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Love Your Enemies: Jesus' Love Command in the Synoptic Gospels and in the Early Christian Paraenesis : A History of the Tradition and Interpretatio


Publisher:Baker Pub Group



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From 19711974 John Piper attended the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in München for doctoral work. In choosing a dissertation topic he decided to explore Jesuss command in the Synoptic Gospels to love ones enemies, and its relationship to similar ethical exhortations in the epistles (the Early Christian Paraenesis).

Using a history of traditions approach, Piper begins by examining each New Testament reference to Jesuss command in an attempt to place its origin within the broader paraenetic tradition. Piper moves on to survey similar exhortations for enemy love in the environment of the early church, then analyzes this particular command of Jesus within the broader context of his whole message. He investigates the theological significance of Jesuss love command in the paraenesis and finally concludes by focusing on the Gospel traditions use of the command, particularly in Matthew and Luke.

First published by Cambridge University Press in the Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series, this repackaged edition features a new, extensive introduction. A serious work of Christian scholarship by a long-time respected author and pastor, this will be of interest to scholars, students, and lay people who have training in New Testament studies.

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