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The Message of 1 Corinthians: Life in the Local Church (The Bible Speaks Today) [Paperback]

David Prior
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: IVP; 2Rev Ed edition (2 Dec 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851109934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851109930
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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The message of 1 Corinthians. An exposition focusing on the tensions and rich possibilities of life in the local church today.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible does speak today and tomorrow 12 July 2010
This book is one in the series entitled 'The Bible Speaks Today'. This volume fits well within the ethos of the whole series strongly illustrating the contemporary and continuing relevance of the Bible to every day life in no matter which historical period it is applied.
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If you're looking for something slightly more academic than the Welwyn series (which I happen to rate very highly because of its straightforward approach) then this is certainly worth checking out. I have been using this alongside Roger Ellsworth's commentary for Welwyn and it is certainly useful when you come to translation. Its strength is its still very readable without being overtly academic, but contains enough of the technical aspects of translation of the book to be useful in that area. David Priors approach is nice and straightforward and readable. He certainly makes you realise just how the book of 1 Corinthians speaks into this day and age as well as the one it was written in. All in all this is useful for private study, leading Bible studies or preparing to preach the book. As a commentary this ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to being pitched between readable and academic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book 9 Aug 2013
By Sergey Shyndriayev - Published on
In my church we had a series of sermons on 1 Corinthians and Bible Studies for almost 1 year. And even after this extensive study I still feel I not understand what Paul really said in this letter. Most interesting fact, that Paul send this letter to people without special and sometimes any education at all, he answered on important questions in this particular church, and people understand him. Now we have good education, a lot of great commentaries from people who had even better education and experience than we; and we still can’t understand Paul completely. It is why I purchased “The Message of 1 Corinthians (Bible Speaks Today) by David Prior”, and study 1 Corinthians on my own. David Prior has pastored churches in Cape Town, South Africa, and Oxford, England, and has served as director of The Centre for Marketplace Theology in London.
Together with this book I use John Piper’s Sermons on 1 Corinthians on Desiring God [...] I can’t tell that this is easy, but I see some progress in understanding. This book is very helpful, David Prior is trying to answer many my questions and he not afraid of “hot” topics. Actually I’m very happy of this book. Another very interesting book is The First Letter to the Corinthians (Pillar New Testament Commentary) by Roy E. Ciampa and Brian S. Rosner. This book is much bigger and much more difficult to read. I use this book for very hard verses. This book is available on-line for reading. [...]
John Calvin described 1 Corinthians as “no less difficult than valuable.” Especially difficult to understanding is ch. 15. Karl Barth wrote: ” The chapter is the key to the entire letter with its profound disclosures on this and that, which have their source in ultimate wisdom.” Karl Bart had a very interesting and unusual (for me) idea that Christ in this letter represented Israel, and he made parallel to Hosea 6:1, 2. Christ is Israel's hope, but also Christ is Israel. Paul quotes Hosea 6:1 in 1 Corinthians 15:4, saying that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. Hosea prophesied God would raise Israel the third day. God raised Christ the third day according to Hosea. Therefore, God raised Israel (Christ) the third day. I highly recommend this book for study 1 Corinthians.
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Testament Series. 16 Aug 2013
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I cant say enough about the whole series of these books, just gives you great insight to the writers and apostles what they where going thru and what was happening around them at the time. Tells not only what the meaning of the scriptures are according to their understanding but also what was happening with the churches and populace at the time of the scriptures. They also give great suggestions of different authors and books to add to your studies
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 10 Nov 2009
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This book offers very good commentary on 1 Corinthians. I am finding it very helpful in my studies.
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