New Testament Survey: The Book Of Jude

Written By: Steve Shirley


The Book Of Jude

Author:  "Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James" (Jude 1).

1. The Apostle Judas (not Iscariot) who was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus (Lk 6:16)(Acts 1:13)(Also called: Lebbaeus Thaddaeus: Mt 10:3).

2. Judas, the half-brother of Jesus (Mt 13:55)(Mk 6:3).

1. Jude calls himself the "brother of James," and we can see in (Mt 13:55)(Mk 6:3) that Juda (Judas) and James were two of the four half-brothers of Jesus.

2. The author clearly separates himself from the Apostles in (Jude 17), which eliminates the first position.

*** Note: In the KJV Bible, when it says in (Acts 1:13) "Judas the brother of James" this should be properly translated as "Judas the son of James."

(Jude 1:2) / (2 Pet 1:2)(Jude 1:9) / (2 Pet 2:11)
(Jude 1:4) / (2 Pet 2:1)(Jude 1:11) / (2 Pet 2:15)
(Jude 1:6) / (2 Pet 2:4)(Jude 1:12) / (2 Pet 2:17)
(Jude 1:7) / (2 Pet 2:6)(Jude 1:16) / (2 Pet 2:18)
(Jude 1:8) / (2 Pet 2:10)(Jude 1:18) / (2 Pet 2:1)(2 Pet 3:3)

Peter borrowed from Jude:

1. From a logical standpoint, it seems to make more sense for a larger work (2 Peter) to incorporate a smaller work (Jude) into it (quoting) than for a smaller work to be written with the sole purpose of repeating what has already been said.

2. Peter may have quoted Jude to give apostolic authority to it, just as the early church fathers gave credibility to the various letters we have mentioned in these surveys by quoting them in their writings.

Jude borrowed from Peter:

1. In (2 Pet 2:1-3) Peter says there "shall be" (future tense) the coming of false teachers and scoffers, while in Jude (4,11-12,17-18) it speaks of their arrival (present tense).

2. In (Jude 17-18), Jude directly quotes (2 Pet 3:3) and states that it was from an Apostle, implying that Peter wrote before him.

3. If Peter had quoted the book of Jude, it would have gained instant apostolic authority, but instead, it was one of the last books accepted into the Canon.

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Key Verses:  (Jude 3,18-24)


Special Emphasis:


1. Introduction, 1-2.

2. Occasion of the Epistle, 3-4.

3. Apostasy is possible, 5-7.

4. Apostate teachers described, 8-19.

5. The saints assured and comforted, 20-25.

(Survey from Scofield Reference Notes [1917 ed.]: Public Domain)