Paul’s epistles are probably the most-studied portion of the New Testament, if not the entire Bible. There you will find a storehouse of spiritual food, both milk and meat. Each of the Pauline Epistles contains its own peculiar challenges and rich treasures. Do not neglect this part of your biblical library. Acquiring good commentaries on the letters of the Apostle Paul will pay rich dividends in spiritual understanding and inspire spiritual growth. Here and there I have added notes to help you along in your decision-making process. They are all in this navy-blue color. —Steve
- Pauline epistles as a whole (Romans – Philemon)
- First & Second Corinthians
- Prison Epistles (Ephesians – Colossians, Philemon)
- First & Second Thessalonians
- Pastoral Epistles (First Timothy, Second Timothy, & Titus)
Commentary on the Epistles of St. Paul, 4 Volumes by J. B. Lightfoot / Hendrickson PublishersJ. B. Lightfoot’s critical works on the New Testament texts remain essential references for exegetical study. This reprint set includes all of his New Testament commentaries: Galatians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, and one volume covering 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians 1–7, Romans 1–7, and Ephesians 1:1–14. Each volume contains thorough book introductions, complete Greek texts, and notes. 1500 pages total, four hardcovers from Hendrickson. These volumes are over 100 years old and assume a knowledge of Greek. If you keep these caveats in mind, they are excellent commentaries. —Steve
John MacArthur Pauline Epistles Commentary Set, 3 Volumes by John MacArthur / Moody PublishersGifted Bible teacher John MacArthur combines expert scholarship with life-changing applications as he explores Paul’s epistles to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. Written in clear non-technical language, MacArthur’s careful passage-by-passage exegesis closely follows Paul’s reasoning and illuminates important themes. Ideal for sermon preparation or individual devotions. Three hardcovers, from Moody.
Social Science: Commentary on the Letters of Paul by Bruce J. Malina / Augsburg / Fortress”A dramatically distinctive commentary. Scattered throughout the reading scenarios are mini-essays that present honor and shame, coalitions and factions, patronage, the three-zone personality and other social institutions peculiar to Mediterranean culture. For preachers and teachers,”—Modern Liturgy. 448 pages, softcover.Fortress. This commentary is an example of a recent movement that applies sociological analysis to the biblical text. The technique can provide new insights into the background of the “life and times.” —Steve
Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Romans to Philemon by Edited by Clinton E. Arnold / Zondervan Corp.Brimming with lavish, full-color photos and graphics, the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary walks you verse by verse through all the books of the New Testament. It’s like slipping on a set of glasses that lets you read the Bible through the eyes of a first-century reader! Discoveries await you that will snap the world of the New Testament into gripping immediacy.Things that seem mystifying, puzzling, or obscure will take on tremendous meaning when you view them in their ancient context. You’ll deepen your understanding of the teachings of Jesus. You’ll discover the close, sometimes startling interplay between God’s kingdom and the practical affairs of the church. Best of all, you’ll gain a deepened awareness of the Bible’s relevance for your life.Written in a clear, engaging style, this beautiful set provides a new and accessible approach that more technical expository and exegetical commentaries don’t offer. It features:
- Commentary based on relevant papyri, inscriptions, archaeological discoveries, and studies of Judaism, Roman culture, Hellenism, and other features of the world of the New Testament
- Hundreds of full-color photographs, color illustrations, and line drawings
- Copious maps, charts, and timelines
- Sidebar articles and insights
- “Reflections” on the Bible’s relevance for 21st-century living
I highly recommend getting as many Bible backgrounds books as you can, as long as they are recent and not just repeating past traditions. These help you understand things you will never get just by reading the text. —Steve
The Bible Exposition Commentary: New Testament, Vol. 2 by Warren Wiersbe / Cook
CommunicationsHere is a commentary that doesn’t read like a commentary, but like letters from a good friend. The exciting truth of the New Testament Scriptures is wrapped in the warm, personal style of one of America’s best-loved Bible teachers, Warren Wiersbe. Dr. Wiersbe brings the people, places, history, and teachings of the Bible to life in the pages of this commentary. This Volume is compiled from the following “BE” series books:
- Be Rich: Ephesians
- Be Joyful: Philippians
- Be Complete: Colossians
- Be Ready: 1 & 2 Thessalonians
- Be Faithful: 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon
- Be Confident: Hebrews
- Be Mature: James
- Be Hopeful: 1 Peter
- Be Alert: 2 Peter, 2 & 3 John, Jude
- Be Real: 1 John
- Be Victorious: Revelation
Wiersbe’s strength is making practical applications for the biblical text that are relevant and contemporary. He does this at the expense of getting into a detailed exegesis of the text, complete with sorting through alternative interpretations. Still, his books meet an important need. —Steve
NIV Application Commentary: Romans by Douglas Moo / Zondervan Corp.In this highly practical commentary, Dr. Douglas Moo illuminates Paul’s great epistle to the Romans, forming a bridge between the culture of the first century and contemporary society. He begins by examining the text in its original context, then explores the implications of its message for today’s Christians, and their mission to reach others for Christ.The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our postmodern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today. [TOP] Moo is one of the top conservative scholars at work today. I highly recommend any book by him. —Steve
The Epistle to the Romans, NICNT, New International Commentary on the New Testament by Douglas Moo / Eerdmans Publishing Co.Get a new perspective on Pauline theology with the newest volume in the New International Commentary on the New Testament. A significant revision of Moo’s work for the defunct Wycliffe series, it replaces Jon Murray’s earlier work. Moo comments on the entire Epistle, interacting with the very latest scholarly discussions and repeatedly demonstrating the importance of historical context for exegesis. 967 pages, hardcover from Eerdmans. If you have to choose between the two commentaries by Moo, this one is the larger, more detailed volume. —Steve
Romans, Revised, Tyndale New Testament Commentary by F.F. Bruce / Eerdmans Publishing Co.F. F. Bruce was known for his excellent scholarship and deep Evangelical faith. So it is fitting that this commentary on Romans should be written by him. The Tyndale series is known for its scholarship and readability. This volume contains an introduction to Romans, discussing authorship, date, setting and purpose of the book. The following section-by-section commentary gives insight into the theology and meaning of the text. This is a good commentary for any Bible student or teacher. Bruce was a world-renowned expert on Acts and Paul. His work is trustworthy, his opinions well-founded, and his applications deeply spiritual. —Steve
Romans, Life Application Bible Commentary by Tyndale HouseThis exposition on the book of Romans, produced by the Life Application Bible commentary series is exegetically accurate, theologically sound, and intensely practical. This commentary features an introduction, extensive and practical commentary, and a helpful reference section. Throughout the book you will find: maps, charts, and diagrams, classic quotations from noted Christian thinkers, illustrations and extensive application notes. Ideal for personal Bible study, small groups, classes and sermon preparation. Commentaries have long been known for being colorless and dry with no illustrations, photos, charts, or diagrams. Being a “visual person,” I am glad to see that this 200-plus-year-old tradition is drawing to a close. —Steve
Romans, Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament by Thomas R. Schreiner / BakerIn the latest addition to the critically acclaimed Baker Exegetical Commentary, Schreiner presents a lucid analysis of Paul’s epistle to the Romans. Divided into four parts—theme summary, translation, paragraph-by-paragraph exegesis, and the exploration of interpretive and textual issues—this in-depth study inductively illustrates that the glory of God is the central theme permeating Paul’s letter. 832 pages, hardcover.
A Commentary on the Jewish Roots of Romans by Joseph Shulam / Messianic Jewish PublishersThe
numerous references to the Hebrew Bible, Qumran, and rabbinic literature make this book a must for all who wish to inquire into the meaning of the most important document in Paul’s writings and its Jewish roots.
Romans, Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture by Gerald Bray, ed. / Inter-varsity PressThis commentary on Romans collects the best and most representative of patristic commentary and homily on Romans, and it brings to the public some valuable material that has previously been unavailable in English translation. It provides a rare opportunity to encounter the familiar Pauline exposition of the righteousness of God as it echoes in the great Christian minds and communities of the early church.
Romans, Geneva Commentary Series by Robert Haldane / Banner Of TruthRobert Haldane’s Exposition of Romans, both in its contents and in the power of its influence, stands among the foremost of the many treatments of this epistle. Haldane writes both to instruct and to move; he is both an expositor and a preacher, and while he upholds orthodoxy it is not as an end in itself, it must lead to love and life. This exposition has inspired many others to enter more deeply into that same spirit. As a commentary, Thomas Chalmers ‘strongly recommended it’; Spurgeon put it in the front rank; and, more recently, Martyn Lloyd-Jones owed ‘much profit and pleasure’ to it, characterising its contents as unsurpassed in ‘warmth of spirit’ and ‘practical application’. Haldane was a wealthy descendant of Scottish nobility who devoted his wealth and talents to the spread of the gospel after his conversion during the French Revolution.
Commentary on Romans by Martin Luther / Kregel PublicationsOne of the classic works of the Reformation. It was Luther’s wrestling with the writings of Paul that led to his breakthrough insight of “justification by faith,” where the sinner comes to rely on Christ’s merits, not his own. His exegesis changed the course of history. 224 pages, softcover. Many of Luther’s works are available for free on the Internet. —Steve
by Luke Timothy Johnson / Smyth & Helwys Publishing, IncLuke Timothy Johnson here attempts to provide a “single, strong reading of Romans from beginning to end.” While Romans is considered one of the classic texts of the Reformation, Johnson presents a different perspective due in part to his Roman Catholic tradition. The aim of the commentary is to present on a popular level cutting-edge research, useful for upper-level undergraduates, seminarians, seminary-educated pastors, educated laypeople, and graduate students and professors. It focuses on large units of thought rather than each individual verse. Further, it seeks to discuss both how an author communicates as well as what the author communicates. The result is a commentary that communicates the message of Romans in a unique way, by focusing on the overall thought of Paul and his message. Luke Timothy Johnson, at the time of this work’s publication, was a professor of New Testament at Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He obtained his B.A. at Notre Dame Seminary, his M.Div. and Saint Meinrad School of Theology, and his Ph.D. at Yale University. [TOP]
Romans Volume 2 – NIV Commentary: College Press by Jack Cottrell / College Press Publishng CoThe College Press NIV Commentary by Jack Cottrell Romans Vol 2 covers the second half of Romans which covers some of the most difficult passages within the book. This book contains three distinct sections; God’s faithfulness and Israel’s unfaithfulness, the essence of a transformed life, and plans Paul hoped to accomplish. Hardcover, 499 pages, 9 1/4 x 6 1/4.
