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not only for Pentecostals
on 9 July 2011
I was very curious to read a commentary on First Corinthians written by a Pentecostal, because, at first sight, this letter seems to contradict some important teachings of this denomination, such us excessive emphasis on speaking in tongues over prophecying, the ministry of women and tithing.
Fee answers all these and many more difficulties with great insight and great class, without shying away from criticizing some issues of his own denomination when necessary.
Another interesting feature is the fact that, even though this is not a devotional work, at the end of every chapter Fee inserts his own personal comments on the argument treated, showing that he does not only possess great text-critical prowess, but also considerable pastoral insight, finding good lessons in every verse.
The only thing I would criticize about this book is the view that 14:34-35 constitute a non-Pauline interpolation, which I find really unconvincing. Personally, I think the theory that these verses are a quotation from the Corinthians' letter makes more sense.
Apart from that, this is a wonderful commentary, that greatly increased my understanding of 1 Corinthians. A must have for every Christian.