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The First Letter to the Corinthians (The Pillar New Testament Commentary (PNTC)) Hardcover – November 9, 2010
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― 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
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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.Read more ›
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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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 14 months ago by George Lawrence Clark
The most stellar commentary on Corinthians yet. Painstakingly researched, yet clearly communicated. Highly recommended. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Amazon Consumer
Although expensive, this commentary is worth every penny. The Pillar New Testament Commentary Series continues to amaze me. Read morePublished on August 8, 2011 by CACrockett
The Pillar series continues to be a faithful work for the pastor teacher that is serious minded and is concerned with solid exegeses. Read morePublished on July 11, 2011 by Athanasius2000