Romans, Holman New Testament Commentary Volume 6 by Kenneth Boa / Broadman /
HolmanThis commentary digs into the major themes and noteworthy details of this historic letter with an easy-to-follow format that makes it accessible for both the seasoned scholar and the casual reader. New International Version.
James R. Edwards / Hendrickson PublishersMartin Luther called Romans ”the clearest gospel of all.” But centuries of interpretive tradition and dogma have muddied the waters! Edwards’s careful exposition pays attention to literary detail and historical context to clarify the epistle’s significance for its original readers and for the church today. The NIBC format (section-by-section exposition of the NIV, all Greek transliterated, and separate textual and technical notes) make this commentary ideal for laypeople and pastors. 320 pages, paper from Hendrickson. So that commentaries can be more readable for the general public, technical discussions are assigned to the footnotes. Yet they are there if you want them! This is a good compromise. —Steve
by Stuart Briscoe / Thomas Nelson / WVolume 29: Romans THE COMMENTARY FOR PREACHERS! For those on the firing line – in pulpits, classes, Bible study programs, and fellowships there is a distinctly different kind of commentary. The Preachers Commentary Series combines rich resources of historical setting and textual interpretation with spiritual insights and contemporary illustrations specifically designed for communicators. The result is a resource by preachers/teachers for preachers/teachers. It is complete with outlines section by section expositions, illustrations and applications This authoritative commentary provides the ultimate resource for sermon and lesson preparations. General editor Lloyd J. Ogilvie brings together a team of skilled and exceptional communicators blending sound scholarship with life-related instructions. Their insights can guide you through every chapter and book of the Bible, and their organization and presentation of the material can help you share God’s Word more effectively with others.
- Paragraph by paragraph exposition
- Fresh insights into Scripture
- Contemporary application
- Rich outlines and illustrations
- Innovative ideas for communicating God’s Word with vigor and vitality
- 266 page softcover from Thomas Nelson
D. Stuart Briscoe was pastor of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, for thirty years. He and his wife, Jill, have been featured on the widely broadcast ‘Telling the Truth’ TV and radio ministries. He has written more than 40 books and preached in more than 100 countries. He and his wife have now assumed the roles of Ministers-at-Large for the church. They have three children and thirteen grandchildren.
Romans: Spirit-Filled Life New Testament Commentary by David Seemuth / Thomas Nelson / W
Clarence Bence / Wesleyan Publishing HouseRomans: A Biblical Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition is part of a commentary series that interprets the books of the Bible from a Wesleyan perspective. While is is designed primarily with lay people in mind– Sunday school teachers, Bible study leaders, students of the Word–pastors will also find it most helpful. Following the New International Version, each book of the Bible is explained paragraph by paragraph, illuminating the key concepts of each passage and how they relate to our life and times today. At the same time, the authors slow down often to examine particular details and alternative understandings that are important for understanding the bigger picture. This series offers insight into the Scripture that brings greater understanding of what the Bible says, its significance for our lives today, and further transformation into the images of Christ. [TOP]
Romans, New American Commentary by Robert Mounce / Broadman / HolmanThe New American Commentary assumes the inerrancy of Scripture, focuses on the intrinsic theological and exegetical concerns of each biblical book, and engages the range issues raised in contemporary biblical scholarship. Drawing on the skills and insights of over forty scholars and encompassing forty volumes, the NAC brings together scholarship and piety to produce a tool that enhances and supports the life of the church. Fully conversant with contemporary literature on Romans and with the thought of the apostle, Dr. Mounce has given us his mature reflection on Paul’s theological masterwork. It is a commentary that will both teach and edify even when, here or there, the reader may opt for a different interpretation. Mounce is a proven scholar of the biblical text. This commentary should be a good one. —Steve
Romans: An Expositional Commentary, Vol. 4: by James Montgomery Boice / BakerLearn to apply the principles of radical Christian living! Covering Romans 12–16, this volume helps you understand the themes of mind renewal, the need for love among Christians, the believer’s relationship to the state, and Christian liberty. Boice then applies these principles which “make a tremendous difference to… the impact of Christians in the world.” 512 pages, hardcover from Baker.
Life in Christ: A Spiritual Commentary of the Letter to the Romans by Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM, Cap. / Liturgical PressIn Life in Christ, Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, presents a project of re-evangelization and spiritual renewal based on St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans. It is therefore neither an exegetical commentary nor a theological treatise, but goes straight to the heart of what animated the Apostle when he wrote this letter. His aim was not to give the Christians of Rome–and the Christians of later generations–a difficult text on which to exercise their critical wisdom but rather to impart a spiritual gift to them so that they would be strengthened and mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.At the beginning of the third millennium a new phenomenon is spreading through the Christian Churches which can only be the work of the Holy Spirit. Up to now Christians of different denominations have proclaimed Jesus Christ mainly in competition and rivalry with one another, thus compromising our testimony in the eyes of the world. Why should we not grasp this unique occasion to start proclaiming together with brotherly love our common belief in Christ, which is far more important than what still separates us? Pope John Paul II espoused this project and expressed the wish that all Christians take this opportunity “for fruitful cooperation in the many areas which unite us; these are unquestionably more numerous than those which divide us.” Life in Christ is a contribution to the realization of this project.Cantalamessa has made the most of the insights and riches present in each one of the three main Christian traditions: Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant, avoiding those points not commonly shared by all believers in Christ, or at least by the majority of them. The Letter to the Romans lends itself to this aim because it deals with the basics of the Christian faith, leaving all the rest aside. It is the ideal basis for that “Common Witness” which is becoming more and more central to ecumenical dialogue. This is, therefore, a first and “partial” attempt to present a spirituality and a proclamation corresponding to the new grace of understanding and unity given to the Christians in the second half of this century. It is good to read and consider what others are saying about the biblical text, especially if they are making a sincere attempt to build on common ground. —Steve
The Epistle to the Romans, Black’s New Testament Commentary by C.K. Barrett / Hendrickson PublishersHere’s the newest addition to Hendrickson’s Black’s New Testament Commentary Series! Barrett’s no-stone-left-unturned analysis and straightforward, original translation make this enigmatic Epistle easily accessible to scholars, students, and laypersons. Barrett’s exposition also highlights the meanings of Paul’s exhortations for us today. This completely revised edition bears all the fruit of recent scholarship, and, as with other volumes in this series, you’ll find a Scripture index, bold-faced terms and phrases, an explanation of Greek and foreign terms, and references to primary and secondary literature. 278 pages, hardcover. Barrett is a top scholar, and his work is reliable and helpful. I could only wish it were longer so that he could have gone into more detail. —Steve
Righteous by Faith Alone: A Devotional Commentary on Romans by Herman Hoeksema, edited by David J. Engelsma / Reformed Free Publishing AssocThis exposition on what Herman Hoeksema calls “one of the richest and most beautiful parts of the word of God” is clear in language, simple and warm in teaching, rich in practical application, and faithful to Scripture. This exposition is addressed not to the scholars, but to the very same audience for whom the apostle wrote the epistle: the “beloved of God, called to be saints.” [TOP]
Romans 1-8, MacArthur New Testament Commentary by John MacArthur, Jr. / Moody PublishersJohn Calvin wrote of Romans, ”When any one gains a knowledge of this Epistle, he has an entrance opened to him to all the most hidden treasures of Scripture.” In this new commentary, John MacArthur opens the treasures of Romans to pastors and laypeople alike. Moving passage by passage through the text, he offers not merely a careful exegesis but also life-changing applications—all in a clear format and straightforward language. About 600 pages, hardcover from Moody.
Romans 9-16, MacArthur New Testament Commentary by John MacArthur, Jr. / Moody
PublishersA staunch defender of the faith, MacArthur isn’t afraid to delve into the heart of it all. In his newest exposition, he tackles some of the most problematical sections of Romans—from the tragic unbelief of Israel, to the ministry of spiritual gifts, to the unveiling of God’s plan for his people. You’ll find clear outlines, a bibliography, and indexes of Scripture, subjects, and Greek words. Because MacArthur avoids burdening you with too many linguistic and technical details, you can easily focus on the major doctrines of each passage and how they relate to the rest of Scripture—and to your daily life. 496 pages, hardcover from Moody.
Romans 1-8 (Volume 1), International Critical Commentary by C.E.B. Cranfield / ContinuumThe International Critical Commentary Series is known for its scholarly and critical approach to the scriptures. This work on Romans by Cranfield is a two-volume set, which has become one of the most important treatments of this Pauline Epistle. The introduction to the work includes textual, structural, and exegetical issues. As well Cranfield covers the history of exegesis regarding Romans and the history of the existence of this text. The commentary itself takes the reader through chapters 1-8 in this first volume, drawing out the historical and theological elements of Paul’s letter. This is one of the best commentaries on Romans written in modern times. If you are trying to understand a knotty problem in the text, Cranfield can certainly help. He does assume, however, that you understand Greek and are at ease in grammatical discussion. If this does not describe you, get another commentary on Romans.—Steve
Romans 1-8, Word Biblical Commentary by James D. G. Dunn / Thomas Nelson / WIn these recent volumes in the Word Biblical Commentary, Dunn preserves the overall sweep of Paul’s thought and emphasizes Paul’s Jewish background as crucial to his argument—two needs often ignored by other commentators on Romans. Dunn’s hearty approach is seldom found in scholarly writing. Hardcover. Dunn is another top scholar in New Testament studies. I can highly recommend this one. —Steve
Romans 9-16, Word Biblical Commentary by James D. G. Dunn / Thomas Nelson / WThe Word Biblical Commentary is a conservative and scholarly approach to the scriptures. This second volume by James Dunn on Romans (9-16) begins with a good bibliography concerning the material in this commentary but leaves the introductory material to volume one. The commentary in this volume takes each section of the book, discussing the literary, linguistic and theological nuances of Paul’s letter. A good book for any scholar interested in Romans. Dunn is strong on careful exegesis, theological insight, and sorting through alternative explanations. Highly recommended. —Steve
1 Corinthians, New International Biblical Commentary by Marion Soards / Hendrickson PublishersWith keen sensitivity, Marion L. Soards helps readers span the gap between one of the earliest Christian communities–with its concerns over Wisdom, in-groups and out-groups, manifestations of the Spirit, Christian behavior, and the resurrection of Christ–and the Christian of today. He presents Paul’s apocalyptic-eschatological outlook as a possible key to unlocking some of the more knotty passages in 1 Corinthians and helps readers realize the nature of that radical theological worldview. Marion L. Soards is professor of New Testament studies at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.
