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A really helpful commentary,
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This review is from: Jewish New Testament Commentary (Paperback)
I have given this commentary a 5 star rating because overall I think it is an excellent treatise of many NT verses/passages and also because of its unique Jewish angle.
I haven't yet read every comment, but have actually got through most because half of the time I just can't put it down it is so interesting. There are three aspects that to me are very interesting in this book, and they are his views on Israel and the Church, Salvation by faith and also his understanding of the diety of Christ.
I have to be honest and say that he has enhanced my understanding of these subjects so much that I am just extremely grateful to this man. The Jewish context is so critical in understanding a book written predominently by Jews and he gives this extremely well.
I also like his understanding of Romans 9-11, he seems to take a very balanced approach in an era where so many have diverged beyond Scripture in two opposite directions in my opinion, I also learnt so much from his understanding of Ephesians 2 in relation to this issue. In that same vain, if you haven't already, read his exposition of Romans 2:28, 29 and Galatians 6:16 - just brilliant!
Also, his comments in Galatians are very interesting. His understanding of how Paul uses the term 'law' (nomos) in this book seem to be relatively unique and thus provide an interesting interpretation of the thrust of Paul's teaching to the Galatians. I also like the way he seems to dispel a few myths that have arison as theology has developed over the years in the Church.
Finally, his treatment of the deity of Christ is very helpful in my view - he basically asks and answers the question - is the idea compatible with a Jewish outlook/background? Obviously, given the rise of Arianism in the Church (both past and present), I think sometimes we (orthodox Christians) can look at a passage and try to prove the deity of Christ but end up missing what is being taught. I think Stern takes an interesting approach to this subject and is happy to say when he thinks a passage is clearly teaching the deity of Christ, and when perhaps others, though still hinting at this, actually could more be seeking teaching another truth at that point.
Overall, a great commentary and should definitely be bought by all teachers and students of the Word.