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1 Corinthians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) Hardcover – November 1, 2003
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-Anthony C. Thiselton, University of Nottingham
"A major achievement. The author displays an enviable grasp of the cultural challenges raised in the letter as well as an assured familiarity with biblical and Greco-Roman sources and the secondary authorities. At the same time his text is both readable and relevant."
-Paul Barnett, teaching fellow at Regent College
"This thoroughly researched, clearly written volume is a fine addition to an already respected series. It will offer seasoned guidance to its grateful readers."
-Charles H. Talbert, Baylor University
"We have come to expect from David Garland work that is well researched, wise in its judgments, and instructive for life and thought. This commentary does not disappoint. Garland's work is fully informed and offers sound and useful discussion of this crucial letter. This commentary is a significant and worthwhile achievement."
-Klyne Snodgrass, North Park Theological Seminary
"Garland makes an outstanding contribution to the BECNT series with this scholarly work on 1 Corinthians. Readers will appreciate the thorough attention given to matters of interpretation in this commentary, especially Garland's careful work with the historical and social backgrounds and with the Old Testament and Hellenistic materials that shed light on Paul's letter. The commentary is written with enthusiasm, insight, and genuine wit, so that readers will enjoy as well as profit from studying this volume."
-Marion L. Soards, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
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Garland's book was much more helpful than either Thiselton or Fee. It was more lucid, kept the same high level of scholarship, and even touched on application! I continued reading the book and have come to the conclusion that it is the best commentary on 1 Corinthians available, for several reasons:
- It interacts with all the major views of a given position without becoming too bogged down (something that I think happens often with Thiselton). It is still a long book, but substantially shorter than Thiselton's.
- Instead of being merely a commentary on commentaries, Garland tries to persuade the reader of the legimitacy of what the author feels is the correct view. In contrast, you can read many 1 Corinthian commentaries and not even know what the author finally thinks!
- It has excellent scholarship with a good degree of balance. Fee, in contrast, holds to extreme views on the controversial women passages (such as arguing that 1 Corinthians 14:33-34 wasn't even written by Paul!).
- Garland lightly touches on application.Read more ›
This series of commentaries does one thing that I don't appreciate. The editors have decided to put summaries at the beginning of each segment of the commentary in a medium gray shaded box. This does set apart the text that is a summary of what follows, but it does not copy well on a copier. So if you like a summary and want to use that in a small group discussion you have to lug the entire book in with you. It is also difficult on the eyes to read a few pages of that black print on medium gray background. I just don't like it.
Garland sometimes doesn't summarize his material as well as I would like to see.Read more ›
Garland has taken into account and even-handedly presents the views of most other respected commentaries, including Fee. After presenting other supported interpretations, Garland does point to the one he feels is best.
Overall I find Garland to offer a great commentary on 1 Corinthians. His background information, geography, cultural excursus and use of native texts is quite informative. One could spend more time engaging the cultural aspects, but I think for preaching p purposes this is plenty. I appreciate Garland’s efforts to properly connect what Paul is writing to other verses and portions of Scripture – and mostly I found them exactly right.
Garland addresses the Greek text throughout and offers helpful definitions – which naturally color the text and rectify/clarify the English translation. Garland does cull some of his information from Apocryphal sources, for which I have little use – but these are secondary to normative Biblical and otherwise historical documentation.
I applaud Garland for not following the Reformed crowd and renouncing the continuity of Spiritual Gifts for believers today. It is clear that if the Gifts are meant to build, edify and grow the Church – then they must still exist, since the Church still exists. Garland also stays true to the text of 10:5, 12 and allows Paul to offer real warnings about loss of salvation. He does not expound upon Paul’s statements, but does not reinterpret or dismiss them either.Read more ›
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A potent commentary that is judicious, insightful, and concerned with daily Christian life.
an excellent commentary on 1 Corinthians..It is detailed but not too technical for the average layman, like myselfPublished 11 months ago by Jeanette
Runs from teaching that Paul in 1 Cor. commands us today that women should have long hair, be silent in church, and that men are commanded to go after speaking up in the church... Read morePublished 12 months ago by George Lawrence Clark
This commentary is well researched and thoughtful. With helpful analysis of other commentators, Garland does a great job of giving helpful perspectives and explanations without... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Travis Tadema
The author is an immensely well regarded scholar and academic having served as the interim President of Baylor University and having published a considerable body of work including... Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by Mark P. Brown
I took a class on 1 Corinthians, have written a few papers from it and am now preparing a sermon from 1 Corinthians for the first time. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Samuel Wilwerding
Hands-down a must for any pastor walking through 1 Corinthians. Very clear and cogent arguments. Challenges some of the conventional takes, but for good reason. Read morePublished on August 2, 2012 by Jerry