The First Epistle to the Corinthians, Black’s New Testament Commentary by C. K. Barrett / Hendrickson PublishersPerhaps more than any other of Paul’s letters, 1 Corinthians gives us insight into the nature of the early Christian church, warts and all—and challenges us to face our unsightliness today. Through Barrett’s in-depth analysis, you’ll find how the controversial issues discussed by Paul are just as relevant to today’s church—whether it’s disputes over ”wisdom,” debates over speaking in tongues, or questions about the resurrection. Like the other volumes in this series, you’ll find a Scripture index; references to primary and secondary literature; highlighted key terms and phrases; and introductions to historical, literary, and theological issues. 420 pages, hardcover from Hendrickson. [TOP] Barrett is a top scholar who does excellent work when writing a commentary. I have used this one with profit many times and can highly recommend it. —Steve
1 Corinthians, MacArthur New Testament Commentary by John MacArthur / Moody PublishersJohn Macarthur is known for his very careful and conservative interpretation of scripture. This volume on 1st Corinthians continues that conservative line. He approaches the theological questions put forth by Paul, interpreting them within a Dispensational framework. He denies the possibility of modern uses of the spiritual gifts while affirming those gifts given to all Christians. This commentary is good for any teacher or lay person interested in 1 Corinthians.
1 Corinthians, NIV Application Commentary by Craig L. Blomberg / Zondervan Corp.Most bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from the twentieth century to the first entury. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. In other words, they focus on the original meaning of the passage but don’t discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable, but the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary Series helps us with both halves of the interpretive task. This new and unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into a modern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it can speak powerfully today. Each passage is treated in three sections: Original Meaning, Bridging Contexts, and Contemporary Significance. I am acquainted with several of Blomberg’s other books and can recommend him as a scholar. —Steve
The First Epistle to the Corinthians, New International Greek Testament Commentary by Anthony Thiselton / Eerdmans Publishing Co.Leading theological scholar Anthony Thiselton provides an in-depth discussion of the language of 1 Corinthians, presents his own careful translation of the Greek, traces the main issues of interpretation from the church fathers to the present, and highlights topics of theological, ethical, and sociohistorical interest today, including ethics and”rights,” marriage, divorce and remarriage,”headship,” gender, prophecy, and many others.This work is very detailed and considers scores of scholarly research on 1 Corinthians while offering fresh discussions and contributions to assist in our understanding of this epistle. This entire series of commentaries are all excellent and highly recommended to anyone with the training to work with detailed discussions of Greek. —Steve
1 Corinthians, New International Commentary on the New Testament, NICNT, Revised by Gordon D. Fee / Eerdmans Publishing Co.The First Epistle to the Corinthians by New Testament scholar Gordon D. Fee brings his years of exegetical skill and expertise in textual criticism to bear on the first letter of Paul to the church at Corinth. It was written to replace the 1953 New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT) volume on 1 Corinthians written by F.W. Grosheide, and answers some of questions and problems which have emerged since then in the interpretation of 1 Corinthians.Fee tries to place each section of the epistle in the overall development of the letter and its argument. Thus, he looks at 1 Corinthians in the context of the epistolary exchanges between Paul and the city of Corinth, focusing on the historical, cultural, and social settings. He offers insight on the possible presuppositions held by the Corinthians which shaped the letter, and argues that is must be viewed first and foremost as a letter from the apostle to a beloved church. If it is seen as a manual of church order, or a directory of public worship, or even a digest of canon law, its true message and implications will be missed.Overview of the NICNT:
- Theologically moderate/conservative
- Technical (knowledge of Greek and Aramaic necessary)
- Emphasizes historical/literary contexts
- Geared for scholars and pastors
Unique features of The First Epistle to the Corinthians, by Gordon D. Fee:
- Introductions to the historical/literary context for most individual verses, all paragraphs, and all larger sections
- Exegesis of the entire book from a consistent perspective as to the historical situation
- Discussion based on textual criticism of every exegetically significant variant
- Observations about application for each paragraph
Fee is an excellent scholar from the Pentecostal movement. He is particularly good at textual criticism and carefully articulated and applied hermeneutics. I have used this volume with great satisfaction. —Steve
1 Corinthians: The IVP New Testament Commentary Series by Alan F. Johnson / Inter-varsity PressUpwardly mobile Christians facing radically diverse ethnic, religious, economic and social conditions. The church divided over issues of leadership and authority, sexual morality, gender and worship, marriage and divorce. Sound familiar? First-century Corinth and its challenges were not so different from our own. Yet in the midst of this detailed, practical letter is found one of the greatest paeans to love ever written. And, of course, love is just what is needed to address these complex human issues whether in the first century or the twenty-first. In this deft analysis of 1 Corinthians, readers will find an introduction that discusses the social, cultural and historical background of the city and its people. Rounding out the introduction are explorations of the letter’s occasion and date, authorship and purpose, and major theological themes. Passage-by-passage commentary follows that seeks to explain what the letter means for us today as well as what it meant for its original hearers.
1 Corinthians, Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament by David E. Garland / BakerWinner of the 2004 Christianity Today Award of Merit in the Biblical Studies category! Rich in implications for congregational life and practice, 1 Corinthians remains among Paul’s most important and controversial epistles. Garland’s accessible new volume in the preacher-friendly Baker Exegetical Commentary offers verse-by-verse insight into this complex book. Combining careful research with an able grasp of the issues confronting Paul’s Greco-Roman readers, Garland interacts with other commentators and includes extensive notes. [TOP]
1st Corinthians, Interpretation Commentary by Richard Hays / Westminster / John KnoxPaul addresses issues in First Corinthians that aren’t always grounded in explicitly theological problems. Yet he frames them in theological terms and reflects on them in light of the gospel. Now Hays discusses the letter’s major theological themes, offering Paul as a model for ministry. A long-awaited addition to the acclaimed Interpretation Commentary! 328 pages, hardcover from Westminster/John Knox.
The Book of 1 Corinthians: 21st Century Biblical Commentary by Dan Mitchell / Amg PublishersThe apostle Paul challenged first-century Christians to live as saints in a sinful world. Today’s believers still struggle with the same issues—unity, sexual morality, divorce, authority, and spiritual gifts. Mitchell’s practical commentary provides guidance for those who seek to live for Christ in a culture that’s hostile to Jesus and all he represents. 288 pages, hardcover from AMG.
by Gregory J. Lockwood / Concordia Publishing HouseThe third volume in the Concordia Commentary series. Beginning with a literal translation and textual notes on the original Greek text, it expounds on the theology of the epistle for the benefit of the church today. The central theme of this commentary is that “the word of the cross” (1:18) is the basis for the church’s unity (ch. 1-4), holiness (ch. 5-7), freedom (ch. 8-10), worship (ch. 11-14), and resurrection hope (ch. 15-16). It is particularly strong in its exegetical treatment of key passages that involve doctrines and practices that have been items of contention among modern Christian denominations.
1st Corinthians, Abingdon New Testament Commentary by Richard Horsley / Abingdon Press”From the Publisher:” Abingdon New Testament Commentary Series 1 Corinthians by Richard Horsley This commentary for students of theology includes introduction, commentary, annotated bibliography, and selective index. The New Revised Standard Version is the principal translation.
I Corinthians – NIV Commentary: College Press by Richard Oster / College Press
Publishng CoThe College Press NIV Commentary has been designed for the serious student as well as the growing Christian. Volumes contain the following features:
- Biblically sound exegesis
- Objective approach
- New International Version
- Practical footnotes
- Fresh style and study format
- Concise introductions
- Key Greek word translation and clear exposition
First Corinthians was written to a church rocked by division. The church at Corinth is a warning of what our churches today are fast becoming. We must first read Paul’s instructions to the corinthians! Only then will we truly be united in Christ.
I know Oster and have greatly benefited from his teachings and writings. He is particularly qualified in illuminating the Hellenistic background of the first-century Mediterranean world and in doing careful exegesis based on the original Greek text. I highly recommend this commentary. —Steve
Historical Commentary on First Corinthians by William Ramsay / Kregel PublicationsRamsay’s study of Paul’s letter to the troubled church in Corinth highlights its cultural background and spiritual significance. Although Ramsay’s writings are dated (more than 100 years old), he was a top scholar on the historical and cultural background of the New Testament. Keep in mind, however, that extensive excavations took place at Corinth only long after Ramsay’s death. Someone needs to update this volume like hiscommentary on Galatians. —Steve
The Book of 1 Corinthians: 21st Century Biblical Commentary by Dan Mitchell / Amg PublishersThe apostle Paul challenged first-century Christians to live as saints in a sinful world. Today’s believers still struggle with the same issues—unity, sexual morality, divorce, authority, and spiritual gifts. Mitchell’s practical commentary provides guidance for those who seek to live for Christ in a culture that’s hostile to Jesus and all he represents. 288 pages, hardcover from AMG.
2 Corinthians, New International Biblical Commentary by James M. Scott / Hendrickson PublishersNew in the prestigious NIBCNT! James Scott explores Second Corinthians, shedding light on the personal aspect of Paul’s problems at Corinth. Emphasizing the two major motifs of the merkabah(heavenly throne-chariot) and Korah’s rebellion, Scott suggests that Paul saw his embattled situation as parallel to that of Moses during the rebellion. Includes a brief introduction and references. 300 pages, softcover, Hendrickson. [TOP] Scott’s is an intriguing thesis about Second Corinthians that ought to be pursued. —Steve
The Second Epistle to the Corinthians, Black’s New Testament Commentary by C. K. Barrett / Hendrickson PublishersIntended audience: laypeople, pastors, scholars. Original languages: Greek words occasionally appear in Greek script; Hebrew words appear in transliteration. C. K. Barrett is emeritus professor of Divinity at the University of Durham, England, and Vice President of the British and Foreign Bible Society. His commentary is one of the “standards” on 2 Corinthians. Note: Black’s New Testament Commentaries are the same as Harper’s New Testament Commentaries. You should get this one along with Barrett’s commentaries on Romans and First Corinthians. He is a great scholar and works through knotty problems in the text with fairness to all competing interpretations. —Steve
2 Corinthians – MacArthur NT Commentary by John MacArthur / Moody PublishersPreachers and teachers often overlook second Corinthians. Dr. MacArthur feels this is an immense loss to the church because it has so much to offer. In this commentary he focuses on themes of struggle and suffering, restoration and reconciliation. This commentary is verse-by-verse, expository, deals with linguistics when it is helpful to the interpretation and examines the major doctrines in the text and how they relate to the whole of Scripture.
