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.