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ISBN: 9781783684601
Imprint: HippoBooks
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 9
Publication Date: 31/08/2018
Pages: 166
Series: Africa Bible Commentary Series
Language: English

2 Peter and Jude


Shorter books in the Bible like 2 Peter and Jude are often overlooked by believers as they flick through pages of Scripture. Furthermore, because these two books deal with the unpopular theme of God’s judgement, they end up being further neglected in the believer’s life and understanding of Scripture. Yet the evils these authors speak about are still very much present in the church in Africa, and are no less deserving of judgment today. But these books also bear glorious testimony to God’s power to preserve his people, and encourage us to stay steadfast and conform to the pattern of holiness in which we have been rooted.

The landmark Africa Bible Commentary compiled the scholarship of seventy African scholars in one volume. Now, the Africa Bible Commentary Series provides deeper insights into each biblical book, explaining the meaning of Scripture in smaller, separate volumes. The series emphasizes the relevance of biblical concepts for the life of the local church and the case studies and African illustrations accomplish this in ways that mere explanations cannot. In addition, each commentary is divided into sermon units for easy use in developing a preaching series on the biblical books and includes discussion questions to assist further study.

Author Bios

Dieudonné Tamfu

DIEUDONNÉ TAMFU has a PhD in Biblical Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. He is Assistant Professor of Bible and Theology & Coordinator of the Cameroon site of Bethlehem College & Seminary, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA and an Elder at Jubilee Community Church. He is also a contributor to The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Baker Books, 2013 and Think It Not Strange, Desiring God, 2016.


This commentary is blended with exegetical insights and life experiences. It is a welcome building block for the consolidation of the unity and diversity of the church in Africa, and those of African biblical scholarship.

Loba Mkole Jean-Claude, PhD
Global Translation Adviser, United Bible Societies

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to Africa Bible Commentary Series
    2. Foreword
    3. Acknowledgements
    4. Abbreviations
  1. 2 PETER
    1. Introduction
      1. Unit 1: 2 Peter 1:1–2
        1. Authorship and Blessing
          1. 1:1a The Author
          2. 1:1b The Audience and Their Faith
          3. 1:2 The Blessing
          4. Questions for Discussion
      1. Unit 2: 2 Peter 1:3–4
        1. The Transforming Power of God’s Promises
          1. 1:3 Christ’s Power
          2. 1:4 God’s Promises
          3. Questions for Discussion
          4. The Power of Promises
      1. Unit 3: 2 Peter 1:5–11
        1. Confirm Your Calling
          1. 1:5a The Need to Confirm Your Calling
          2. 1:5b–7 The Virtues Needed
          3. 1:8–9 The Evidence Needed
          4. 1:10–11 The Need to Confirm One’s Calling
          5. Questions for Discussion
      1. Unit 4: 2 Peter 1:12–21
        1. Remember the Apostolic Preaching
          1. 1:12–15 The Need to be Reminded
          2. 1:16–18 Remember the Incarnate Word
          3. 1:19–21 Remember the Inspired Word
          4. Questions for Discussion
      1. Unit 5: 2 Peter 2:1–10a
        1. Beware of False Teachers
          1. 2:1a The Presence of False Teachers
          2. 2:1b–3a The Characteristics of False Teachers
          3. 2:3b–10a The Fate of False Teachers
          4. Questions for Discussion
      1. Unit 6: 2 Peter 2:10b–22
        1. The Depravity and Deception of False Teachers
          1. 2:10b–16 The Rebellion and Sensuality of the False Teachers
          2. 2:17–22 The Damaging Effects of False Teaching
          3. Questions for Discussion
      1. Unit 7: 2 Peter 3:1–10
        1. Our Certain Future
          1. 3:1–2 Loving Reminders
          2. 3:3–7 Warning against Doubting Christ’s Return
          3. 3:8–10 God’s Timing versus Our Timing
          4. Questions for Discussion
      1. Unit 8: 2 Peter 3:11–18
        1. Be Holy
          1. 3:11–13 In Light of the Future, Be Holy Now
          2. 3:14–18a In Light of the Future, Grow in Grace and Knowledge
          3. 3:18b Conclusion
          4. Questions for Discussion
  2. JUDE
    1. Introduction
      1. Unit 1: Jude 1–2
        1. Address and Blessing
          1. The Author
          2. The Audience
          3. The Appeal
          4. Questions for Discussion
      1. Unit 2: Jude 3–7
        1. Contend for the Faith
          1. Verse 3 A Call to Contend for the Faith
          2. Verse 4 Why the Call Is Issued
          3. Verses 5–7 Why the Call Matters
          4. Questions for Discussion
      1. Unit 3: Jude 8–16
        1. Identifying Infiltrators
          1. Verses 8–16 The Sins of the Infiltrators
          2. Verse 11 The Role Models for the Infiltrators
          3. Verses 12–13 Metaphors That Describe the Infiltrators
          4. Verses 14–16 A Prophecy against the Infiltrators
          5. Verse 16 Final Description of the Infiltrators
          6. Questions for Discussion
      1. Unit 4: Jude 17–23
        1. Persevere in the Faith
          1. Verses 17–19 Remember the Words of the Apostles
          2. Verses 20–21 Keep Yourselves in God’s Love
          3. Verses 22–23 Show Mercy
          4. Questions for Discussion
          5. Rescuing From the Fire
      1. Unit 5: Jude 24–25
        1. Concluding Doxology
          1. Verse 24 Praise for What God Does
          2. Verse 25 Praise for Who God Is
          3. Verse 25b God Alone Is Worthy of Eternal Praise
          4. Questions for Discussion
  3. Appendix
    1. Parallels between Jude and 2 Peter
      1. Similar Content
      2. Similar Expressions
  4. Selected Bibliography
  5. Endnotes