2nd Corinthians, NICNT, Revised, New International Commentary on the New Testament by Paul Barnett / Eerdmans Publishing Co.This commentary illuminates the historical background of the church at Corinth and clarifies the meaning of Paul’s passionate letter both for those first-century Christians and for today. Barnett assumes and argues for the unity of the letter and takes the view that Paul is addressing the issue of triumphalism in Corinth expressed by the newly-arrived missionaries who portray Paul as inferior to themselves. It is also endemic among the Corinthians. According to Barnett, the recurring theme of the letter is power-in-weakness, based on the motif of the Resurrection of the Crucified, which lies at the heart of the gospel of Christ. It is easy to lose sight of the overview by focusing on the details–what I like to call not missing the forest for the bark. Barnett, it seems, avoids this mistake. —Steve
2 Corinthians, The Crossway Classic Commentaries by Charles Hodge / Good News PublishingEven now, decades or centuries later, the brilliance of men like Calvin, Hodge, and Spurgeon still speaks through the Crossway Classic Commentaries, which present the all-time best, written commentaries on individual books of the Bible. Each volume has been abridged and stylistically adapted for today’s readers by series editors J. I. Packer and Alister McGrath, while carefully preserving the meaning and message of the original expositors.
2 Corinthians, Word Biblical Commentary by Ralph Martin / Thomas Nelson PublishersThe Word Biblical Commentary is a scholarly approach to the scriptures. This volume on 2 Corinthians by Ralph Martin begins with introductory notes discussing the history and composition of the text, the setting, date and author, the contents of the letter and a review of 1 Corinthians. The commentary then analyzes the epistle using linguistic and historical tools. Definitely a scholarly text. Because Martin is an excellent, careful scholar, this commentary should be a good one. —Steve
The Second Epistle to the Corinthians, New International Greek Testament Commentary by Murray J. Harris / Eerdmans Publishing Co.The Greek text of Paul’s most personal epistle is fully explicated against the backdrop of his tumultuous relations with new converts in Corinth. The chronology of events, the flow of the argument, and the significance of the issues are clearly set forth. Meets fully the standards of this outstanding series. 1072 pages, hardcover. Eerdmans. This commentary is definitely not for the faint of heart. It is designed for readers throroughly familiar with Greek and with detailed discussion of grammar, hermeneutics, cultural background, etc. If this describes you, get this volume and all the others available in this series. —Steve
II Corinthians, A Commentary by Frank J. Matera / Westminster / John KnoxFocusing on the theological and rhetorical dimension of this letter, and always attentive to its historical setting, Frank Matera provides a reading of 2 Corinthians that embraces the letter’s literary integrity. Hardcover, 332 pages. WJK.
2 Corinthians – NIV Commentary: College Press by Bill Baker /
College Press Publishng CoThe NIV Commentary Series is a serious effort to join scholarship of two branches of this unity movement so as to speak with one voice concerning the Word of God. Our desire is to provide a resource for your study of the New Testament that will benefit you whether you are preparing a Bible School lesson, a sermon, a college course, or your own personal devotions. Today as we survey the wreckage of a broken world, we must turn again to the Lord and his Word, unite under his banner and communicate the life-giving message to those who are in desperate need. This is our purpose. Assuming Baker’s work is consistent with the standard set by Oster in First Corinthians, this should be a helpful and trustworthy commentary. —Steve
2 Corinthians, The New American Commentary by David Garland / Broadman / HolmanThis commentary features the complete NIV text, including transliterated Hebrew and Greek for the benefit of the non-specialist. Emphasizing theological unity of Scripture as a whole, Dr. Garland also provides concise historical background to help you better understand the context of each biblical book. Brief biographies and helpful indexes round out this outstanding resource.
2 Corinthians: New Testament Commentary by Simon J. Kistemaker & William
Hendriksen / BakerPaul lovingly ministered to the troubled church at Corinth and his letters reflect his concern for its people. Kistemaker’s masterful exposition of 2 Corinthians profiles Paul’s dynamic leadership at a time when the young church was plagued with dissension and theological confusion. This accessible resource includes an informative introduction and notes on the Greek text. 512 pages, hardcover from Baker.
2 Corinthians, Believers Church Bible Commentary by V. George Shillington /
Herald PressThe author has immersed himself in the study of Paul and of 2 Corinthians. This epistle is Paul’s personal testimony about his ministry in defending the truth of the gospel. The thread that ties the two parts together is Paul’s conviction on pastoral ministry under the banner of Christ. Paul insists that ministry is to be borne in affliction, in imitation of Christ crucified. The only boast allowed is in the Lord, not in one’s own achievements or elevated experiences.
Belleville / Inter-varsity PressThis commentary seeks to move from the text to its contemporary application. It offers a unique combination of solid, evangelical biblical exposition and helpful explanatory notes in the same user friendly format. The series has tapped the unique blend of scholars and pastors who share both a passion for faithful exegesis and a deep concern for the church. In this careful study of 2 Corinthians, readers will find an introduction that discusses the letter’s occasion and purpose, authorship, and other background information, as well as an exposition focusing on its important theological themes. [TOP]
2 Corinthians 1-7 (Volume 1), International Critical Commentary by Margaret E. Thrall / ContinuumWhether the Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians is a single document or a compilation of two or more and the question of Paul’s relations with the Corinthian church between the dispatch of the First and the composition of the Second letter (or letters) have been matters of debate since the eighteenth century. Margaret Thrall’s commentary engages with these and all the other issues associated with 2 Corinthians. There follows a detailed verse-by-verse exegesis of chapters 1-7, which attempts to understand the viewpoint of the original readers of the text as well as Paul’s own.This volume covers many of Paul’s writings which have evoked considerable scholarly interest in recent years. A scholarly work. The I.C.C. series of commentaries is for those familiar with the Greek text and scholarly discussions of competing interpretations. This is an in-depth commentary. —Steve
2 Corinthians 8-13 (Volume 2), International Critical Commentary by Margaret E. Thrall / ContinuumThrall provides a detailed, verse-by-verse exegesis of chapters 8-13, which attempts to understand the viewpoint of the original readers of the text as well as Paul’s own.This volume covers many of Paul’s writings which have evoked considerable scholarly interest in recent years. A scholarly work. This is volume two of the commentary immediately above. It assumes you are familiar with the Greek text and can understand scholarly discussions of competing interpretations. This is an in-depth commentary. —Steve
New International Biblical Commentary (NIBC), Galatians by Ann Jervis / Hendrickson PublishersBased on the widely-used New International Version, the NIBC presents careful, section-by-section exposition, with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Greek transliterated. A separate section of notes at the close of each chapter provides additional textual and technical comments. Each commentary also includes a selected bibliography as well as Scripture and subject indexes.
by James D. G. Dunn / Hendrickson PublishersThe newest addition to the Black’s New Testament Commentary Series! Dunn explores the book of Galatians—possibly Paul’s boldest exposition of the Gospel and one of the best demonstrations that his theology emerged from the framework of a living community. Dunn’s penetrating analysis and original translation makes Paul’s rhetoric accessible to scholars, students, and laypersons. As with the other volumes in this series, you can expect a Scripture index, highlighted terms and phrases, explanation of Greek and foreign terms, and references to primary and secondary literature. 400 pages, hardcover from Hendrickson. Because of Dunn’s other excellent work and the standard set by others in this series, I expect this to be a top, in-depth commentary. —Steve
Commentary on Galatians: Modern English Edition by Martin Luther / BakerThis is the only version of Martin Luther’s Commentary on Galatiansavailable in contemporary English, and it reaffirms for us the doctrine of salvation by faith alone. For Luther, this was the primary Christian doctrine; he felt that “If this doctrine is lost, then is also the whole knowledge of truth, life and salvation lost. If this doctrine flourish, then all good things flourish.” This commentary attempts to distinguish between Christian righteousness and all other forms of righteousness, and sets forth Paul’s understanding of justification.Overview of Luther’s Commentary on Galatians:
- An independent, one-volume commentary on Paul’s letter to the churches in Galatia
- Theologically conservative (Reformed)
- Uses the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible
- Non-technical (no knowledge of Greek necessary)
- A verse-by-verse exposition of the Epistle to the Galatians
- One of the clearest expositions on the doctrine of justification by faith
- Geared for Christians of all levels of learning, from scholar to layperson
Luther’s Commentary on Galatians is also available for free on the Internet. See my “Depths/Mind” page for a link. —Steve
Galatians, MacArthur New Testament Commentary by John MacArthur, Jr. / Moody PublishersDr. MacArthur explores the themes of Christian liberty and freedom in Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Practical illustrations and clear, simple exposition make this volume indispensable for pastors and laypeople alike! Hardcover. [TOP]
by Richard Longenecker / Thomas Nelson / WThis commentary is based on the Greek text but is still accessible to those who are not proficient in Greek. It is particularly strong on the Jewish roots of the Galatian debate. Richard Longenecker is Ramsey Armitage Professor of New Testament, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. He is a graduate of Wheaton College, Wheaton Graduate School of Theology, and New College, University of Edinburgh.
by Scot McKnight / Zondervan Corp.Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from the twentieth century to the first century. But they leave us there assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. In other words they focus on the original meaning of the passage but don’t discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable but the job is only half done. The NIV Application Commentary Series help us with both halves of the interpretive task. This new and unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into a modern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it can speak powerfully today. Each passage is treated in three sections: Original Meaning, Bridging Contexts, and Contemporary Significance.
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans – Galations, Volume 10 by Zondervan Corp.The Expositor’s Bible Commentary is meant to be an Evangelical scholarly treatment of the scriptures. This volume, number 10 of the series, covers Romans, 1 Corinthians 2 Corinthians and Galatians. Each commentator begins with introductory notes and then analyzes the text of each book on historical, linguistic and theological levels. Everett Harrison (Romans) is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and the University of Pennsylvania. He is professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. W. Harold Mare (1 Corinthians) is a graduate of Faith Theological Seminary and the University of Pennsylvania. He is professor of New Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary. Murray Harris (2 Corinthians) is a graduate of the University of Mancheser. He is Lecturer in New Testament at Bible College of New Zealand. James Boice (Galatians) is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Basel. He is a pastor in Philadelphia.
Galatians: The John Phillips Commentary Series by Kregel PublicationsThe John Phillips Commentary Series is designed to provide pastors, Sunday school teachers, and students of the Scripture with doctrinally sound interpretation that emphasizes the practical application of Bible truth. Working from the familiar King James Version, Dr. Phillips not only provides helpful commentary on the text, but also includes detailed outlines and numerous illustrations and quotations. Anyone wanting to explore the meaning of God’s Word in greater depth – for personal spiritual growth or as a resource for preaching and teaching – will welcome the guidance and insights of this respected series.
