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1 Timothy (Reformed Expository Commentary) Hardcover – June 1, 2007
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"Following on from his Galatians volume, Phil Ryken provides us with another cornucopia of insight and knowledge. Few portions of the Scripture affect the way we understand what the church in the twenty-first century should look like more than does 1 Timothy, and few contemporary guides could better guide us through these issues than Phil Ryken. This volume signals preaching and teaching at its very best, a model for all preachers in our time." --Derek W. H. Thomas
"Here is exposition modeled by pastors with scholarly gifts and by scholars with pastors' hearts. Exegetical and theological reliability, redemptive historical sensitivity, a Christ-centered focus, and contemporary practical application -- these are the promised hallmarks of the series. May it serve as a model to encourage and enthuse a new generation to love the Word of God and to rediscover the life-transforming power of expository preaching!" --Sinclair Ferguson, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC
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My not holding to Reformed or Covenant Theology, especially accounted for my hesitation. However, there was no reason to fear. This is simply the best commentary I have ever read. Not having (yet) read any of the other commentaries in the series, I can't vouch for the editors' goal of each commentary in the series being accessible to both pastors and lay readers, but this one certainly is. Ryken does a masterful job of getting the point across in a nontechnical, yet scholarly way. His experience as a pastor made him particularly suited to write this commentary. He had a way of getting into Paul, Timothy and my head.
If you want a better understanding of First Timothy, buy this commentary.
1) To be biblical - that is to pay careful attention to the text and exposit the Scriptures. There is less focus on the original language and structure and more focus on the story that the passage is telling.
2) Unashamedly Doctrinal - this series approaches the text from a Reformed perspective, as found in the Bible.
3) Redemptive-Historical - this means that they believe in the unity and continuity of the Bible, and interpret it in a Christ centered approach for all of Scripture.
4) Practical - by applying the truths found in the Scriptures to contemporary challenges in life.
Just a brief comment on aesthetics. This Commentary also looks great. While this isn't a huge selling point, and certainly not a reason to chose one commentary over another, I must say that this one looks really nice on the bookshelf, especially when you have more than one in the series.
Philip Graham Ryken is the contributor for the volume on 1 Timothy and I was thoroughly blessed by his contribution. His exposition is very readable for pastor and layman alike. This commentary, just like others in the series, reads like a book. I think it would be wonderful for sermon preparation, personal study or as a devotional read. His work is very helpful in understanding Paul's first letter to Timothy. His thoughts on the qualifications for Elders and Deacons are very clear.Read more ›