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Let's Study 1 Corinthians (Let's Study Series) (No. 1) Paperback – November 1, 2004
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About the Author
David Jackman was born in 1942 and attended Downing College, Cambridge. After working as Universities Secretary for UCCF he completed his theological training at Trinity College, Bristol, where he studied under J. Alec Motyer and J. I. Packer. He moved to Southampton in 1976 to work as assistant minister of Above Bar Church under Leith Samuel, becoming the Senior Minister in 1980.
After 15 years at Above Bar Church, Jackman was recruited by Dick Lucas to found the Cornhill Training Course in London in 1991. The course is a ministry of The Proclamation Trust, and is designed to train evangelical preachers in exegesis, exposition and communication skills. Between 2004 and 2009 Jackman was president of The Proclamation Trust, and is now involved in Trust conferences for preachers and in producing distance learning materials and books. He has also been a speaker at the Keswick Convention and Word Alive.
His expository writing work includes commentaries on Judges & Ruth, The Letters of John and the Trust s Let's Study 1 Corinthians.
In addition to his role at The Proclamation Trust, Jackman is a visiting lecturer at Oak Hill Theological College in London as an expert in free church ministry. He is a former chairman of the 9:38 Committee, a national evangelical interdenominational organisation established to help people consider the possibilities of paid gospel ministry. David Jackman is married to Heather, and they have two children and four grandchildren.
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I have used it as a text for a group Bible study through 1 Corinthians and by and large, the book is good. There are even suggested questions for group study in the back of the book for each section. The questions can be hit or miss, but when they aren't very good (like a yes or no answer, or a question that doesn't seem to be connected to the text) they can be tweaked to be turned into a more profitable question.
The only major problem I have with the book is his handling of 1 Cor 7 and the first half of 1 Cor 11. There is a marked contrast between his focus and tone in the other sections of the book and these two. Normally he is focused on the text and bold in his commentary and application. However, in these two sections, there is much less focus on the text and much scaling back on the application. It is especially bad in 1 Cor 11 where he essentially tries to sidestep the offensiveness of the to text argue for what is simply not present in the text.
Pros: excellent focus on scripture, questions for group study in the back, easy to understand, recommended for group Bible study or personal study
Cons: questions for group study are hit or miss, poor handling of gender and marital sections of 1 Corinthians