Grace in Galatia Commentary on Galatians by Ben Witherington / Eerdmans Publishing Co.Focusing on Paul’s most polemical letter, Ben Witherington’s groundbreaking Grace in Galatia features the latest discussion of major issues in Pauline studies. Paul’s view of the law and the relationship between the historical data in Galatians and Acts are meticulously explored, while special sections at the end of each chapter highlight the relevance of the text for today’s believer. An illuminating, accessible commentary for general readers, as well as students and scholars! 512 pages, softcover, T. & T. Clark. Witherington has written a number of important volumes lately. This one should be worth getting. —Steve
Galatians, New American Commentary by Timothy George / Broadman / HolmanThe New American Commentary is for those who have been seeking a commentary that honors the Scriptures, represents the finest in contemporary evangelical scholarship, and lends itself to the practical work of preaching and teaching. This series serves as a minister’s friend and a student’s guide. The New American commentary assumes the inerrancy of Scripture, focuses on the intrinsic theological and exegetical concerns of each Biblical book, and engages the range of issues raised in contemporary biblical scholarship. Drawing on the skills and insights of over forty scholars and encompassing forty volumes, the NAC brings together scholarship and piety to produce a tool that enhances and supports the life of the church. [TOP]
The Epistle to the Galatians, New International Commentary on the New Testament, NICNT by R. Y. K. Fung / Eerdmans Publishing Co.In this careful and balanced commentary, Fung contributes to scholarly discussion of Paul’s writing and to the needs of preacher and student. He argues that the doctrine of justification by faith was central to Paul’s ministry from the beginning, and he shows how the apostle set out the doctrine in response to the Galatian crisis. The detailed commentary is based on the NEB. Hardcover. This series is consistently good. —Steve
Galatians Reformed Expository Commentary by Philip Graham Ryken / P & R PublisihingWe see all around us that the world is on a quest for pleasure, power, profit, and position. Many Christians struggle to live faithfully in such a world and stay true to Christ’s command to be in the world, but not of it. Taking direction from the Puritans, John Calvin, and others, Joel Beeke guides readers to the biblical alternatives to worldliness: genuine piety and holiness.
by Martin Luther / Good News PublishingThe wisdom of the ages can still be read through the Crossway Classic Commentaries, which present the very best all-time commentaries on individual books of the Bible. Each volume has been abridged and stylistically adapted for today’s readers, but also carefully preserves the original meaning and message of the expositor. New to the series is Martin Luther’s commentary on Galatians. His unveiling of this New Testament text will give pastors and serious Bible students a thorough handle on its key passages, including the dangers of legalism and divisions within the faith. For hundreds of years Christendom has been blessed with Bible commentaries written by great men of God who were highly respected for their godly walk and tehir insight into spiritual truth. ever since it was written, the apostle Paul’s letter to the believers in Galatia has nurtured trust and assurance in Christ. Its grand themes of the superiority of Scripture over human reason, the sufficiency of Christ’s atonement through his death, and the freedom of justification through faith alone continue to energize and enlighten Christians today. This classic commentary from the heart of a courageous apostle will encourage and equip all who desire to undertand, live out and communicate the true gospel of Jesus Christ.
by William Ramsay / Kregel PublicationsAs a writer and scholar whose career spanned the latter part of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century, Sir William Ramsay’s keen insights into first-century culture and geography have always been valued by biblical scholars of succeeding generations. One of his best-known works, Historical commentary on Galatians is a classic study of the cultural and historical backgrounds of Paul’s letter. Ramsay’s view of the perplexing problem of the North/South Galatians question remains as applicable today as when it was first published in 1899. Newly edited by Dr. Mark Wilson, the revised text takes into account historical developments since 1899, most notably the insertion of modern Turkish names, when known, for various sites the inclusion of more bibliographical information. Ramsay’s excellent historical work is well known. This volume is a classic defense of the southern Galatia (Roman province of Galatia) alternative and of the early dating of Galatians (around 50 CE). —Steve
Galatians, Abingdon New Testament Commentary Series by Sam Williams / Abingdon PressFrom the Publisher: This commentary for students of theology includes introduction, commentary, annotated bibliography, and selective index. The New Revised Standard Version is the principal translation.
by Edgar Andrews / Evangelical PressPaul’s epistle to the Galatians can be summarized by one simple question: What is the gospel? What is the real gospel, as opposed to false gospels or (to use Paul’s own terminology) perverted gospels? This commentary presents a clear, concise and practical exposition of the apostle Paul’s great letter. Dr. Andrews addresses the massive issues of the book of Galatians with a clarity and relevance that will be appreciated by all those who have an interest in promoting the true gospel of Jesus Christ. [TOP]
Galatians & Ephesians – NIV Commentary: College Press by Kenneth Boles / College Press Publishng CoThe College Press NIV Commentary has been designed for the serious student as well as the growing Christian. Volumes contain the following features:
- Biblically Sound Exegesis
- Objective Approach
- New International Version
- Practical footnotes
- Fresh Style and Study Format
- Concise Introductions
- Key Greek Word Translation and Clear Exposition
Throughout the history of the church the message of Galatians has helped to free men from chains of false doctrine. Ephesians: we are saved by grace through faith ! We do not earn our salvation; it is the gift of God. This is the good news of Ephesians.
Ancient Christian Commentary : Galatians Ephesians Philippians by Mark Edwards, ed. / Inter-varsity PressPaul’s letters to the Galatians, Ephesians and Philippians have struck an indelible impression on Christian tradition and piety. The doctrines of Christ, of salvation and of the church all owe their profiles to these letters. And, for patristic interpreters, who read Scripture as a single book and were charged with an insatiable curiosity regarding the mysteries of the Godhead, these letters offered profound visions seldom captured by modern eyes. Trinitarian truth was patterned in the apostle’s praise of God who is “over all, through all, and in all” (Ephesians 4:6). Without a doubt the greatest text in this collection of letters is the “Christ hymn” of Philippians 2:6-11.This commentary offers an unparalleled close-up view of the fathers weighing the words and phrases of this panoramic charting of the Savior’s journey from preexistence, to incarnation, to crucifixion and to triumphant exaltation as universal Lord. This volume opens a treasury of resources for biblical study today. The expository voices of Jerome, Origen, Augustine, Chrysostom, Ambrosiaster, Theodoret, Marius Victorinus, and Theodore of Mopsuestia speak again with eloquence and intellectual acumen, some in English translation for the first time. I am always looking for commentaries that provide information not available elsewhere. This series of commentaries seems to fall into such a category, with regard to the early Church Fathers. —Steve
Galatians-Colossians, Holman New Testament Commentary Volume 8 by Max Anders / Broadman / HolmanThe series continues – a series that answers the questions students of the Bible ask most. An eight-step approach leads the reader from the introduction with contemporary illustrations, through verse-by-verse commentary, to a conclusion and life application. “Deeper Discoveries” help the reader understand the most important words, phrases, and teaching of each chapter. A teaching outline helps the reader to internalize what has been read, organize its message, and prepare to share it with others. The “Final Issues for Discussion” section brings closure to the reader’s study. A closing prayer personalizes the study and commits the reader to live out the truths studied. New International Version is the base text.
Galatians, Philippians, Philemon, 1 Thessalonians: Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament by E. Krentz, J. Koenig & D.H. Juel / Augsburg / Fortress
by Maxie D. Dunnam / Thomas Nelson / WVolume 31: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon THE COMMENTARY FOR PREACHERS! For those on the firing line – in pulpits, classes, Bible study programs, and fellowships there is a distinctly different kind of commentary. The Preachers Commentary Series combines rich resources of historical setting and textual interpretation with spiritual insights and contemporary illustrations specifically designed for communicators. The result is a resource by preachers/teachers for preachers/teachers. It is complete with outlines section by section expositions, illustrations and applications.This authoritative commentary provides the ultimate resource for sermon and lesson preparations. General editor Lloyd J. Ogilvie brings together a team of skilled and exceptional communicators blending sound scholarship with life related instructions. Their insights can guide you through every chapter and book of the Bible. And their organization and presentation of the material can help you share God’s Word more effectively with others. Paragraph by paragraph exposition Fresh insights into Scripture Contemporary application Rich outlines and illustrations Innovative ideas for communicating God’s Word with vigor and vitality 410 page softcover from Thomas Nelson.Dr. Maxie D. Dunnam is President of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Widely known as an evangelist, and a pioneer in small group ministries, he organized and served three United Methodist churches before joining the Upper Room Fellowship. He created the Upper Room Crusillo that later became the Walk to Emmaus. He has served other churches and authored over 40 books as well as video/study correspondence courses. He and his wife, Jerry Lynn, have three children.
Ephesians, MacArthur New Testament Commentary by John MacArthur / Moody PublishersThis commentary on Ephesians forms part of the MacArthur New Testament Commentary Series and is basically explanatory, or expository. It is not linguistically technical, but deals with linguistics when this seems helpful to proper interpretation. It is not theologically expansive, but focuses on the major doctrines in each text and on how they relate to the whole of Scripture. It is not primarily homiletical, though each unit of thought is generally treated as one chapter, with a clear outline and logical flow of thought. Most truths are illustrated and applied with other Scripture. After establishing the context of a passage, Dr. MacArthur follows closely the writer’s development and reasoning. [TOP]
Ephesians, NIV Application Commentary by Klyne Snodgrass / Zondervan Corp.Ephesians emphasizes the Gospel’s twin pillars of change and choice. It explores how conversion (change) is a gift of God, which demands choices between disunity and unity, good and bad family life, good and bad social structures. The place that change and choice ever and again come together is in our liturgy and worship. Ephesians is filled with prayer and praise for our great and sovereign Lord, who shows us, as we worship him, that we cannot become a new creature without acting like one, and that knowing how to act can only come if we recognize the great change brought about in the new life in Jesus Christ.The NIV Application Commentary Series helps with both halves of the interpretive task. This new and unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into a modern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it can speak powerfully today.
Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary by Harold W. Hoehner / BakerMeticulously researched and comprehensive in scope, Hoehner’s long-awaited commentary on Ephesians is finally here! Issues of authorship, structure, historical setting, purpose, and theology are thoroughly explored and informed by interaction with contemporary scholarship. Careful transliteration and translations of the Greek along with solid verse-by-verse exegesis offer unparalleled insight into the text. Indispensable! 960 pages, hardcover from Baker.
