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The First Epistle to the Corinthians (The New International Commentary on the New Testament) Hardcover – July 10, 1987
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"Fee has given us a paradigm of what a commentary should be. Even where one might disagree, no one -- layperson, pastor, scholar, or student -- will find Fee's volume a disappointment."
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"An impressively thorough commentary, which offers both judicious comment and useful documentation. . . . It deserves to rank as one of the leading commentaries on 1 Corinthians."
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"This is an excellent commentary. Writing in the best tradition of evangelical scholarship, Fee has produced the most thorough interpretation of 1 Corinthians to have appeared in English in this generation."
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Fee's logic is impressive. He takes 30-35 pages to untangle 1 Cor. 11:2-16, which represents one of the most difficult passages in the Greek NT. His evidence and reasoning are strong, and I've concluded the NIV (and most translations) botch this difficult passage. In trying to smooth out the difficulties in the Greek, our translations create meanings that are not well supported by the Greek nor the culture. Fee offers a sane exposition of this section.
Fee's argument that 14:33b-35 was not original to Paul but an early textual corruption may seem radical. Donald Carson, in his book on commentaries, inappropriately calls Fee's conclusion a "lapse," as if Fee thought this up himself. Yet this scholarly opinion goes back a long, long time. A. T. Robertson & A. Plummer's ICC on 1 Corinthians (1911) indicate that various scholars before their time thought those verses were an interpolation (e.g., Weinel, 1906, Schmiedel 1892, Holsten, 1880, and Hilgenfeld, n.d.). It would be difficult to argue that those scholars were motivated by our modern "feminist" movement! In more recent times, C. K. Barrett's Harper's/Black's commentary (1968) prefers the interpolation hypothesis, F. F.Read more ›
Then when I planned to gave an expositionary preaching from 1 Corinthians 15, I knew that I need Fee's as a comparison. What a surprised! I find that at least for 1 Corinthians 15, I gain more insight from Fee than from Garland. For me, Fee's argument is more mature, and he is also braver and firmer when he must to state something. Garland make Fee as one of his sparring partner but when he disagrees with Fee, it seems to me that he do not give enough power to send his counter attack.
Both are good, really! But now if I must choose one commentary in 1 Corinthians, my choice is clear. For this time, the old recipe is the better one.
NB. I am also skimming Thiselton's work. This one is a huge commentary but at least from the preacher's point of view I must agree with D.A. Carson that "I do not have a good feel for it yet." Too many debate in it. If you need a third choice for 1 Corinthians, I will recommend Ancient Christian Commentary Series produced by Gerald Bray (ed.). You will be surprised with what you can get inside.
Dr. Fee dives into the book of 1 Corinthians with careful exegesis of the texts. He is a charismatic in his own practice but he is often critical of charismatic abuses within the spiritual gifts context of the book. Fee is also one who is not ashamed to put the words of those who might disagree with him in this work. All Greek words are transliterated for those who do not know Greek.
Overall this is a solid work on 1 Corinthians. While it lacks the expository outlines of Dr. John MacArthur's commentaries, it remains one of the deepest and best I've read on 1 Corinthians to date.
If you are committed to the cessation of the gifts, seeing his interpretation in 1 Cor 12-14 is going to get you annoyed. However, I would say he is largely right. (And I am not a charismatic.)
The biggest issues for me in the commentary are the problematic ways he takes the passages rgarding the role of the women in the Church at Corinth. Most notorious is his conclusion, on textual critical grounds, that 1 Cor 14:34 does not belong in the text. This is despite the fact that evidence FOR the passage is overwhelming. Otherwise, this is a good commentary, but one with flaws.
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I havent found any commentary that is as through as I would like but this is a lot more than most Ive seen. In that respect it is excellent.Published 3 months ago by Hemet user
Love this commentary. Fee is thoughtful, thorough, never trying to impress you with what he knows, although he certainly knows a lot more than I do. His style is so easy to read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sue from CA
Great book, sticks to the exegesis of the text itself and, in doing so, portrays how many parts of this book have been blatantly mishandled by the churchPublished 7 months ago by Antoine Alivizantos
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 8 months ago by George Lawrence Clark
Good commentary, but I completely disagree on some claims that he pushes.Published 9 months ago by Brandon
Guys....Fee's commentary is very good. If not the best I have read. Great series to get, and worth your time reading. Will post a thurough review later.Published 9 months ago by Disciple of Jesus, JKP