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The First Epistle to the Corinthians: A Commentary on the Greek Text (New International Greek Testament Com (Eerdmans)) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2000

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  • Hardcover: 1424 pages
  • Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co (1 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802824498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802824493
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16 x 6.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 765,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Evangelical Review of Theology"
"A prodigious commentary on First Corinthians which will be welcomed by students, scholars, and pastors alike. . . A fine scholarly achievement. The substantial bibliographies, the excursuses incorporating ancient as well as the most recent scholarly discussion, and the comprehensive indices at the end make the volume not only a welcome addition to the literature on First Corinthians, but also a useful resource for the study of Pauline theology."
"Theological Studies"
"The volume's comprehensive scope demonstrates Thiselton's command of both this letter and the wider issues of Pauline studies. The exegesis is careful and rigorously represents the various interpretations available for nearly every passage. . . The volume is extremely lucid for such a technical work and will serve the field of New Testament studies for many years to come. . . Highly recommended."
Raymond F. Collins
"I have read Anthony Thiselton's commentary with delight. It is an impressive conversation with the best of contemporary interpretation of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. Its clearly articulated juxtaposition of opposing views makes it a valuable tool for those who want to go further in the study of one of the most important documents of the early church."
Craig L. Blomberg
"Every New Testament book except 1 Corinthians has had at least one major English-language commentary on its Greek text published in recent years. For 1 Corinthians the last such commentary was Robertson and Plummer's revised edition in 1914! Now this gap has been amply filled by one of the most detailed, widely ranging, and exegetically compelling commentaries ever written on any book of the Bible. Scholars, pastors, and students alike are all now massively indebted to Tony Thiselton for this prodigious work." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dr. Anthony C. Thiselton is professor of Christian theology at the University of Nottingham and Canon Theologian of Leicester Cathedral. His substantial volume on hermeneutics, The Two Horizons, received international acclaim as a standard resource for this growing subject area. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I love this series of commentaries, but this is my favourite so far.

As with other books in the series, the author provides a word-by-word commentary on the Greek text, but always without losing sight of the bigger picture. In fact it would have been worth buying this volume for that 'bigger picture' alone.

The book draws a vivid picture of life in 1st Century Corinth, and shows that many of the so-called 'new' challenges faced by the 21st century church are startlingly similar to those faced by our spiritual ancestors in Corinth.

This is also one of those wonderful books that almost constitutes an education in itself. Along the way I've been learning about various related subjects (Roman Rhetoric, for instance), and I've been making notes of related books that I want to read, to delve deeper into certain aspects.

These books aren't cheap but, for me at least, they're lifelong companions and a continuing source of reference. And (in this volume anyway) you *are* getting close to 1500 pages of great info for the cash. Amazon are currently offering a very good price for this book - but beware of the sky-high prices being charged by some Amazon sellers for various editions of this book.