Ephesians, Word Biblical Commentary by Andrew T. Lincoln / Thomas Nelson / W(PUBWord, WBC)”Now the best English-language commentary on this epistle”—New Testament Commentary Survey. 494 pages, hardcover.
by Peter O’Brien / Eerdmans Publishing Co.The Letter to the Ephesians, the newest offering from The Pillar New Testament Commentary, is destined to become the standard on this profoundly influential book. With the scholarly excellence characteristic of the series, Peter O’Brien, a foremost New Testament authority, shows how the Epistle summarizes God’s magnificent plan of salvation in Christ and spells out his divine purpose for believers today. Designed for pastors, teachers, and all students of the Bible. 608 pages, hardcover,Eerdmans.
Ephesians: Spirit-Filled Life New Testament Commentary by Jack W. Hayford / Thomas Nelson / WA new commentary series for the Charismatic and Pentecostal faiths. Each of these authors has been hand-picked by Dr. Jack Hayford. These men and women represent the finest in conservative evangelical Spirit-filled scholarship in North America. But all have written in a way that can be understood by the average reader.
by David S. Dockery / Broadman / Holman [TOP]
by Ernest Best / ContinuumReplaces the 1909 Abbot volume in the ICC. Best seems to have spent a lifetime researching difficult passages, poring over scholarly journals, comparing the opinions of exegetes from the early church to today, and trying to piece together how Ephesians compares to Colossians. Definitive. 704 pages, hardcover. The I.C.C. series represents some of the best commentaries available in the English language. This one is not for newbies. Best assumes you are familiar with Greek and with weighing competing scholarly arguments. —Steve
Ephesians: A Bible Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition by Mark A. Holmes / Wesleyan Publishing HouseWritten from a Wesleyan perspective, this commentary follows your Bible, paragraph by paragraph, making it easy to find answers to the questions that arise in your personal devotions or in Bible study. Ephesians is a guide to relationships, relationships with God, self, family, society and the church. It is the owner’s manual for the Christian life, complete with background for understanding the experience and specific instructions for daily operation.
Ephesians, Abingdon New Testament Commentary Series by Pheme Perkins / Abingdon PressFrom the Publisher: Abingdon New Testament Commentary Series Ephesians by Pheme Perkins. This commentary for students of theology includes introduction, commentary, annotated bibliography, and selective index. The New Revised Standard Version is the principal translation.
Published by Tyndale House When Paul wrote Ephesians, he wanted his readers to see God’s eternal purpose for the church. Paul claimed to have received a revelation about the church that hadnever been known before–that the church would be comprised of both Jewish and Gentile believers, sharing equal status in the body. Written by the team who designed and wrote the Life Application Bible, this commentary series is factually accurate, theologically sound, and intensely practical. Every serious student of the Bible wants to understand the text, to discover the biblical principles, and to apply those timeless truths to his or her life.
Ephesians Intervarsity New Testament Commentary by Walter Liefeld / Inter-varsity Press”Written with warm pastoral insight, this commentary supplies readers with a helpful introduction, covering authorship, date, background material and a summary of theological themes on Paul’s letters to the Ephesians. A passage-by-passage exposition follows that focuses on understanding what Paul had to say to his original readers in order to see its relevance for the church today.
Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, New International Biblical Commentary by Arthur Patzia / Hendrickson PublishersThe New International Biblical Commentary is a conservative treatment of the scriptures. This volume on Ephesians, Colossians and Philemon begins with an introductory section which discusses the origin, authorship, purpose and contents of these letters. The commentary is scholarly yet readable and draws out Paul’s message to each church. This is a good commentary for students or informed readers. Arthur G. Patzia is associal professor of New Testament and director of Fuller Theological Seminary.
Philippians, New International Biblical Commentary by F.F. Bruce / Hendrickson PublishersF. F. Bruce shares the riches of a lifetime of Pauline studies in this commentary on Paul’s letter to his beloved church at Philippi. Bruce’s practical and theological exposition, helpfully based on the NIV, steers readers to better appreciate the contemporary relevance of Paul’s wisdom and confidence in the all-sufficiency of the Gospel, and to share in Paul’s joy of ”knowing Christ.” 183 pages, paper from Hendrickson. [TOP] Anything written by Bruce is worth getting, especially on a letter of Paul, because Bruce was a world-renowned expert on Paul, the Book of Acts, and first-century Mediterranean history and culture. —Steve
The Epistle to the Philippians Black’s New Testament Commentary by Markus Bockmuehl / Hendrickson PublishersLooking for a readable, thorough exposition of Paul’s letter to the Philippians? This volume of Black’s New Testament Commentarydelivers it! Based on his own translation of the text, Bockmuehl’s verse-by-verse exegesis puts the epistle into historical context, while offering fresh insight into Paul’s views on divine grace, the incarnation, and the Christian ethic. Includes a detailed bibliography. 327 pages, hardcover from Hendrickson.
Philippians, MacArthur New Testament Commentary by John MacArthur, Jr. / Moody PublishersGifted Bible teacher John MacArthur continues his best-selling commentary series with Philippians. Focusing on the central theme of joy, he asserts that it is a gift from God to believers—given by the Holy Spirit, experienced through obedience, deepened by trials, and made complete through the hope of heaven. 352 pages, hardcover from Moody.
by Frank Thielman / Zondervan Corp.Phillipians is Paul’s letter of encouragement to a church that has done their best to be obedient to his words and teachings. Paul gives them gratitude and then follows it with encouragement and a prescription for unity. Frank Thielman has written From Plight to Solution: A Jewish Framework for Understanding Paul ‘s Views of the Law in Galatians and Romans, as well as articles for various scholarly publications.
by Gerald Hawthorne / Thomas Nelson / WThe Word Biblical Commentary series is a conservative and scholarly treatment of the scriptures. This work by Gerald Hawthorne is an award-winning commentary thought by many to be the best on Philippians. This volume begins with an introductory section discussing authorship, dating, purpose, recipients and theology. The commentary is based on deep historical and linguistic study, drawing out the message of the text. Gerald Hawthorne is professor of Greek at Wheaton College. He received degrees from Wheaton College and the University of Chicago.
Philippians, Second Edition, Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament by Moises Silva / BakerSilva has revised this valuable study of the epistle of joy, wrestling with exegetical/expositional issues that are critical in understanding major themes in Paul’s thought, then applying them to our modern world. Substantive research in a user-friendly format. 288 pages, hardcover. Silva, whom I met once at a Society of Biblical Literature conference, is a good scholar and an expert on proper hermeneutics, the science and art of biblical interpretation. His commentary is worth getting. —Steve
Philippians: IVP New Testament Commentary Series Volume 11 by Gordon Fee / Inter-varsity PressIn this passage-by-passage exposition, you’ll discover what Paul’s letter meant to the Philippians and what it means to us. by studying the letter’s purpose, authorship, and theological themes, you’ll see how Paul’s strategy of reminding the church of its “partnership in the gospel” and its need to “stand firm in one spirit” is still important today. 192 pages, hardcover. [TOP] Fee is a world-class scholar on textual criticism and hermeneutics, as well as biblical exegesis. Anything he writes is worth getting. He is from a Pentecostal background. —Steve
Philippians and Philemon, Abingdon New Testament Commentary by Carolyn Osiek / Abingdon PressNew in the Abingdon New Testament Commentary series, Carolyn Osiek’s concise look at Philippians & Philemon is a combination of up-to-date scholarship and clear exposition of Paul’s thought. While traditional exegetical questions and contemporary theological concerns are dealt with, special effort is given to probing the social controversies of the Pauline churches. Issues of gender roles and slavery are given particular attention as they arise in the text. 160 pages, softcover.
Colossians, Abingdon New Testament Commentary by David M. Hay / Abingdon PressFrom the Publisher: Abingdon New Testament Commentary Series Colossians by David Hay This commentary for students of theology includes introduction, commentary, annotated bibliography, and selective index. The New Revised Standard Version is the principal translation.
by Alden Gannett / Kregel PublicationsGannett focuses on the centrality of Christ — who He is, what He did for us on the cross, and how He wants to live in and through us — and the practical difference He makes in daily life. Gannett shows that Christians are not only saved by grace, they also live in grace. Jesus Christ wants to be more than our Savior: He wants to become our very life.
by John MacArthur, Jr. / Moody PublishersThe theme of Paul’s letter to the Colossians is the complete adequacy of Christ in contrast to the emptiness of mere human philosophy—a timely message in the face of the do-it-yourself, anything-goes New Age movement. MacArthur expounds on Paul’s themes as he moves passage-by-passage through the text of Colossians and Philemon. His careful exegesis and life-changing applications—expressed in a clear style and easily understandable language—will appeal to both pastors and laypeople. Hardcover from Moody.
