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1-2 Corinthians (New Cambridge Bible Commentary) Hardcover – June 13, 2005
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-Graham Stanton, Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge
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Keener's work on 1 & 2 Corinthians could easily clear that first hurdle on the basis of the author's popularity but, as it appears in what is merely a paperback edition, it is doubtful that it will be purchased as simple library adornment.
What Keener *does* offer here, however, is of immeasureable worth to the student of the Bible. Written by one who is an acknowledged expert in Biblical and extra-Biblical documents of the New Testament period, the reader is continuously afforded insights into the world and sensibility of the Apostle Paul, the Corinthian believers, and the larger culture into which these two letters were first released.
Unimpeachable in his high view of Scripture and its trustworthiness, (yet fully aware of the works of others who hold the Bible in less esteem), Dr. Keener patiently leads the reader in examining the text to hear its voice with something amazingly approaching the comprehension of its original first century audience.
No scholar will regret the purchase of this tidy, vibrant study of these two important Pauline epistles; no student will be overwhelmed by needlessly technical language. Keener is a "past master" at conveying complex concepts in remarkably accessible terms. This book plays well in both an academic setting and the serious Bible student's favorite reading spot.
Keener's contribution to our understanding of the ethical, moral, and theological issues addressed in Paul's two letters to the Corinthians is an excellent acquisition for any honest learner and lover of the Biblical text. This is a book you'll find yourself revisiting everytime you want a fresh look at the Corinthian letters.
In a commentary that is this short, I was hoping for an exposition that quickly gets to the heart of what the text is saying, especially because Keener is preparing a much larger work on these epistles, and so I figured he could whittle that down into a compelling, digestible format.
But such is not the case. Again, Craig falls into the habit of giving us circumstantial information and not enough exposition of the actual text. It is telling when the most brilliant exposition in the book (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) comes in the form of a "closer look" section rather than in the body of the book where it belongs.
Actually, the 2 Corinthians portion of this book has more compelling exposition than 1 Corinthians, in my opinion. I like this New Cambridge commentary series because some of the volumes do a great job of exposing the text's meaning without a lot of verbiage (Witherington on Revelation and Arnold on Genesis, for example).
But this one will leave you hungering for more.