The epistle of Jude is one of the shortest writings in the New Testament, but it is significant for a number of reasons. It was written by a brother of Jesus, which testifies to the monumental change in opinion his brothers had about him after his resurrection. It documents the infiltration of certain Christian communities by false teachers, who were prophesied long ago (according to Jude). The rhetoric of the Greek text is rather powerful, with triplets throughout and a consistent distancing of the "opponents" who are only referred to in the third person plural ("they/them"). The short epistle also contains one of the most eloquent and powerful blessings in the New Testament.
Exegetical Tools provides our Jude Greek Reading Videos, which walk you through the epistle in Greek one verse at a time. Additionally, below are a variety of resources to help you get further acquainted with Jude and its importance for Christian theology. If you would like to contribute to the resources on this page, contact us (see footer).
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Online Resources for Jude
The following resources are available online in the public domain.
- Charles Bigg, A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistles of St. Peter and St. Jude, International Critical Commentary (T&T Clark, 1902).
- Alfred Plummer, The General Epistle of Jude and the Revelation of John, The Expositor's New Testament (Hodder and Stroughton Ltd., 1860).
- Joseph B. Mayor, The Epistle of St. Jude and the Second Epistle of St. Peter (Macmillan and Co., 1907).
- John Calvin, Commentaries on the Catholic Epistles (Calvin Translation Society, 1855).
- M. R. James, The Second Epistle General of Peter and the General Epistle of Jude (Cambridge University Press, 1912).
- J. Daryl Charles, "The Use of Tradition-Material in the Epistle of Jude," Bulletin for Biblical Research 4 (1994): 1-14.
- J. Daryl Charles, "The Angels under Reserve in 2 Peter and Jude," Bulletin for Biblical Research 15.1 (Spring 2005): 39-48.
- Walter M. Dunnett, "The Hermeneutics of Jude and 2 Peter: The Use of Ancient Jewish Traditions," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 31.3 (1988): 287-292.
- Michael Haykin, "Exegesis 13: Prayer in the Spirit, Jude 20," Foundations 28 (Spring 1991): 16-19.
- Robert L. Webb, "The Eschatology of the Epistle of Jude and Its Rhetorical and Social Functions," Bulletin for Biblical Research 6 (1996): 139-151.