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Conflict and Community in Corinth: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians Paperback – January 24, 1995
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I am grateful for his description of a church fragmenting in confusion, and how the Gospel Paul preaches can heal it!
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.
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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This was not like most commentaries but it helped me understand the context of time!Published on July 25, 2014 by bdb6821
Best and most helpful commentary I have on this great Epistle. The socio-rhetorical approach opens up the book in powerful ways.Published on June 25, 2013 by Crochety old dude
This was the first of all of Prof Dr Ben Witherington's commentaries which I read, and by which I became captivated by his depth of understanding and style of writing. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by david h kinnon
The author covers areas that I was unable to find in many other commentaries especially the part about women praying.Published on July 16, 2010 by gb93433