Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Commentaries on 1 Corinthians

Denver Seminary has put together a helpful bibliography on the major New Testament commentaries. Their suggestions for commentaries on 1 Corinthians are listed below. (My comments are in blue)

Those marked with an * are especially recommended by Denver. Those with a # are my personal recommendations. Also, those underlined can be clicked on to preview.

*Garland, D. E. 1 Corinthians (BECNT). G.R.: Baker, 2003. (Definitely consult this one perhaps after Fee and Thiselton).

# Thiselton, A. C. The First Epistle to the Corinthians (NIGTC). G.R.: Eerdmans, 2000. (I am not as familiar with this commentary as with the one by Fee (see below), but have been helped by it when I have used it. In my opinion this should be the second commentary that you consult after Fee's.)

Collins, R. F. First Corinthians (SP). Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 1999.

# Fee, G. D. The First Epistle to the Corinthians (NICNT, rev.). G.R.: Eerdmans, 1987. (In my personal opinion this is one of the better commentaries on 1 Corinthians. Fee is an excellent commentator and his work on this letter is no exception. There are a couple of places where he seems to make theological textual criticism decisions. This is especially true in his handling of 1 Corinthians 14. However, Fee has an excellent background in Textual Criticism and so these decisions are not without some logical grounding. If you only purchase one commentary on 1 Corinthians I would suggest this one.)

Keener, C. S. 1- 2 Corinthians (NCBC). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. (If you can get a hold of this one it would probably be really helpful. I have not had the opportunity to use this one as of yet, but Keener is a top-notch scholar who has a reputation of being very warm hearted.)

*Thiselton, A. C. First Corinthians: A Shorter Exegetical and Pastoral Commentary. G.R.: Eerdmans, 2006.

Witherington, B., III. Conflict and Community in Corinth: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 & 2 Corinthians. G.R.: Eerdmans, 1995.

*Blomberg, C. L. 1 Corinthians (NIVAC). G.R.: Zondervan, 1994. (If you are preaching on 1 Corinthians try to read through this one and/or Hays (below).

Hays, R. B. First Corinthians (Int). Louisville: John Knox, 1997. (If you have the opportunity to preach on 1 Corinthians you should consult this commentary along with Blomberg's (see above).

Johnson, Alan F. 1 Corinthians (NTC). Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2004.

In addition to these whole book commentaries if you are studying 1 Corinthians 12-14 you might consider consulting:

Carson, D. A. 1987. Showing the Spirit a theological exposition of 1 Corinthians 12-14. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Book House.

1 comment:

Mike Jenkins said...

Thanks again for another excellent resource. This blog has been so helpful. Great balance of personal thoughts (perhaps you could have more posts like this) and links and references. I especially like the new links you have on the sidebar. Pretty helpful stuff....