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The First Epistle of Peter (New International Commentary on the New Testament) [Hardcover]

By Peter H. Davids (Author)
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Peter's first letter to the early churches is a significant expression of New Testament theology and pastoral care. This new volume in the New International Commentary explicates the letter to show how the early church applied Jesus' sayings and the Old Testament writings to contemporary concerns. Peter Davids's own translation is the starting point for his clearly written, well-balanced discussions on each verse. He draws frequent parallels to ancient literature, interacts with other works on 1 Peter, and presents one of the most up-to-date bibliographies on the book.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.49" Width: 6.48" Height: 1.01"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 7, 1990
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Edition  Revised  
Series  New International Commentary On   
ISBN  0802825168  
ISBN13  9780802825162  

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Peter H. Davids is Professor in Christianity at Houston Baptist University and Visiting Professor of Bible and Applied Theology at Houston Graduate School Theology.

Peter H. Davids has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament
  2. Biblical Theology of the New Testament
  3. Coleccion Teologica Contemporanea: Estudios Biblicos
  4. Library of New Testament Studies
  5. New International Greek Testament Com (Eerdmans)
  6. Word Biblical Commentary
  7. Zondervan Beyond the Basics Video
  8. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary

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Penetrating insights  Nov 18, 2007
This review will address three authors' work on Peter and Jude: Kistemaker, Schreiner, and Davids.

Kistemaker's commentary in the New Testament Commentary series begun by Hendriksen was published in 1987. Kistemaker, a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, is well known for his contributions to approximately half of this series. His work is the most pastorally oriented of the three here, and is easy to read. Each paragraph of text is presented in a separate section, followed by the text of individual verses with exposition, followed by (as needed) separate sections on "Doctrinal considerations", "Practical considerations", and/or "Greek words, phrases, and constructions". This format is a little scattered, but allows for ease of use across a wide spectrum of readers. Kistemaker is practical, but has less depth than Schreiner or Davids. The current printing is packaged with James and 1-3 John, as well, which makes for a mighty unwieldy volume. I recommend instead finding a reasonably priced used version with just Peter and Jude, unless you're investing in the entire set.

Thomas Schreiner is a professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and author of the Peter & Jude Commentary in the New American Commentary series. Schreiner is also author of the well-regarded BECNT entry for Romans, as well as a volume on Paul's theology. This commentary was written in 2003, and has a clean layout, albeit with smaller print than the other works here. Schreiner's work is solid, and his theology sound, but his writing is not the most engaging. The NIV text is presented one paragraph at a time, then exposited verse-by-verse preceded by verse numbers in bold. The Greek, which he utilizes frequently, is transliterated into English in the running commentary.

Peter Davids is a professor at St. Stephen's University, and has also authored the commentary on James in the New International Greek Testament Commentary series. His work on 1 Peter is in the New International Commentary on the New Testament series (1990), with 2 Peter and Jude in the Pillar New Testament Commentary series (2006). Like his James commentary, he begins with useful discussions of the theology of the letter, broken down into categories such as "Suffering", "Scripture", "God", etc. His work is surprisingly useful for pastors. He in general has a more academic tone, but then breaks forth into a very practical, insightful discussion of, say, "revolutionary submission" in 1 Peter 3. The Pillar volume has a less pastorally-oriented feel, but that is likely due partially to the different subject material provided by Peter and Jude in these letters. Due to the 2 volumes, his works are more thorough than Schreiner or Kistemaker, but of course are more expensive. The format is generally similar to the NAC, although the NIC volume does provide the actual Greek text in the footnotes.

Comparison: Any of these three authors' works would be a worthwhile purchase for the pastor, seminarian, or generally informed reader. All are presented with the NIV text, but interact with the underlying Greek text. Kistemaker and Schreiner are somewhat more conservative theologically than Davids. Those without a seminary education will likely find Kistemaker the most accessible. Students working on their thesis will probably prefer Davids' delving into more detail. Schreiner has the best blend of virtues for those who can afford only one volume at this time.

Kistemaker: 4 stars
Davids: 4.5 stars (1 Peter), 4 stars (2 Peter/Jude)
Schreiner: 4 stars
Solid Scholarship  Apr 4, 2007
Peter Davids is very thoughtful. The reader would find this volume insightful and exciting. Davids has tempered this volume with NT scholarship and modern application, while taking into account the views of major players on 1Peter. This is fine volume. Put it on your shelf.
1 Peter commentary by Davids  Feb 5, 2005
I recently read the 1 Peter commentary by Davids. The text is quite readable. He presents opposing viewpoints well and fairly. He lets you know the likely best interpretation of controversial phrases and verses. My only criticism is that I wish he had spent a little more time on 1 Peter 3:21. Overall though, I learned a lot reading this book. Despite the fact that I have read 1 Peter in the Bible well over 20 times, my understanding of that book is now greatly enriched. You won't regret buying Davids commentary.
A decent commentary in series that deserves slightly better  Feb 19, 2000
The NICNT series has some very distinguished volumes (most notably Fee on 1 Corinthians), and most of them represent a good value for most pastors. Davids' volume on 1 Peter is a good volume, but not a great one. I am a pastor currently preaching through 1 Peter and I find that Davids' work is always reliable, but not especially incisive. It seems to me that the author did not have quite enough time to put into the commentary as he might have liked (he admits as much in the preface), and so we are left with a decent contribution, but not one of my top choices on 1 Peter. I am sorry to say this, since I am such of fan of the NICNT series as a whole. Davids work suffers in comparison with other available commentaries on 1 Peter: Grudem in the TNTC series is less than half the price, written with more verve, and almost as long; Kelly's 30 year old work in the BNTC series is still my top choice for overall value (it covers 1 & 2 Peter, and Jude for less $ than Davids); Michaels commentary in the Word series sells for about the same price as Davids, but it is at least twice as full, giving much more detail (sometimes too much)and has some really excellent exegesis of the Greek text; Achtemeier's more recent contribution to the Hermenia series is the fullest yet, but also the most expensive by far (twice as much as Davids or Michaels). While being a fine work, it does not break new ground, and is no more insightful that Michaels. In conclusion, I would like to see Davids' volume on 1 Peter revised in the near future and have about 50-75 pages added and more interaction with recent authors. If this is done, and the price remains the same, Davids may be in the running.

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