Item description for 1 Corinthians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by David E. Garland...
Overview A substantive commentary on I Corinthians that will help pastors, students, and teachers understand and explain this major New Testament letter.
Publishers Description Paul's first letter to the Corinthians is one of the most important epistles in the New Testament. David Garland's thoughtful new commentary draws on extensive research and engages the best of contemporary scholarship while providing a readable study that will be accessible to thoughtful readers as well as students, pastors, and scholars. After considering the context of the letter and the social and cultural setting of Corinth, Garland turns to his exegetical work. An introduction to each major unit of thought is followed by the author's own translation of the Greek text. In the course of his verse-by-verse commentary, he incorporates references to other ancient writings that help explain particular aspects of Paul's meaning or provide information on the social and cultural context. He also refers to the work of other commentators and provides extensive notes for further reading and research.
Awards and Recognitions 1 Corinthians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by David E. Garland has received the following awards and recognitions -
Gold Medallion Book Awards - 2004 Finalist - Reference/Commentaries category
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.29" Width: 6.32" Height: 2.02" Weight: 2.9 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2003
Publisher Baker Academic
Series Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
ISBN 080102630X ISBN13 9780801026300
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More About David E. Garland
David E. Garland (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate dean for academic affairs and professor of New Testament at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University. He has authored a number of books, including commentaries on Mark and Colossians/Philemon for the NIVAC series, 2 Corinthians for the NAC series, Reading Matthew, and a forthcoming introduction to Paul. He is also the New Testament editor of the revised Expositor's Bible Commentary.
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Reviews - What do customers think about 1 Corinthians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)?
Quite Good Nov 12, 2007
Garland's commentary is well-written and not difficult to read or understand. Scholarly enough, but very readable. Overall, it is well worth having. I would not, however, recommend its use alone. One should probably have both Fee and Garland, as they complement each other. In some areas, Fee is better; in other areas, Garland is better. My only disappointment was that in some sections, Garland cites a bunch of commentators and scholars but doesn't make his own view sufficiently clear. But on the whole, it is one of the two or three commentaries on 1 Corinthians pastors and Bible students should own.
Better than Fee, better than Moo Jan 5, 2007
This book is an exceptional exegetical and expositional treatment of Paul's corrective letter to the church at Corinth.
Enough sprinkling of original language word studies without being too heavy, and just the right amount of practical application, this book is divided into well-organized sections.
It is, in my opinion, the best commentary available on this book - surpassing even Gordon Fee's excellent work.
the best first corinthians commentary that I have encountered Sep 5, 2006
Several years ago (before Garland's book came out) I did a fairly detailed study over about 6 months on the book of 1 Corinthians. I relied fairly heavily on the commentaries by Thiselton and also by Fee. In the subsequent years, I frequently re-read sections of both commentaries. Recently I wanted to get a more clear understanding of the controversial passages about headcovering and women's silence (in chapters 11 and 14, respectively) so I re-read the relevant portions of both commentaries again. I was pretty unsatisfied with both so I went to the library to see if I could find anything else more insightful. Happily, I encountered Garland's book.
Garland's book was much more helpful than either Thiselton or Fee. It was more lucid, kept the same high level of scholarship, and even touched on application! I continued reading the book and have come to the conclusion that it is the best commentary on 1 Corinthians available, for several reasons:
- It interacts with all the major views of a given position without becoming too bogged down (something that I think happens often with Thiselton). It is still a long book, but substantially shorter than Thiselton's.
- Instead of being merely a commentary on commentaries, Garland tries to persuade the reader of the legimitacy of what the author feels is the correct view. In contrast, you can read many 1 Corinthian commentaries and not even know what the author finally thinks!
- It has excellent scholarship with a good degree of balance. Fee, in contrast, holds to extreme views on the controversial women passages (such as arguing that 1 Corinthians 14:33-34 wasn't even written by Paul!).
- Garland lightly touches on application. While the majority of the book is on exegesis, Garland helpfully states the relevance of his conclusions to church life today. Thiselton does not really do this, which is unfortunate.
- His prose is lucid and sharp.
In summary, I believe that Garland's volume is now the best commentary on 1 Corinthians available. Bravo to Baker for this volume. Hopefully other books in the series will have the same standard of quality.
Excellent Commentary Nov 15, 2005
I have preached through First Corinthians for several months now. This commentary has been my primary resource. It is the most thorough, well-researched, and sound commentary I have ever read. Garland confronts the "common" interpretations with historical and biblical insights which make his conclusions virtually argument proof. If you really want to know what Paul was doing in First Corinthians, this commentary is a must read.