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The First Epistle to the Corinthians (New International Greek Testament Commentary) Hardcover – November 22, 2000
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Thistleton is one of the leading British scholars of hermeneutics today, and it shows in the work. This is thorough and careful exegesis, often much more careful than Fee's work, which I also admire. This, plus Thistleton's immense vocabulary, can daunt even the most sophisticated reader. But his style is lucid, and, for a commentary, enjoyable. His scholarship is impeccable, and even when one disagrees with him in the end, one understands why one can come to such a view rationally even if you don't accept his presuppositions, which is not always possible in Fee's work.
In short, this commentary is the new standard in Greek scholarship, and is set to be it for a long time. If you don't have the background for this commentary, it is very difficult going. But it rewards careful study.
I have included all of this about Fee, so that the work of Thiselton can be seen for the gem that it is. This volume is massive (almost one-hundred pages devoted to each chapter). For some, this is a problem. However, as one who as actually read the commentary (many reviewers have only read a few pages of the book they review), the bulk is absolutely necessary. In the preface Thiselton says that it was his intention to answer every question a responsible scholar might bring to the text.Read more ›
One thing I like about him, unlike O'Brien in his NIGTC commentary on Philippians, is that if he disagrees with an accepted scholarly consensus about a topic, he does not merely say so. He points out fallacies and weaknesses and thus allows the reader to make his/her own judgements. Another is that while he himself is quite orthodox in his beliefs, his commentary is neither too conservative nor too liberal (I dislike either of those terms anyway) and thus one is assured a good moderate commentary composed by one who is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge--all put in a way that the beginner can grasp the most difficult spots of Paul's Greek.
Thus for really anybody--Greek expert or not--who wants to make up his/her mind about topics in 1 Corinthians with all the major relevant information in one volume, this is one commentary you need. It is a fitting companion to the New Interpreter's Commentary which, for this book, is disappointingly sparse on information.
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I used this for preaching a sermon in a seminary class on 1 Corinthians 13 and found that it had considerably more (as in up to 150% more), relevant content and applicable analysis... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Phil C.
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
Thiselton is one of those rare individuals that seems to float effortlessly between various disciplines without getting lost along the way. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Thankful
This commentary is very solid theological and has a great understanding of the text!Published 18 months ago by bdb6821
From the series title (Greek Testament Commentary), I was expecting to see a verse by verse exegesis of the entire Greek text! Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by MathewBartlett
On the whole, a thorough, well-written work, especially with regard to its engaged treatment of mainstream & evangelical scholarship - for a survey and bibliography of... Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by steve heil