There are, of course, many books addressing the concept of biblical love as it applies to any number of human relationships. But each of the emphases differs and for the most part remains broad. For example, books may focus on the biblical definition of love, or the concept of love in Paul or in the writings of John. But Piper's focus is more precise. He wants to focus on love as an ethical imperative or command as given by Christ and to examine the command with specific emphasis the object of love, namely, the enemy.
This focus became John Piper's dissertation topic in the early 1970s, and this book Love Your Enemies is the newest edition of that study. Formerly published in academic circles, this study is now available in an accessible format from Crossway and provides intensely focused study on just what Jesus had in mind when he commanded us to love our neighbor.
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Review 1 for Love Your Enemies: Jesus' Love Command in the Synoptic Gospels and the Early Christian Paraenesis
John Piper is... well he's John Piper. You don't know who John Piper is? He's the pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and has authored dozens of books. He's an Über Calvinist, and he's the guy who tweeted, "Farewell Rob Bell." THAT John Piper.
As a reader, I love John Piper, his books are weighty and solid and always sound doctrine. And it seems, that every time you turn around John Piper has a new book out. He's about as prolific as Stephen King. Well, Piper's latest book isn't exactly a "new release" but that doesn't make it any less fun.
John Piper did his doctoral work in New Testament Studies at the University of Munich, in West Germany. His dissertation, Love Your Enemies, was originally published by Cambridge University Press and Baker Book House in 1979, and it was a part of the New Testament Studies Monograph Series.
So if your lifelong wish was to read John Piper's dissertation - now you can!
So right away, it should be stated again that this isn't your typical Piper book. It's a published dissertation. So much of the book's formatting and style is extremely scholarly. The book even looks "thick" but just remember one third of the book is actually end-notes and references!
And as the title and book jacket suggest, the book is about Jesus' command to love our enemies. But not just to "love them" but what that would have looked like in the time of Christ. Piper examines several external sources including Josephus, the Kumran, Hellenistic Philosophy and even the elusive "Q" gospel.
This is a very thorough read, well researched and very weighty, exactly what you would expect from Piper - while at the same time, it's not pour yourself a cup of coffee and pull up a good book reading.
Recommended for Pastors, teachers and the truly die-hard Piper fan.