Colossians & Philemon, NIV Application Commentary by David Garland / Zondervan Corp.Did Paul write Colossians? Was it forged from another source? Does it belong in the canon if not written by Paul? What is the Coslossian Heresy? Was the command for wives to obey and husbands to love just for that culture? Or is it for all believers? All of these questions are masterfully answered in this commentary. The truths are also applied to our culture today.The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our postmodern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today. [TOP]
The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon, New International Greek Testament Commentary by James D. G. Dunn / Eerdmans Publishing Co.In this detailed exposition of Paul’s letters to the Colossians and Philemon, noted scholar Dunn gives you a dynamic picture of the life of the early church and, in particular, Paul’s mission to the Colossians as he provides detailed expositionsof the text of Paul’s letters to the Colossians and to Philemon. Verse-by-verse commentary and extensive introductions that discuss authorship, dating, and structure; and an examination of the “trouble” at Colossae show you how faith in Christ shaped a community of believers. This entire series is excellent, but not for newbies. It assumes you know Greek and are able to work your way through scholarly discussions. Dunn is a world-class biblical scholar. —Steve
Colossians, Philemon, Word Biblical Commentary by Peter O’Brien / Thomas Nelson / W”Probably the best—it wends its way through voluminous material without losing its theological moorings”—New Testament Commentary Survey. 328 pages, hardcover. Few commentaries devote this many pages to the knotty problems in Colossians. Based on this alone, you should consider this commentary if you are committed to “go deeper.” —Steve
by Peter Gorday, ed. / Inter-varsity PressNew to the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. This unique series makes accessible to contemporary readers key writings of the early church fathers, with the verse-by-verse comments of Augustine, Jerome, Pelagius, and others—some appearing here in English translation for the first time. 350 pages, hardcover from InterVarsity. This is the only convenient place to obtain what the early Church Fathers wrote about Colossians and Philemon. —Steve
Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians, NICNT, New International Commentary on the New Testament by F.F. Bruce / Eerdmans Publishing Co.This work by F. F. Bruce is scholarly but readable. He begins with an introduction which covers the origins and authorship of Colossians, Philemon and Ephesians with particular focus on the geography of Asia Minor. He also discusses the Jewish community and the theological issues brought out in these books. Following is a section by section commentary on the three books, drawing out the important theological issues. F. F. Bruce (1910-1990) was Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester, England. He also wrote “The Acts of the Apostles: Greek Text with Introducion and Commentary,” and “A Mind for What Matters,” and many other significant works regarding biblical studies. Any book by Bruce is worth having and reading slowly. He was well known for his insights into Paul, Acts, and Hellenistic culture of the first century CE. —Steve
Reading Colossians, Ephesians, & 2 Thessaloniaans: A Literary and Theological Commentary by Bonnie Thurston / Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Inc”‘Reading the New Testament’ is a commentary series that aims to present cutting-edge research in popular form that is accessible to upper-level undergraduates, seminarians, seminary-educated pastors, and educated laypeople, as well as to graduate students and professors. The volumes in this series do not follow the word-by-word, phrase-by-phrase, verse-by-verse method of traditional commentaries. Rather they are concerned to understand large thought-units and their relationship to an author’s thought as a whole. The approach of these volumes involves a concern both for how an author communicates andwhat the religious point of the text is. Throughout, the basic concern is to treat the New Testament texts as religious documents whose religious message needs to be set forth with compelling clarity.” –from the Editor’s Preface. This volume by Bonnie Thurston presents a “big picture” look at the letters of Colossians, Ephesians, and 2 Thessalonians. [TOP] This book can give you a good overview of the message of these three letter of Paul, but will not help you to understanding specific points in the text that are enigmas or controversial. —Steve
The Letter to Philemon, Eerdmans Critical Commentary by Markus Barth & Helmut Blanke / Eerdmans Publishing Co.An outstanding new commentary on the shortest—and most personal—of Paul’s letters. The authors provide an exhaustive study of the ancient world at the time the book was written and examine the issues of slavery and brotherly love; faith and faithfulness; free will and human responsibility. Barth also surveys the history of the interpretation of Philemon. 544 pages, hardcover. Barth, not to be confused with his much more famous father Karl, is a great scholar in his own right. This is probably one of the best commentaries on Philemon available in English, if notthe best. —Steve
Philemon, Concordia Commentary by John G. Nordling / Concordia Publishing HouseThe Concordia Commentary Series: A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture is written to enable pastors and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the biblical text.Authors are sensitive to the rich treasury of language, imagery, and themes found throughout Scripture, including such dialectics as Law and Gospel, sin and grace, death and new life, folly and wisdom, demon, possession and the arrival of the kingdom of God in Christ. Careful attention is given to the original Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek. Further light is shed on the text from archaeology, history, and extrabiblical literature. Finally, Scripture’s message is applied to the ongoing life of the church in terms of ministry, worship, proclamation of the Word, Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, confession of the faith–all in joyful anticipation of the life of the world to come.This commentary expounds Philemon in light of its setting in the Greco-Roman world and its theological purpose. It probes the specific circumstances under which Paul wrote the letter, and who Philemon was and his position within the Christian community. In this Epistle, the apostle addresses a crisis in the church. He speaks to the relationship between a congregation and its pastor through all the problems, sorrows, adventures and joys that attend pastoral ministry.
New International Biblical Commentary (NIBC), Thessalonians by David J. Williams / Hendrickson PublishersThe first Christians at Thessalonica struggled with persecution and with how to live a holy life till Jesus’ return. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? In this new New International Biblical Commentary volume, Williams discusses the background of Paul’s two Thessalonian letters and explains the significance of Greek terms so that the force of Paul’s words comes through. The easy-to-use NIBC format includes section-by-section exposition of the NIV, all Greek transliterated, and separate textual and technical notes. 192 pages, paper from Hendrickson.
1 & 2 Thessalonians, Black’s New Testament Commentary by Ernest Best / Hendrickson PublishersIn 1974, Interpretation judged Ernest Best’s commentary on 1 & 2 Thessalonians to be the best exegetical study of these books available, and to this day it remains a contender for such status. The Journal of Theological Studies called it “exhaustive” and concluded by saying that the commentary is “reliable, judicious, and nearly always lucid. He (Best)… takes us as far as we can reasonably go in understanding the mind of Paul as it expressed itself in these writings.” Best’s commentary will prove useful to pastors, students, scholars, and to the general reader.
1 & 2 Thessalonians, Word Biblical Commentary by F.F. Bruce / Thomas Nelson / WThis volume in the Word Biblical Commentary reflects not only the skills of a seasoned commentator but the attention to detail—especially in setting the Thessalonian epistles against their contemporary background—that Dr. Bruce’s many readers have come to expect. This full-scale commentary in the useful WBC format—separate sections for textual notes, form/structure/setting, comments, and bibliography—is especially valuable for preachers. Hardcover. [TOP] Bruce (1910-1990) was a world-class expert on Acts, Paul, and Hellenistic culture. His commentaries are excellent and strike a wonderful balance between scholarship and readability. —Steve
The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians, New International Commentary on the New Testament, NICNT by Leon Morris / Eerdmans Publishing Co.The two letters of the Thessalonians dwell richly upon the Christian hope and emphasize the meaning and earnestness of the Christian’s calling in the present world. Leon Morris offers a scholarly exegetical discussion of specific problems relating to the composition of the letters themselves with an acute awareness of the relevance of Paul’s message to the practical problems encountered in living the Christian life. This is a fully revised edition of Morris’s classic 1959 work on 1 and 2 Thessalonians and not only takes account of recent exegetical works in Thessalonian studies but also incorporates significant new knowledge in the area of early Christian sociology. This commentary is based on the NIV. I have read Morris’s earlier edition in its entirety and heartily recommend the revision, which can only be even better. —Steve
The Letters to the Thessalonians, Pillar New Testament Commentary by Gene Green / Eerdmans Publishing Co.Mining new knowledge about the first-century world of Thessalonica, Gene Green offers a masterful analysis of The Letters to the Thessalonians. His comprehensive study of the people, their history, socio-economic conditions, and religious beliefs illuminates his careful verse-by-verse commentary, providing you with an in-depth look at what these pastorally astute letters say about perseverance amid suffering and trials, attitudes toward work, questions concerning Christ’s second coming, and more. I am interested in commentaries that provide background and socio-economic information. —Steve
The Hope of Christ’s Return : A Premillennial Commentary on 1& 2 Thessalonians by Mal Couch / Amg PublishersFilled with doctrine, prophecy, encouragement amid persecution, and instruction for faithful living within a multicultural society, Paul’s epistles to the Thessalonians have much to say to 21st-century believers with the persecution of believers on the rise, sexual immorality running rampant, and the abundance of End Times prophecies. Interpreting 1 & 2 Thessalonians from a premillennial standpoint, Dr. Mal Couch’s commentary clearly expounds Paul’s rich letters, laying emphasis on Christ’s Return. Study questions and outlines add practicality, and the theological glossary enhances clarity.
Everyman’s Bible Commentary: First & Second Thessalonians by Charles C. Ryrie / Moody PublishersDr. Ryrie’s admiration for those letters and for the beneficial teaching and encouragement they provide is clear. Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians were those of a pastor who was basically satisfied, even thrilled, with the progress of his flock. Despite Paul’s favor, he wanted to clear up some misconceptions the young church had about the Second Coming of Christ. In these two letters, he corrects confusion about when Christ would come back, and more important, he bolsters the hearts of his persecuted flock with the glorious hope of Christ’s resurrection, his return and eternal life. Since I am strongly opposed to dispensational premillennialism, I would steer you away from a commentary by a leading scholar of this persuasion, especially since 2 Thess. 2 is a major battleground regarding end-time events. —Steve
1 & 2 Thessalonians Life Application Bible Commentary by Livingstone Corporation / Tyndale HouseFrom the publisher: The Life Application Bible Commentary series is the only commentary to offer sermon and lesson applications alongside stirring commentary. The latest volumes provide in-depth explanation, background, and application for every verse in the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Perfect for sermon preparation and lesson planning, this one-of-a-kind reference provides excellent quotes and a bibliography for additional commentary. Additional features include: Charts, diagrams, and maps on the same page as their related verses; Quotes from various versions, such as the NIV, NRSV, and NLT; Key information graphically highlighted. [TOP] Being a visual person, I like the idea of charts, diagrams, and maps interspersed throughout a commentary. This is a very unusual, and very needed feature. Bravo! —Steve
1st & 2nd Thessalonians, Interpretation Commentary by Beverly Roberts Gaventa / Westminster / John KnoxTwo of Paul’s earliest epistles deal with Christ’s second coming, the need for hope, and the fate of those who have died. Gaventa hones in on structure and tone, speculating on what might have happened at Thessalonica between the letters to account for their observable differences. 168 pages, hardcover.
by Jon A. Weatherly / College Press Publishng CoThe College Press NIV Commentary has been designed for the serious student as well as the growing Christian. Volumes contain the following features:
- Biblically Sound Exegesis
- Objective Approach
- New International Version
- Practical footnotes
- Fresh Style and Study Format
- Concise Introductions
- Key Greek Word Translation and Clear Exposition
Upon study we learn that the Thessalonian church made several errors in their understanding of what Paul meant about the imminent return of our Lord. Further, we must diligently look at 1 & 2 Thessalonians for the hope of the resurrection found in the second coming of Jesus.
1 & 2 Thessalonians, Believers Church Bible Commentary by Jacob Elias / Herald PressThe authors invites us to listen in while Paul and his missionary companions encourage and warn believers in ancient Thessalonica. Elias illuminates the text, provides historical and cultural background and elucidates theological, sociological, and ethical meanings. In general, he makes “the rough places plain.”
by D. Michael Martin / Broadman / HolmanThe New American Commentary is for the minister or Bible student who wants to understand and expound the Scriptures. Notable features include: commentary based on the NIV, the NIV text printed in the body of the commentary, sound scholarly methodology that reflects capable research in the original languages, interpretation that emphasizes the theological unity of each book and of Scripture as a whole, and readable and applicable exposition.
by Gary W. Demarest / Thomas Nelson / WGary W. Demarest brings this volume and illuminates the three great themes that breathe in all five letters of this volume: church government and organization, sound doctrine; quality in Christian living. Taken as a whole, these letters establish for all time that church organization is not an end in itself but it is important as a means of maintaining the doctrinal tradition with integrity.The Preachers Commentary Series combines rich resources of historical setting and textual interpretation with spiritual insights and contemporary illustrations specifically designed for communicators.
