hellenistic Philosophy
3. The Old Testament
4. Hellenistic Judaism
A. Works from the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
5. Qumran and Works in the Region of its Influence
6. Palestinian Judaism outside Qumran
7. The Teaching of Jesus
Part 3 – Jesus’ Command of Enemy Love in the Larger Context of His Message
1. Preliminary Remarks
2. Jesus’ Command of Enemy Love and the Kingdom of God
Part 4. The Use and Meaning of Jesus’ Command of Enemy Love in the Early Christian Paraenesis
1. Preliminary Remarks
2. The Motivation of the Command of Enemy Love
3. The Content of the Command of Enemy Love
Part 5. The Gospel Tradition of Jesus’ Command of Enemy Love and its Use in Matthew and Luke
1. The Gospel Tradition of Jesus’ Command of Enemy Love before the Gospels
2. The Gospel Tradition of Jesus’ Command of Enemy Love in the Gospels
Publisher: Editora Fiel