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The Oxford Bible Commentary Line-by-line commentary for the New Revised Standard Version Bible.

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Although various hints in the letter have been taken to be indicative of particular forms of deviant teaching and practice with affinities to an emerging Gnostic religion, they are equally compatible with a Jewish antinomianism rooted in apocalyptic tradition that could have been current in the apostolic age. The occasion for writing is set out in v. 4a . The opponents, in Jude's estimation, seem to be guilty of debauchery (v. 4 ) and despising the flesh (v. 8 ). They deny ‘our…Lord Jesus Christ’ just as the opponents referred to in 1 Jn 2:22, cf. 1 Cor 12:3 ). They are compared to wandering stars (linked with angels in Dan 12:3; Phil 2:15 ). Those referred to in the letter so disparagingly appear to have been visionaries (v. 8 ), like the charismatics of the new age referred to in Acts 2:17 (quoting Joel 3:1 ) and the dreamer of dreams of Deut 13:1–5 who leads Israel astray. Unlike the Colossian visionaries (Col 2:18 ), these are guilty of corrupting the community and are ‘grumblers’ (v. 16 cf. 1 Cor 10:10 ).

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