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First Corinthians (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) [Hardcover]

By Joseph A. Fitzmyer (Author)
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Item description for First Corinthians (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) by Joseph A. Fitzmyer...

Leading Catholic scholar and Jesuit priest, this is Joseph A. Fitzmyer's latest contribution to the mammoth, Anchor Yale Bible Commentary Series (Formerly Anchor Bible Commentary). This series, employing scholars from around the world and from Jewish, Catholic and Protestant backgrounds, provides tools to make the Bible easily accessible to the modern reader through "exact translation and extended exposition". Furthermore this series, as a consortium of biblical knowledge, illuminates the ancient setting of specific biblical books, their transmission through history, as well as significant information on the linguistic issues faced by biblical interpreters.Fitzmyer's work, First Corinthians in many ways embodies the spirit and scope of this series by providing a section by section commentary on the entire book, an extensive introduction to the social, historical, textual, and theological issues surrounding First Corinthians which he describes as "the letter in the Pauline corpus which reveals the Apostle at his best".

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This new translation of First Corinthians includes an introduction and extensive commentary that has been composed to explain the religious meaning of this Pauline epistle. Joseph Fitzmyer discusses all the usual introductory problems associated with the epistle, including issues of its authorship, time of composition, and purpose, and he also presents a complete outline. The author analyzes the epistle, pericope by pericope, discussing the meaning of each one in a comment and explaining details in the notes. The book supplies a bibliography on the various passages and problems for readers who wish to investigate further, and useful indexes complete the volume. "First Corinthians" will be of interest to general readers who wish to learn more about the Pauline letters, and also to pastors, college and university teachers, graduate students studying the Bible, and professors of Biblical studies.

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First Corinthians (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) by Joseph A. Fitzmyer has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Chronicle of Higher Education - 10/10/2008 page 21

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Studio: Yale University Press
Pages   660
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.4" Width: 6.56" Height: 1.95"
Weight:   2.44 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2008
Publisher   Yale University Press
Series  Anchor Bible Commentary  
ISBN  0300140444  
ISBN13  9780300140446  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Joseph A. Fitzmyer is a Jesuit priest and professor emeritus, Biblical Studies, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. He has edited and published numerous books on the New Testament, ancient Aramaic, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and he has served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Society for New Testament Study. He lives in Washington, DC.

Joseph A. Fitzmyer currently resides in Washington, in the state of District Of Columbia. Joseph A. Fitzmyer was born in 1952 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Emeritus, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Joseph A. Fitzmyer has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries
  2. Biblical Resource
  3. Semitic Background of the New Testament
  4. Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls & Related Literature

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Worth Adding To Pastoral Libraries For Preaching From 1 Corinthians  Jun 23, 2009
This commentary is among some of my best ones for 1 Corinthians. It has a number of strengths and some weaknesses in my view which I will try to summarize in this review. My bottom line is that I think it's a helpful tool for aiding Pastors and Bible Teachers/Students in their pursuit of the meaning of the text. It does not attempt to bring out strong application concepts, nor does it delve into theological implications or debates surrounding key terms in the text.

Let me describe the book in general before I illustrate what I mean.
The author gives us 600+ pages of material on the 16 chapters of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. His seventy page introduction is longer than many introductions in other commentaries, and has one feature that I particularly enjoy: His final feature in the introduction (the one I like the best) is called Pauline Teaching in First Corinthians (some people-including myself-would say that all of First Corinthians is Paul's teaching). What this section of the introduction contains is a mini version of theological emphasis in First Corinthians. He brings out more elements than Gordon Fee's NICNT The First Epistle to the Corinthians (The New International Commentary on the New Testament) or David Garland's Baker ECNT on 1 Corinthians 1 Corinthians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)(both fine commentaries). The categories include the emphasis of Christology, Theology Proper, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, Anthropology and Eschatology. It's surprising to me that a Catholic scholar would emphasize with a special point the Pneumatology of 1 Corinthians and a formerly Pentecostal scholar like Fee would omit this. But that's the very situation we have here. I suppose one can point to Fee's "God's Empowering Presence" God's Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul rather massive volume as compensation for this point, still I would like to have seen a helpful summary in Fee as we have here in Fitzmyer. Essentially he contrasts extra-biblical Greek useage of pneuma with NT use and says Paul here is using a meaning that parallels the Hebrew ruach. He defines the Spirit here as a manifestation of God's presence. His short article (two pages only) is enlightening, helpful and a great snippet in the middle of a very good commentary. These are the things that I look for in commentaries.