Very highly recommended.
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I bought this book for my Grandson to help him with his PhD studies, and he has said it has been very helpful
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For me, the best commentary on 1 Corinthians ever written. Probably one of the best commentaries on any Bible book ever written. A model of academic thoroughness and balance.
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Wonderfully lucid academic commentary
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, but Bloated 25 Jan. 2002
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For this review, it may help to know that I am a pastor and a Ph.D. candidate. On the one hand, this is an amazing scholarly achievement. Having read several key passages, I am thoroughly impressed by Thiselton's abilities: his mastery of secondary material, his sophisticated understanding of language and interpretation, his exegetical nuance and synthetic skill. This is simply the best commentary on 1 Corinthians in English for the scholar or seminary student. On the other hand, if you are a pastor trying to preach/teach through 1 Corinthians, I recommend you look elsewhere. There is just too much extraneous information in this book which does not directly bear on our tasks. Also, while I commend Thiselton for listing nearly every possible position on a subject, it is frustrating to read so many pages and not be sure what Thiselton's opinion is or why he holds it. There is an astonishing amount of erudite information in this book, but often too much! I wish the publishers of the ever more girthsome commentaries would realize that often, less is more! Thus, I rate the book 4 stars (5 for scholars, but only 3 for preachers). For the pastor, I still recommend Fee as the best commentary, with Barrett and Kistemaker as great complements.
51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant scholarly commentary 20 Dec. 2002
By Shawn W. Gillogly - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, the NIGTC series has never claimed to be anything but a scholar's series. So it needs to be judged on those terms. Judging it on value to the pastor who may or may not have the advanced Greek knowledge this commentary demands (2 years minimum, probably exegesis experience as well), is like judging the NIV Application series' value for scholars. This is not to say Thistleton does not deal with issues of application, he does. But the primary purpose is to survey the critical literature in view of the text.
Thistleton is one of the leading British scholars of hermeneutics today, and it shows in the work. This is thorough and careful exegesis, often much more careful than Fee's work, which I also admire. This, plus Thistleton's immense vocabulary, can daunt even the most sophisticated reader. But his style is lucid, and, for a commentary, enjoyable. His scholarship is impeccable, and even when one disagrees with him in the end, one understands why one can come to such a view rationally even if you don't accept his presuppositions, which is not always possible in Fee's work.
In short, this commentary is the new standard in Greek scholarship, and is set to be it for a long time. If you don't have the background for this commentary, it is very difficult going. But it rewards careful study.
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best written on 1 Cor 19 July 2006
By Anthony J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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It is virtually unanimous among those involved in biblical studies that Gordon Fee's NICNT volume is the best commentary written on 1 Corinthians or, for that matter, perhaps on any book. I will whole heartedly agree with that statement. This commentary by Thiselton is not a competitor but a complement to Fee's work. The NICNT volume is based on the NIV, with corrections made by Fee where appropriate. Comments on the Greek text are minimal and usually only found in the footnotes. Fee's comments are clear and concise, even if a bit underdeveloped for the needs of scholars and Greek students. Perhaps the best feature of Fee's volume is his wonderful introductions and summaries found at the opening and closing of each section of the book. This is especially important when discussing an epistle and conveys Fee's understanding that, despite the proliferation of word studies and word-by-word commentaries, words can only be understood in light of their entire context. Fee does all of these things wonderfully, and even includes helpful insights into modern application and contextualization.
I have included all of this about Fee, so that the work of Thiselton can be seen for the gem that it is. This volume is massive (almost one-hundred pages devoted to each chapter). For some, this is a problem. However, as one who as actually read the commentary (many reviewers have only read a few pages of the book they review), the bulk is absolutely necessary. In the preface Thiselton says that it was his intention to answer every question a responsible scholar might bring to the text. As he says, "I am keenly aware of the sense of disappointment so often experienced when readers take up a substantial, scholarly commentary only to find that in the end it has failed to address precisely the questions to which they are seeking some kind of answer" (xvi). If you have every experienced this frustration, you won't find it here.
Thiselton is a Greek scholar, an accomplished linguist, philosopher and theologian. This background makes this the most thorough commentaries I have ever read. Having been through the entire commentary, I can say, there is no question that he does not address. This is not to say that I agree with all of his solutions, but at least he attempts an answer. He pays close attention to the Greek text, addressing text critical issues where appropriate as well as syntactical issues.. He gives sociological and rhetorical criticism sufficient weight, without allowing these more subjective disciplines to run away with the clear sense of the text. He carefully traces the flow of argument in the epistle, and like Fee, introduces and summarizes every major section of the letter so as to keep the entire argument in focus as the commentary progresses. He offers many special studies into particular sticking points of the letter--the point of rhetoric in 1:10-4:21, the possible source of the divisions, the meaning of sophhia and teleios, divorce, Paul's use of the OT and MUCH more. As I said, every responsible question is addressed. As a counterpart to Fee's not to present day application, Thiselton includes a substantial section on the history of interpretation and wirkungsgeschichte after each chapter.
So, is this commentary worth the money? First ask, what are your needs? This commentary, despite the claims of the NIGTC editors, is not altogether suited for those just beginning Greek student, and certainly not for those unfamiliar with the language. These two groups could still utilize certain sections, but would miss many of Thiselton's careful points. If, though, you are skilled in Greek and fed up with commentaries that go on and on about simple points and never address the challenges of the text, this is for you.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for those working with the Greek. 23 Sept. 2005
By S. Pompa - Published on Amazon.com
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Thiselton's commentary is a must for anyone working with the Greek. This does not exclude those who do not know any Greek at all, and thus it does not exclude those who know only a very little. Dr Thiselton has an impressive command of all the literature on the topic, and his translations of the texts are fresh and insightful. One would be foolish indeed to not consult this commentary when doing a class on 1 Corinthians.

One thing I like about him, unlike O'Brien in his NIGTC commentary on Philippians, is that if he disagrees with an accepted scholarly consensus about a topic, he does not merely say so. He points out fallacies and weaknesses and thus allows the reader to make his/her own judgements. Another is that while he himself is quite orthodox in his beliefs, his commentary is neither too conservative nor too liberal (I dislike either of those terms anyway) and thus one is assured a good moderate commentary composed by one who is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge--all put in a way that the beginner can grasp the most difficult spots of Paul's Greek.

Thus for really anybody--Greek expert or not--who wants to make up his/her mind about topics in 1 Corinthians with all the major relevant information in one volume, this is one commentary you need. It is a fitting companion to the New Interpreter's Commentary which, for this book, is disappointingly sparse on information.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great scholarship 11 Dec. 2007
By Jim Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
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The breadth and depth of this commentary does its author great justice, and it is a worthy addition to the NIGTC series. Thiselton shows tremendous scholarship and knowledge of both primary and secondary sources in covering a wide variety of topics and issues in dealing with the text of 1 Corinthians. He even presents possibly the most cogent explanation of "being baptised on behalf of the dead" (1 Cor 15:29) that I have read, and his elucidation on the meaning of 1 Cor 14:31 "for you can all prophesy one by one" is equally compelling.

On rare occasions, he does promote his own opinion with slightly less than adequate consideration of other opinions, such as the nature of prophecy being equivalent to inspired preaching, but it is by no means a completely unreasonable position.

While no commentary can hope to cover everything that might be discussed or be of interest, this one covers more than most. The only short coming might be that a doctoral level of Greek and exegesis is required to get the most out of it.

Nevertheless it remains an outstanding example of contemporary New Testament scholarship.
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