Face it, every pastor and scholar has a certain number of volumes that occupy shelf space merely because of the popularity of the author or...oft times...the simple physical beauty of the book.
Keener's work on 1 & 2 Corinthians could easily clear that first hurdle on the basis of the author's popularity but, as it appears in what is merely a paperback edition, it is doubtful that it will be purchased as simple library adornment.
What Keener *does* offer here, however, is of immeasureable worth to the student of the Bible. Written by one who is an acknowledged expert in Biblical and extra-Biblical documents of the New Testament period, the reader is continuously afforded insights into the world and sensibility of the Apostle Paul, the Corinthian believers, and the larger culture into which these two letters were first released.
Unimpeachable in his high view of Scripture and its trustworthiness, (yet fully aware of the works of others who hold the Bible in less esteem), Dr. Keener patiently leads the reader in examining the text to hear its voice with something amazingly approaching the comprehension of its original first century audience.
No scholar will regret the purchase of this tidy, vibrant study of these two important Pauline epistles; no student will be overwhelmed by needlessly technical language. Keener is a "past master" at conveying complex concepts in remarkably accessible terms. This book plays well in both an academic setting and the serious Bible student's favorite reading spot.
Keener's contribution to our understanding of the ethical, moral, and theological issues addressed in Paul's two letters to the Corinthians is an excellent acquisition for any honest learner and lover of the Biblical text. This is a book you'll find yourself revisiting everytime you want a fresh look at the Corinthian letters.