- Series: The New International Greek Testament Commentary
- Hardcover: 344 pages
- Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (November 9, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802823947
- ISBN-13: 978-0802823946
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Epistle to the Thessalonians (The New International Greek Testament Commentary) Hardcover – November 9, 1990
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The Latin character typesetting is decent, at best. However, wherever Greek words appear the typesetting borders on unusable. It ranges from odd placement of accents (over a space, rather than over the character that should be accented) to artificial splits between letters and even to splitting individual Greek letters in two!
A few examples:
1. Just after location 1490, in the discussion relating to chapter 1, verses 9 and 10, the paragraph beginning "Paul says that the various church communities..." contains two strings of Greek text, one several words in a row (pos ... eidolon -- pardon the transliteration) and a single word (epistrephein; the lemma of one of the words in the earlier phrase). Oddly enough, the epestrepsate in the phrase is split into three parts: accented epsilon, 'pestre', and 'psate' all separated by a full space between each of them. This is awful. It makes reading the Greek (especially for those of us who aren't fluent in it) very difficult.
2. Even worse, however, is the single word, 'epistrephein', which follows in the next sentence. In this case, the second letter (pi) is split into two parts, looking like two tau characters rather than a single pi! Terrible.
And this is just a single example -- there are dozens I've encountered, and I'm only 27% of the way through the book.
I have many printed books published by Eerdmans, all of which show them to be an excellent publisher with the highest standards and quality. Unfortunately, Amazon does not provide a similar experience in the electronic version. Stick with the paper book.
[Update: 5/21/15 - updated subject to clarify issues are with Kindle format and revised to 4 stars (but still lament the fact that a single rating covers content and format)]
The Thessalonian response to the gospel, "your work", supports the Reformation view that the believer's action is preceded by and "of faith" (1:3). Paul's assertion that "our gospel came [Gk: ginomai] to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and also with full conviction" (1:5) best describes not the content of the gospel, but the manner of its delivery (p 78), which 'fits the designation of the letter as a piece of epideictic or demonstrative rhetoric.' p 80 Paul paralleled the powerful coming of the gospel with the demonstration of their own model behavior of becoming the gospel: "just as you know what kind of men we became [Gk: ginomai] for your sakes.Read more ›