Item description for Commentary-1 Peter (Word Biblical Commentary V49) by J. Ramsey Michaels & Thomas Nelson Publishers...
Overview The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. This series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for the professional theologian and instructor, the seminary or university student, the working minister, and everyone concerned with building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.
The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. This series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for the professional theologian and instructor, the seminary or university student, the working minister, and everyone concerned with building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.24" Width: 6.26" Height: 1.33" Weight: 1.45 lbs.
Release Date Jun 17, 1988
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Series Word Biblical Commentary
Series Number 49
ISBN 0849902487 ISBN13 9780849902482
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More About J. Ramsey Michaels & Thomas Nelson Publishers
J. Ramsey Michaels (Th.D., Harvard) is retired after many years of teaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Southwest Missouri State University. He teaches occasionally as an adjunct professor at Bangor Theological Seminary, Portland, Maine and as a visiting professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena.
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Thorough Exegetical Work on 1 Peter Feb 28, 2007
J. Ramsey Michaels' commentary on 1 Peter is one of the most comprehensive, reliable works on this importnat letter of the New Testament. For review, let me begin with a few weaknesses before turning to the strengths and ultimately, a recommendation.
Weaknesses First, like all commentaries in the Word series, the reader needs to endure the pages and pages of background information (e.g., the Qumran community) on every verse and word. A summary of this information would have been helpful to see the point of some of this research.
Second, there is not much theological reflection or interaction. For example, what are the implications of 2:4-10 in terms of the identity of the Israel of God in the Scriptures? (pp. 92-113) And what did this mean for Peter's audience, assuming they were primarily Gentiles? (contra Karen Jobes' recent thesis)
Third, there is no homiletical interaction during the comments or after, as this is left to the reader/preacher to take the loads of information, and craft it into a sermon (for this, see Clowney, who does not exegete the text verse by verse, but offers a sermonically outlined analysis).
Strenghts In terms of strengths, there are many. I will name only three, as these illustrate this books' usefulness:
First, Michaels' commentary is as thorough as they come on 1 Peter in giving textual critical, grammatical, linguistic, and background analysis of the Greek text.
Second, his emphasis on Septuagintal references and allusions is extremely helpful for interpretation and preaching. Not only does this help the preacher choose an Old Testament lesson to read along with the reading from 1 Peter (a practice too many of us do not do), this also brings out the redemptive-historical and practical aspects of the text. For example, in 2:18-25, Peter begins by addressing servants who suffer for doing good, but quickly switches apply this to all Christians. At the end of the pericope, then, he refers to and applies Isaiah 53:5b-6. Yet whereas the Hebrew and LXX say, "All we like sheep have gone astray...," Peter adds the clause, "But [you] have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls." In the fulness of times, Isaiah's statement about Israel's unfaithfulness and exile turns into an opportunity for Peter to express the work of Christ in gathering his people, of which his people should be assured.
Third, over and over again Michaels points out allusions and references to the Gospel tradition and the words of our Lord, especially his teaching on suffering for righteousness' sake. One particularly amazing example is how Peter uses a verb in 1:12, which is only used three other times in the New Testament to speak of how he stooped down to look into the tomb. Now, Peter says, the angels "long to look" (ESV) into the things we hear in the preaching of the Gospel.
Overall Recommendation The conclusion, then, is that Michaels' work ranks at the top of commentaries on 1 Peter. As I began to delve into the Greek text and use several commentaries at the beginning of my series, texts such as I. Howard Marshall (IVP NT Commentary Series) and Peter Davids (NICNT) soon became obsolete, as I found myself turning to Michaels over and over again at the end of my exegetical work to check myself with this competent conversation partner.