Each section of scripture has a translation, a summary, commentary, notes and special bibliography (there is a general bibliography in the beginning of the book that has everything).

When it comes to controversial issues, Fitzmyer tends to identify the controversy, dispatch the weaker views or overlook them, and focus on the key possibilities without spending a lot of time on them. He will give citations refuting or agreeing with major authors, alerting the reader to what he believes are pitfalls or strengths in arguments from other scholars and then get right to the meaning he believes the text carries. This can be very helpful.

For example: On 1 Corinthians 13 he talks about Agape extensively with a summary of Greek use of four major terms for love, (he doesn't delve into other terms found in lexicons as if they are not there-I don't know why, but then I'm not a scholar-but I can easily see there are other terms for love just by looking it up in Louw and Nida's Semantical Domain Lexicon). Anyhow, he deals with the meaning of controversial terms like the 'perfect' in 1 Corinthians 13:10 much to the chagrin of fundamentalists and other cessationists, he dispatches of their cherished view by stating the idea that the 'perfect' means the completion of the cannon is completely alien to the context of 1 Corinthians 13. He then goes on to discuss the possibility that it could mean maturity but settles on the idea that it is the coming Eschaton at Christ's return. I think every major commentary I have agrees with this point. He summarizes it fairly well, but I like Gordon Fee's summary of this point much better. I don't know if Fitzmyer has added anything new to the discussion on this point. He spends only one half of one page on the issue, not enough in my opinion.

He tends to overlook Jewish Intertestamental uses, First Century AD Jewish Greek use of terms, and Apostolic Greek Fathers (of special note are first and second century Fathers whose use of Pauline terms should be wrestled with more than Bultmann or Barth in my opinion). He instead wrestles with the views of a wide array of scholars from the 19th and 20th and now 21st Century. So I was quite surprised to find 1 Clement dealing with Agape and Teleios (love and the perfect) together in a passage. I was stunned that none of my commentaries discuss that...especially since Clement ties it to the coming of Christ at the end of the age!!!

So unlike some wonderful commentaries I have on other NT letters (like Gene Green's commentary on 2 Peter Jude and 2 Peter (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)) this one does NOT adequately grapple with highly relevant ancient literature that Pastors and other Bible teachers can fairly quickly reference with todays sophisticated professional Bible exegetical software like Bibleworks 8.0

I think the lack of application or inspirational points in this commentary (there is no spiritual fire like commentaries of old) and the shorter dealing with what have been major debates among Bible believing Christians, and the lack of breadth in citing Jewish Greek literature from 200 BC through 200 AD are three key weaknesses in this commentary that cause me to mark it down to a four star (it's better than a three star).

Having said that, the commentary he gives is salient, clear and easy to read for the most part and a worthy addition to any pastoral library on the New Testament. I highly recommend this commentary for your use.

I would not agree with one reviewer who said...if you can only have one commentary on 1 Corinthians, this is the one. I'm not sure it displaces Garland or Fee in value to the preaching pastor. Yet it's in my top five, that's for sure! I hope it blesses you as much as I've been blessed by it!
Rev. Virgil C Funk  Apr 6, 2009
I Corinthians is an important book, and Joseph Fitzmyer's form criticism method is excellent. The history of Corinth is a plus. If you read only one commentary on Paul's work, this is the one to read.
Rev. Virgil C Funk
Critical addition to any exegetes library  Mar 2, 2009
Fitzmyer is one of the world's leading scholars of Sacred Scripture and any work that carries his name is guaranteed to be an indepth study using credible references and providing valuable information. First Corinthians provides an excellent overview of Corinth's history and people. The commentary on St. Paul's letter is truly a scholarly work.
A real good commentary  Oct 17, 2008
If you have read Fitzmyer`s commentary on Romans, or the Book of Acts and if they seemed good for you, well you will be happy with this one too. It`s a gem. Fitzmyer is an aramaic expert so you will find this extra here. He`s clear. A very good commentary for those who love greek, history and theological studies

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