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ISBN: 9781783688685
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 11
Publication Date: 31/07/2016
Pages: 196
Series: Asia Bible Commentary Series
Language: English

1, 2, 3 John

A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary


Today the Asian church ministers in a multi-religious and often multi-cultural environment and faces serious challenges. Thankfully we have a resource that offers guidance and encouragement – the ancient documents known as 1, 2 and 3 John. In this commentary Dr. Gilbert Soo Hoo provides careful textual analysis alongside contextual relevance in the hope that the reader will hear God’s voice, encouraging them to become disciples that live in fellowship with the Father and the Son and with one another. The fundamental christological truths presented serve as a template to help evaluate various teachings and to discern what is true and what is false, which is critical for believers living and serving in multi-religious Asia.

Author Bios

Gilbert Soo Hoo

GILBERT SOO HOO holds a PhD from the Catholic University of America. He is a professor at Singapore Bible College, teaching New Testament and pastoral ministry. In the United States, he served as a congregational pastor and as an adjunct professor. He is author of The Pedagogy of the Johannine Jesus (VDM Verlag, 2009) and From Faith to Faith: Blindmans Bluff (Wipf and Stock, 2012).

Pervaiz Sultan

PERVAIZ SULTAN holds a PhD from Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, UK. He is Principal of St Thomas’ Theological College in Karachi, Pakistan.


This commentary on the Epistles of John is a splendid blend of sound exegesis of the original text and appropriate contextualization of its message for Asian cultures. A hallmark of biblical interpretation involves not only determining what the text meant in its own time, but translating the biblical message so contemporary readers can discern what the text is saying in terms of application. Serious students of the Bible, teachers, and pastors will benefit greatly from this important resource.

Clive Chin, PhD
Academic Dean of the School of Theology,
English Singapore Bible College

The Epistles of John have aroused more and more scholarly attention recently. Dr. Gilbert Soo Hoo adds a voice to the many interpretations, especially from an Asian perspective. As a matter of fact, the culture and philosophy in Asian regions are very different from those in the West. Our Asian experiences will certainly enrich that of the West. In so doing, the author incorporates current scholarly opinions and joins their discussion in his commentary. Gilbert’s work adds important salt to the pluralist interpretations of John’s letters.

Eric Kun-Chun Wong, PhD
Associate Director, Divinity School of Chung Chi College
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Table of Contents

  1. Commentary
    1. Series Preface
    2. Acknowledgments
    3. List of Abbreviations
      1. Introduction
      2. 1 John
        1. 1 John 1
        2. 1 John 2
        3. 1 John 3
        4. 1 John 4
        5. 1 John 5
      3. 2 John
      4. 3 John
      5. Bibliography
  2. Topics
    1. Tale of Two Realms – Standing on the Truth
    2. Christian Furz – Our Religious Duty
    3. Tale of Two Realms – Within the Church