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Two brief excursuses, somewhat superficial in regard to both critical method and substance, seek to establish the background of this text in `universal' Tannaitic notions of the Torah's universal validity, which is assumed to prescribe commandments specific to Gentiles.
Knight's readings occasionally launch into excursuses on "extramural" matters like history, philosophy, politics, and economics, but in each case the digression is highly worthwhile.
Cloth, $25.00--Rosen's web is woven out of a warp of laborious textual commentary and a woof of excursuses, which develop three main issues.
The text includes five excursuses and concludes with several indexes.
One of the most useful features of this commentary are the nineteen excursuses: on [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Light and Darkness, [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], False Teachers in I John (Docetism), [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], Being Born of God, [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], Textual Tradition of the `Comma Johanneum', Second Repentance, [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], The Commandment of Mutual Love, The Antichrist, Early Catholicism, and Diotrephes and the Presbyter.
The plethora of excursuses referring to decollations in mythology, literature, and art ultimately reach the point of dulling the reader's interest in learning about the facts of the murder.
Smulders takes up this controverted issue in a number of very useful excursuses to his text.