1 Thessalonians through Philemon, Holman New Testament Commentary Volume 9 by Knute Larson / Broadman / HolmanThis commentary contains features designed to help the reader gain access to information quickly and efficiently. When you’ve got the time, this series offers a verse – by – verse explanation of the popular NIV text. When time is short, this series delivers an essential understanding of the text with unsurpassed clarity and convenience. This approach includes: author profiles, introductions, outlines, commentary with main ideas and supporting ideas highlighted, quick notes – comments from noted writers and theologians, summaries, details – illustrations, historical facts, grammatical notations, discussion points, application notes, and prayers to make every minute of prep time more meaningful. New International Version. [TOP]
1 & 2 Timothy and Titus, New International Biblical Commentary by Gordon Fee / Hendrickson PublishersThis is the first volume in the New International Biblical Commentary, a new series based on the NIV. Dr. Fee’s commentary on 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus, originally part of the Good News Commentary series, is revised and reset in an accessible but in-depth format for pastors, students, and laypeople. An introductory chapter deals with basic questions of authorship, background, and themes, then each section of Scripture is expounded, accompanied by notes on items in the text that need further clarification. ”. . . stimulating and readable. . . This is certainly the best of the recent conservative commentaries—quite substantial in treatment.”—J.A. Ziesler, Expository Times. 332 pages, paper from Hendrickson. I can highly recommend any volume by Fee because of his outstanding work, whether in textual criticism, hermeneutics, or biblical exegesis. Although from a Pentecostal background, Fee is fair in presenting competing viewpoints. —Steve
The Pastoral Epistles, Black’s New Testament Commentary by J.N.D. Kelly / Hendrickson PublishersBlack’s New Testament Commentary Series presents a reliable and enlightening exposition of the New Testament for the modern reader. Written by highly respected scholars under the editorial direction of Dr. Henry Chadwick, each commentary offers a paragraph-by-paragraph exposition based on the author’s own translation of the biblical text. Although references to Greek are given for those who might be helped by them, knowledge of Greek is not essential. The BNTC attempts to provide a scholarly analysis of the text without overburdening the reader with technical names and theories. A good commentary for pastors, students, scholars, and general readers. This commentary is designed to replace Harper’s New Testament Commentary. Kelly has written an excellent commentary on Timothy and Titus that is both readable and addresses the thorny problems of the text. —Steve
Pastoral Epistles, Word Bible Commentary by William D. Mounce / Thomas Nelson / WIn this volume on the Pastoral Epistles (1 & 2 Timothy and Titus), William Mounce makes an impressive contribution to the Word Biblical Commentary series. He writes from an evangelical perspective, and provides several distinctive features:
- He gives a strong defense of Pauline authorship, arguing that the letters belong within the life and thought of the apostle.
- Using sources such as Acts and early Christian traditions from extrabiblical sources, Mounce reconstructs a historical scenario of Paul’s later life and the false teaching that threatened the churches in Ephesus and Crete.
- The author’s new translation of the text is provided, complete with notes.
- Mounce comments on the Greek text, but provides English translations for those unfamiliar with Greek, allowing them to understand the flow of thought.
- The explanation section for each passage looks at the meaning of the passage as a whole, integrating the detailed comments into a cohesive picture.
- A general bibliography is provided, as well as bibliographies that are specific to particular sections.
These features and others, including a slightly controversial defense of the traditional understanding of Paul’s teaching regarding women’s roles in the church, make it an outstanding volume to add to one’s library. Pastors, scholars, and students will benefit from Mounce’s emphasis on the continuing relevance of the Pastoral Epistles for the life of the church. William D. Mounce (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Professor of New Testament and Director of the Greek Language Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. This looks like an excellent commentary, continuing the track record that the Word Biblical Commentary series has established and maintained. —Steve
The Pastoral Epistles, International Critical Commentary by I. H. Marshall / ContinuumThis addition to the ICC series is an introduction to the Epistles to Timothy and Titus, treating their structure, origin and character, followed by a detailed investigation of the texts. Professor Marshall concludes that the composition is not as unstructured as some commentators have suggested, but rather is carefully conceived. Each section of the Epistles is discussed on the basis of the Greek text. Scholars and students will find the commentary particularly helpful with its lexical information on the Greek words and its careful discussion of the syntactical problems. This is a fresh and comprehensive commentary on the Pastoral Epistles from a scholar of international renown. Marshall is an excellent evangelical scholar and apparently gives to the Pastorals attention to literary structure that other have neglected. The ICC series assume that you are quite familiar with Greek and able to discriminate between competing scholarly explanations. —Steve
Exploring the Pastoral Epistles An Expository Commentary by John Phillips / KregelThe John Phillips Commentary Series is designed to provide pastors, Sunday school teachers, and students of the Scripture with doctrinally sound interpretaion that emphasizes the practical application of Bible truth. Working from the familiar King James Version, Dr. Phillips not only provides helpful commentary on the text, but also includes detailed outlines and numerous illustrations and quotations. Anyone wanting to explore the meaning of God’s Word in greater depth — for personal spiritual growth or as a resource for preaching and teaching — will welcome the guidance and insights of this respected series. [TOP]
1 & 2 Timothy and Titus, NIV Application Commentary by Walter L. Liefeld / Zondervan Corp.Paul dealt with many challenges as he planted first-century churches–challenges not unlike those faced by modern pastors. Learn how he handled such issues as false teachers, the role of women, ethics, repentance, and more. Liefeld’s masterful analysis not only illuminates the original meaning of Paul’s pastoral letters, but also brings the message into contemporary context. 400 pages, hardcover from Zondervan.
John MacArthur Pastoral Epistles Commentary Set, 4 Volumes by John MacArthur / Moody PublishersDefinitive commentary from the name you trust! MacArthur’s analysis of 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, and Titus is essential reading for pastors and laypeople in dispensationalist traditions. His practical illustrations and verse-by-verse exposition offer an intellectually stimulating, personally relevant perspective on challenging topics including women’s roles, spiritual gifts, the rapture, and spiritual warfare. Four hardcovers, from Moody. As someone strongly opposed to dispensational premillennialism, I recommend that you steer away from a commentary with that “bent” to it. —Steve
1 & 2 Timothy and Titus Crossway Classic Commentary by John Calvin / Good News PublishingJohn Calvin’s exploration of the aging Paul’s counsel to two younger pastors on church and doctrinal issues has been abridged and updated for today’s reader. Alister McGrath and J.I. Packer are the editors for this great series, ensuring that although the language has been updated, Calvin’s message remains intact. Calvin’s commentaries are available for free on the Internet. See my “Depths/Mind” page. —Steve
1 & 2 Timothy & Titus – NIV Commentary: College Press by C. Michael Moss / College Press Publishng CoThe College Press NIV Commentary has been designed for the serious student as well as the growing Christian. Volumes contain the following features:
- Biblically Sound Exegesis.
- Objective Approach.
- New International Version .
- Practical footnotes.
- Fresh Style and Study Format.
- Concise Introductions.
- Key Greek Word Translation and Clear Exposition
1 & 2 Timothy and Titus, The IVP New Testament Commentary Series by Philip Towner / Inter-varsity PressIn this clear, pastorally oriented commentary, readers will find helpful background material on authorship, date and purpose, as well as an overview of theological themes in the Pastoral Epistles. The introductory material is followed by passage-by-passage explanation of the meaning these letters had for their first-century hearers in order to pave the way for understanding their significance for readers today. [TOP]
1 & 2 Timothy and Titus, Abingdon New Testament Commentary by Jouette M. Bassler / Abingdon PressJouette Bassler’s objective in this commentary is to “… combine skepticism concerning the Pauline authorship of these letters, respect for the pseudonymous author’s literary and rhetorical skills, and sensitivity to the ethical and theological dimensions of his argument.” Bassler evaluates the arguments of the Pastoral Epistles and agrees with some and contends with others. The commentary itself is highly readable, providing lay readers with a useful critical commentary on these unique epistles. A select bibliography points readers to further resources for study. Bassler rejects the idea that Paul wrote 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. If you want to know why, get his commentary. Otherwise, I would point you to commentaries that affirm Pauline authorship of the Pastorals. —Steve
The First and Second Letters to Timothy Anchor Bible Commentary by Luke Timothy Johnson / Random House, IncNew in the Anchor Bible series, a balanced, enlightening discussion of Paul’s letters to Timothy. These epistles contain considerable controversy on topics including the place of women in the church, homosexuality, and “false teachers.” Reflecting top-notch scholarship, Johnson’s commentary is accessible to lay readers, while his argumentsfor Paul’s authorship will especially interest scholars. 608 pages, hardcover from Random House. The substantial size of this volume, combined with his favoring Pauline authorship, incline me toward this commentary. Check it out for yourself. —Steve
The First and Second Letters to Timothy, Eerdmans Critical Commentary by Jerome D. Quinn / Eerdmans Publishing Co.Incisive notes and commentary lend greater resonance to the modern ring heard in these letters. The authors examine the qualifications of church leaders, roles of women, use of wealth, heterodoxy, worship, and ethics. Their insights offer a fresh perspective on concerns shared by the early Christian community and today’s churches. Includes a detailed philological analysis of all the pastoral epistles. 960 pages, hardcover.
Passing on the Truth (1 & 2 Timothy), Welwyn Commentary Series by Michael Bentley / Evangelical PressPaul wrote his first epistle to Timothy so that the Christians at Ephesus should know how to conduct themselves in God’s household. The epistle contains a wealth of practical help and guidance. The second epistle to Timothy was to be Paul’s last letter, written from prison as he awaited his final trial and execution. In it we catch a glimpse of the human side of the great apostle as he feels loneliness and longs for a last visit from his younger friend. Central to both epistles is the theme of the apostle’s concern to warn against false doctrine and his charge to Timothy, and through him to succeeding generations of believers down the ages, to guard faithfully as a precious deposit the truth entrusted to him by Paul and the other apostles and to pass it on to others.
Titus, MacArthur New Testament Commentary by John MacArthur / Moody Publishers”They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him.” Although Paul was writing to the first-century church, his words in Titus 1:16 still ring true for us today. This newest edition in the MacArthur New Testament Commentary series shows you the importance of faith, actions, worthy conduct, sound Christian doctrine, and more. 192 pages, hardcover from Moody. [TOP]