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1 Corinthians (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) Hardcover – 19 Apr 2018
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About the Author
Paul Gardner (PhD Cambridge University) taught for seven years at Oak Hill Theological College after his ordination, and then moved to parish ministry in Cheshire. In 2003 he was appointed Archdeacon of Exeter. He has published a number of books and articles, including commentaries on Revelation and on 2 Peter and Jude. Clinton E. Arnold (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is Dean and Professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology in LaMirada, California.
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Gardner's commentary begins with the traditional induction in which he argues for Pauline authorship while destroying augments for non-Pauline authorship. This is a complete introduction yet not as in depth as I was hoping for, just shy of 40 pages. With regard to the commentary proper, Gardner, uses the typical ZECNT format which delves into the Greek but not to a point that non-Greek readers will struggle. Furthermore there is a specific goal to draw out application from the text, which Gardner does flawlessly. While Gardner was not afraid to draw uncommon application he always seems to connect them back to conservative augments and conclusions. This is will be of great aid to a pastor preaching exegetically through the book of 1st Corinthians. In addition Gardner has many "in depth" sections which dig deeper into the text and context of the epistle.
In the end I would recommend this commentary as in mid-level work which will suit the needs of pastors and scholars alike.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Zondervan Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Paul Gardner has written the newest volume in the ZECNT series on 1 Corinthians, a book that always requires a massive undertaking to study, teach, and exegete. Gardner says the “main underlying issue that Paul addresses concerns the possession of wisdom and knowledge…. [T]he Corinthians regarded these as spiritual gifts and gave them a significance that caused spiritual arrogance among some” (36). As a result, “Paul’s response is to return to the humbling centrality of the gospel message in which Christ is preached as the crucified Lord” (36).
The highlight for many pastors and teachers, the Theology in Application section discusses how a particular section contributes to the overall theology of the book and provides some suggestions for application to the church. It will be incredibly helpful to the pastor/teacher in drawing out the text’s implications for the Christian community founded on solid exegesis.
For example, In 15.20–28, Jesus is the conquering King who saves us from death, the great enemy of all people from the very beginning (at least since the third chapter). Paul writes of “Christ” (Messiah) four times, and this Christ represents his people who belong to him by being in him and are in his kingdom. He is currently destroying all powers and authorities, and he will destroy death itself. Thus, sin cannot be treated lightly. It must be preached so that Christ’s saving power over broken relationships, death, diseases, and corruption can be longed for.
There are an overwhelming amount of 1 Corinthian commentaries one could buy. There is no ‘right’ commentary. Excellent commentaries have been written by Fee, Garland, Hays, Blomberg, Ciampa/Rosner, Thiselton, with most of these (especially Ciampa/Rosner) being pretty long. Gardner has provided one that is worthy of purchase and could be paired with Schreiner's upcoming volume in the TNTC series, which is shorter than most of the above.
Gardner provides explanations, the main points, flow of thought, and a commentary that abounds with application sections. Gardner is to be commended and his volume recommended. His volume is an excellent addition to the ZECNT series.
Disclosure: I received this book free from Zondervan. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.