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Product Details

  • Series: Pillar New Testament Commentary
  • Hardcover: 990 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802837328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802837325
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Up to date, replete with many fresh readings, and rooted in the complex historical context that was first century Corinth, this commentary is in touch with those issues that make 1 Corinthians so relevant for the church. Both useful and edifying, Ciampa and Rosner’s work is a partner to keep close at hand as one probes this ethically relevant epistle.”
— Darrell L. Bock
Dallas Theological Seminary

“Two experts on 1 Corinthians provide detailed yet lucid exegesis of one of Paul’s more difficult letters. I particularly appreciate the very full introduction, which covers many more topics than the usual introductions to a Pauline letter.”
— Richard Bauckham
University of St. Andrews

“Here 1 Corinthians emerges as a unified and comprehensive exercise in radical theological and ethical reorientation, whereas past interpretations all too often defined its purposes merely in terms of addressing a list of various concerns. This clarification of Paul’s agenda creates a compelling context for thinking about the shape of Christian faith today.”
— Philip H. Towner
Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship

About the Author

Roy E. Ciampa is director of the Th.M. program in biblical studies, associate professor of New Testament, and chair of the division of biblical studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.

Brian Rosner teaches New Testament and Ethics at Moore Theological College in Newtown, NSW, Australia.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JAS on September 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In my mind, this is the must-have commentary on 1 Corinthians. I had the privilege of studying under both these guys while at GCTS. You will be hard-pressed to find a better team than Rosner and Ciampa to take on 1 Corinthians. Already, Rosner is considered an expert in NT and especially Pauline Ethics, and of course, 1 Corinthians is perhaps the NT Epistle with the most ethical content. Ciampa, though not yet a household name, is as good as they come when we're talking about Biblical Studies. There's a reason why Gordon-Conwell has him in charge of the Biblical Theology ThM program, teaching OT in the NT, NT Interpretation, and a host of Epistle and Gospel courses. What you'll find here is not only a rigorously researched commentary, but one that also does a wonderful job of bridging the gap from what it meant to the original readers to it's contemporary significance. Both men are excellent communicators, really put in the work on hard/disputed passages, and have looked at every possible cross-reference (both Biblical as well as Greco-Roman and Jewish) in order to best understand each section, pericope, and sentence. I, and perhaps you will also, disagree with some of their conclusions; nevertheless, if I've got one commentary on this important epistle, this is the one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David A. Booth on December 12, 2012
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I just finished a year-long preaching series on First Corinthians and this commentary is clearly my favorite among the several very good commentaries available on this challenging letter. Here's why:

1. First Corinthians is challenging both where it is clear and where our interpretations must remain more tentative. Ciampa and Rosner present rather than evade both of these challenges to the reader.

2. Some theologians present their conclusions as though everything were equally clear. Ciampa and Rosner have the integrity to acknowledge that there are still loose ends to some of their interpretations.

3. Although Ciampa and Rosner interact meaningfully with other scholars, this volume is a commentary on Paul's letter rather than a commentary on other commentaries.

4. The authors are relentlessly fair in presenting views that they disagree with.

5. There is a reasonable amount of grappling not only with what First Corinthians says but what it means to faithfully apply it in the twenty-first century.

6. The prose is crisp and clear. At times the text sparkles with almost a literary quality. This is an aspect of commentary writing that is rarely mentioned but is a significant bonus for anyone who reads several thousand pages of theology every year. It amazes me that such a high level of literary excellence was achieved by two scholars who write as a team.

7. This commentary wrestles with text as it has been preserved in the Church rather than appealing to speculative textual emendations.

8. The authors are skilled linguists and make judicious use of linguistic insights throughout the commentary while explaining what they are doing in a way that is easily accessible to those who are not technical scholars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Sweeney on June 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
There are many great commentaries on 1 Corinthians. Both Gordon Free and Anthony Thiselton have helped to set the bar for excellence in NT commentaries. However, in keeping with the established excellence of the Pillar series, Ciampa and Rosner have continued in the tradition of premiere commentaries on 1 Corinthians. They leave no stone unturned in their examination of Paul's letter. They are meticulous in their presentation of the many interpretive options and give evidence for those they consider the best.

Also, students of NT Greek will appreciate their understanding and use of Greek aspect in their interpretation. They are sensitive to the complex nuance of language and it's place in language. What's unique is their take on the controlling idea of the letter. Many ideas have been put forth - from over-realized eschatology to unity. Ciampa and Rosner advocate for the centrality of purity. This cosmopolitan congregation comprised (mostly) of Greco-Roman Gentiles is having an awkward time adjusting to their new life and practice in Christ. Thus, much of Paul's focus in the letter has to do with the purity of the church and the congregation.

This is an important study in Paul's letter to the Corinthians. It would be appropriately placed alongside both Fee and Thiselton's works in your library. Theirs is a hefty work (over 900 pages), but this only provides the student of Paul's letters with a more meticulous guide through the interpretive options. Surely this will prove an excellent addition to any library for many years to come.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CACrockett on August 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Although expensive, this commentary is worth every penny. The Pillar New Testament Commentary Series continues to amaze me. It is almost exhaustive and takes an accurate and honest approach to the scriptures. I can't wait for the commentary on Second Corinthians!
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