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Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University, Scotland. Witherington has twice won the

best Biblical Studies book-of-the-year award, and his many books include

and socio-rhetorical commentaries on Mark, Acts, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philemon, Colossians, Ephesians, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians. He writes a

at patheos.com and can also be found on the web at

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (January 24, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802801447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802801449
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Bible scholar Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive the M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell. A popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings not only in the United States but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia. He has also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Witherington has written over thirty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications, and is a frequent contributor to the Beliefnet website.

Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network.

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Ben Witherington's work exemplifies the goals of good socio-rhetorical commentary--describing people, where they live, how they talk, what they do. The tools he uses help us fill in the gaps that scripture leaves out and give us a fuller picture of the New Testament world, especially Corinth and Paul's church there. Because I am a pastor whose job is a people job, his work makes my job easier and helps me to focus on the message for my people well.

I am grateful for his description of a church fragmenting in confusion, and how the Gospel Paul preaches can heal it!
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I really appreciated this commentary greatly. It helped we to get a feel for 1st Century Corinth and to understand the motivations behind the actions of the Corinthian Church. It was a significant reference too in a post graduate essay on "Discernment in the Corinthian Church".
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I used this text for a class in seminary. Witherington has helped me wrestle with the difficulties of Paul's often controversial Corinthian correspondence. Witherington helps the Corinthian exegete to understand the culture bound context from which Paul was writing from and writing to (he offers 75+ pages of helpful guidance to navigate the Corinthian correspondence). Placing the letters in their social and rhetorical contexts, Paul's words spring to new life. I would highly recommend this text paired with Fee's commentary on 1 Corinthians as conversation partners.
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I have used this commentary exclusively on 2 Corinthians, and Witherington's comments are shorter on 2 Corinthians. I consider this the best commentary on 2 Corinthians. I may not always agree with Witherington, but he has the knowledge base and mind of a great scholar and writes from a fairly conservative position. He evades nothing and is thorough.

Witherington's commentaries are academic but understandable to even a serious laymen, but they are especially useful to pastors and theologians -- people who want to get into the meaning of the text at a deeper level.
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I have used this commentary in my studies for 1 Corinthians only and it is fantastic (I have not looked at 2 Corinthians as yet so my review is purely based upon 1 Cor.). BWIII's work is complemented by this book as 1 Corinthians is riddled with rhetoric as most readers will know. His understanding of 1:10-17 is excellent (pp94-105) and his cross overs with other Greco-Roman works is great (throughout). There will be some sections you may not agree with. I personally found his thoughts on head coverings interesting but not convincing (pp232-240), but he may well be correct. I was glad I read his perspective all the same! I found this tome complemented Fee's work fantastically.

As with Keener, BWIII is at his best when developing a picture of social life in the 1st Century Roman Empire. He does engage with the Greek often but if you are someone whom is a Greek 'nut' then you may be better off picking up Thistleton. I have to say though that if you are seriously studying 1 Corinthians be sure to purchase Fee, BWIII, Thistleton, and Garland. Those are my top four on this book in no particular order.

I also find that you will often get a different opinion on many passages throughout the NT in BWIII's numerous titles under the banner of 'Socio-Rhetorical'. This is welcomed as too many scholars today are not adding anything of value to discussions.
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Mr. Witherington's commentary does an excellent job of providing contextual details that enhance your understanding of this crucial Pauline letter. His introductory section establishing the social context of the Corinthian church is extremely useful. I highly recommend it to anyone.
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I purchased this work to complete my last project in graduate school which I thought was going to be burdensome. To my delight, the set up of the book and how the massive amount of material was presented turned my project into a joyful and enlightening experience. I gained so much more knowledge than expected and aced the course!!!
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An interesting perspective on St. Paul's writing to Corinth. I learned a lot about the style of Paul in communicating with a difficult church. The author uses understanding of the skill of Rhetoric as practiced in the first century to bring new insights.
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