Jude is short for Judas who was the brother of James and a son of Joseph and Mary, thus indicative of being a human brother of Jesus. Other than a few brief references by name in the Gospels, little is known about Jude.
Jude is an often overlooked writing as it is short and comes near to the end of the Canon but it is an excellent piece of writing with one of the most beautifully written doxologies. The target church that he writes to is unidentified and the theme of his writing is very similar to that of Second Peter, giving rise to the possibility that he used Peter as the source for his letter or vice versa.
Jude warns against following those who have surreptitiously gained entry into the church and are perverting the one true faith with false teaching. Indeed, the letter warns against allowing the false teachers to continue having any influence in the church. Jude calls on the church to defend the truth aggressively against this type of infiltration.
|Jude||Watch||23 Feb 13|
The studies in this book are based primarily on the NIV translation published in 1984.