What was the author’s goal in writing such a small book as the book of Jude?
While reading the books for my class project, I was apprehensive as to what I would find to write about this week. Interesting enough, I actually stumbled upon, well had to read the book of Jude as a part of my project. The book of Jude is a short book, I felt if I start reading why not start with the shortest books and go from there. While reading the book of Jude , I schemed thoroughly up and down the pages, looking for things that were unfamiliar and also unusual words that posed a question that I could not answer. Though there were multiple things worthy of being topics of discussion but the message behind Jude seemed especially important. Though I did not write about this part of Jude , I wanted to list a unique I read in the book of Jude. It is the story of the archangel Michael and the devil, “Michael and the devil had an argument earlier in the text. It only gives us a small insert of what happened early during the time of Moses death, however I do not remember this story at all or have knowledge of it. More importantly, it goes on to describe how the archangel Michael was engaged in argument with the devil about the corpse of Moses. Both were arguing on who would have his body, this was so weird what would they need with a dead corpse anyway. The commentary expressed, however, that this argument was about who would claim Moses’s body after death,” (New Jeresalem Bible Jude. 1.8-9). This is amazing and something new to me, yet it was certainly not the main focus of my paper. Prematurely, I wanted to know who is the author of this book and what were the characteristics that made him important to add in the biblical text. The book was a of course pretty straight forward and to the point in expressing something that was going on at this time, which is evident in the Jude verses 3-7. In reading you can perceive that something is bothering the author and he is addressing a situation and this this made me typically want to know more.
“Of course the writer of this books name is Judas, and in short Jude, he is also believed to be the half brother of Jesus” (insight.org). As insight.org explains, “The author identified himself as the “brother of James” (Jude 1:1), importantly enough that he was probably not the apostle named Jude, a man who was called “the son of James” (Luke 6:16). That the author of the book of Jude identified himself as the brother of James likely aligns him with the family of Jesus” (insight.org). “The half brother of Jesus is only speculation because of the opening text which explains that he is the servant of Jesus and brother of James” (insight.org). How they get that he is the brother, comes from the genealogy of James which he is believed to be the brother of Jesus and his older brother to be exact, he is not the apostle James which is ruled out because this book was written after the Apostles death in A.D. 44 (biblestudytools). “Also to add, the book of Jude is said to be written in A.D. 67 and 80” (insight.org)
This now answers my question on why this book was important. If the brother of Jesus wrote the book, it would definitely be important because this was someone who grew up with Jesus and probably watched him during his exploits. It is said that Jude was not a follower of Jesus, however, until after his brother’s death, which the same is said for James, both did not follow their brother until after his death (insight.org). This is sad to know, you watch your brother your whole life and maybe witness him do marvelous acts, yet not follow him until after his crucifixion, typically families.
Next order of business is finding out who was the author addressing in Jude, there are multiple stories out there that speak that he was speaking against Gnostic beliefs (atheism.about.com). Around this time many we going around preaching and giving false messages “leading people astray and encouraging the practice of moral libertinism” (atheism.about.com). “Gnosticism comes from the Greek gnosis, which means ‘knowledge,’ and applied to various religious beliefs on different forms of their reality (atheism.about.com). These realities are multiple beliefs on ‘Phenomenon:’ of one God creator of all things; or a spiritual knowledge given through mystical powers (demiurge);or of God the creator of the real world who opposes demiurge”(atheism.about.com). “Libertinism are practices or habits of life; disregard of authority or convention in sexual or religious matters” (dictionary.com). These people were known for their indulgence in physical pleasures and free spirited individuals who could care less about morality and Jesus belief of saving and sinning no more. Jude’s audience were Christians, whom he desired to have knowledge of what would come from ignorance. His objective was to save Christians (Jesus followers) from the likes of false teacher, yet help individuals who were trying to stand in strong in their faith, but could waver because of teaching like that of “libertinism” (insight.org). As I finished reading the the article from insight .org, it really expressed the author’s intent of the book of Jude. The book of Jude in short, is straight to the point and did need useless words or to waste words. “Jude had no space or time to dance around the issue, these heresies were worthy of condemnation because they were rejecting authority and pleasing themselves” (insight.org).