Guy Manuell, The Letter of Jude: A Wake-Up Call to Christians in the Twenty-First Century, Bloomington, WestBow Press, 2017.
This is a fresh and user-friendly commentary on the Greek text of Jude by Melbourne-based Guy Manuell. His background is in economics, finance, and law. He has also completed an MA in Early Christian and Jewish Studies at Macquarie University. He writes, “This commentary seeks to bring Jude alive in the twenty-first century and make its message clear to the modern church.”
It is clear and vigorous in style, at a comprehensible level of understanding. He makes good use of academic commentaries, especially those of Bauckham, Cranfield, Davids, Mayor, Schreiner, and Wand.
He deals judiciously with the several complicated issues regarding Jude, and places it well in its NT and OT context. He takes the view that the bad influence of the ‘intruders’ is behaviour, not theology. There is no unnecessary material: a great virtue in a commentary! He is helpfully attentive to the distinctive features of Jude’s literary style. It is a useful resource for personal Bible study, for Bible study leaders, and for preachers.
He treats the significance of different forms of Greek verbs from a more traditional perspective. This needs to be complemented by the recent insights of Verbal Aspect.
The book is attractively presented, and communicates its content with clarity and energy. May we heed Jude’s message!