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1-2 Corinthians (New Cambridge Bible Commentary) [Paperback]

Craig S. Keener

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13 Jun 2005 New Cambridge Bible Commentary
This commentary explains 1 and 2 Corinthians passage by passage, following Paul's argument. It uses a variety of ancient sources to show how Paul's argument would have made sense to first-century readers, drawing from ancient letter-writing, speaking, and social conventions. The commentary will be of interest to pastors, teachers, and others who read Paul's letters because of its readability, firm grasp of the background and scholarship on the Corinthian correspondence, and its sensitivity to the sorts of questions asked by those wishing to apply Paul's letters today. It will also be of interest to scholars because of its exploration of ancient sources, often providing sources not previously cited in commentaries.

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'I enjoyed reading Keener's commentary and highly recommend it. It is good value for money and merits reading.' Expository Times

'… Keener's work will prove useful to both the general reader and the busy minister looking for sermon material. The beginning student in Biblical studies could also do a lot worse than this excellent commentary.' Anvil

'Volumes utilize recent gains in rhetorical criticism, social scientific study of the Scriptures, narrative criticism and other developing disciplines to exploit the growing edges in biblical studies'.' Religion and Technology

'… The author's focus is on Paul's message and its value for readers today.' Church Times

'… K. provides throughout a stimulating commentary that is abreast with current research and offers … fresh insights. It successfully employs rhetorical and social approaches of various kinds.' Religion and Theology

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Drawing from a range of ancient sources, Keener explains the problems Paul addressed and how his arguments would have communicated to a first-century audience. At strategic points he also explores how Paul's interaction with the Corinthian Christians provides relevant pastoral models today.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Sturdy, "Work-horse" Commentary 6 Oct 2005
By S. Stanley - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Way too thin on exegesis and exposition 16 April 2010
By Dr. Marc Axelrod - Published on Amazon.com
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Craig Keener is a prolific evangelical writer, and his commentaries are sometimes considered classics. But one of his weaknesses is that he sometimes focus too much on the cultural and social setting of the text and he forgets to expound what the text is actually saying.

In a commentary that is this short, I was hoping for an exposition that quickly gets to the heart of what the text is saying, especially because Keener is preparing a much larger work on these epistles, and so I figured he could whittle that down into a compelling, digestible format.

But such is not the case. Again, Craig falls into the habit of giving us circumstantial information and not enough exposition of the actual text. It is telling when the most brilliant exposition in the book (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) comes in the form of a "closer look" section rather than in the body of the book where it belongs.

Actually, the 2 Corinthians portion of this book has more compelling exposition than 1 Corinthians, in my opinion. I like this New Cambridge commentary series because some of the volumes do a great job of exposing the text's meaning without a lot of verbiage (Witherington on Revelation and Arnold on Genesis, for example).

But this one will leave you hungering for more.
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 8 July 2014
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A little hard to follow, in my opinion.
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