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A Commentary on Jude
by David Pawson
This book is based on a series of talks given by the veteran Bible teacher David Pawson. He explains in the long introduction that Jude is a neglected book partly because the content is unusual and (to use his word) sharp. Mr. Pawson then goes on to show how relevant the book is to the Church in England today.
First the negatives: His analysis of the text is sometimes marred by speculation. There are too many personal anecdotes - they tend to glorify Mr. Pawson rather than illustrate the point. I did not agree with his charismatic slant on one verse and his denial of the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints on another. However on the positive side Mr. Pawson writes with a love for Bible truth and passion and directness that is refreshing. In particular I liked his emphasis on the justice of God and the need for believers to stay faithful.
This is a book that will challenge the complacent and make all believers think. For these reasons alone this book is worth reading.
Reviewer: Alan Hill (02/10/12)