The First Epistle to the Corinthians

Anthony C. Thiselton

The First Epistle to the Corinthians
The First Epistle to the Corinthians

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Series: New International Greek Testament Commentary
Categories: 1 Corinthians
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4.71428571428571 out of 5 based on 7 user ratings
danny April 2, 2009 5 5
Thiselton's work is one of the better detailed commentaries of any book. It's about as comprehensive as you could ask for without going into multiple volumes. There are times when, after laying out the numerous options of interpretation for any given passage, it's hard to tell exactly where Thiselton stands. With that said, though, it's nice to have a commentary for some one-stop shopping. For the pastor, this commentary will no doubt consume much time (especially if you're Greek is a little rusty), but it's time well spent. His critiques of different viewpoints will prove helpful for those wading through all the options (especially in 14:34-36). For those working through 1 Corinthians, this is a must.
Anthony Thiselton's commentary on 1 Corinthians is the most thorough and complete commentary on this book available in English. Thiselton set forth to address virtually every imaginable question that one could ask about the text, and he appears to have succeeded. Although quite readable, this is a technical commentary on the Greek text, so it is not for everyone. For those who do not have enough background in the Greek language to use a technical commentary, Thiselton has also produced something of an abridged version with more focus on practical application. Pastors may find the abridged volume more immediately helpful, but all students should consult the larger work as well. Very highly recommended. [Full Review]
Jeremy Pierce (parableman) August 3, 2008 5 5
Pride of place goes to the NIGTC volume on I Corinthians by Anthony Thiselton (2000). This is now the most in-depth recent commentary on this book. It's based on the Greek text, and it includes a number of long excurses on difficult issues, so this isn't an easy read, but it's not mainly the Greek that's the issue. It's just a very dense, scholarly work, and it's hard to capture that in popular-level writing (although I think Thiselton is clearer most of the time than most academics are). Thiselton gives close attention to the Greek lexical and grammatical issues, the social background of the letter, Paul's rhetoric, and other elements commonly found in commentaries. Thiselton is also an expert in hermeneutics. One unsual thing about this commentary is that he also includes a lot more of the history of interpretation than is typical, since one of his strengths is the history of theology. I've read some lengthy enough sections of it to know that it's tough-going if you're not up on your Greek, and the excursus I read (on gender issues) was so detailed that it was difficult to get a clear sense of what Thiselton's conclusions amount to. The wealth of information and close attention to detail make it an excellent resource for consultation, even if it might be more difficult to read the whole book cover-to-cover the way I like to. I expect this to be an important scholarly standard for some time, even if Ellis has a good chance of eventually take that place (see forthcoming commentaries below). I also very much appreciate Thiselton's application of speech-act theory (from my own field of philosophy) in biblical studies. Thiselton's philosophical background also makes him more trustworthy on the moral philosophical background of the Greco-Roman world. [Full Review]
D. A. Carson May 26, 2008 5 5
While there are a number of recent commentaries on 1 Corinthians, both brief and detailed, it has been a long time since there has been a detailed commentary in English on the Greek text of the epistle, and students and scholars will be grateful for Anthony Thiselton’s massive and detailed work. After the prefaces and general bibliography, the volume opens with a fifty-two-page introduction dealing in turn with Roman Corinth in the time of Paul, the Christian community in Corinth, the occasion of the epistle, and its argument and rhetoric. In the commentary proper, there is an introduction to each major section of the text, followed by Thiselton’s own translation of the Greek, a bibliography, then a verse-by-verse commentary. Here there are short sections on significant textual variations, where appropriate (and in a smaller typeface), along with a considerable number of excursuses on points of particular significance or debate (also marked out clearly by the use of a different font). There are also a number of representative sections dealing with the “posthistory, influence (Wirkungsgeschichte), and reception” of various portions of the letter, which serve to illustrate how the text was taken up in the patristic, medieval, Reformation, and modern periods. Finally, there are extensive indexes. A number of features of the general approach adopted in the commentary are noteworthy. First, Thiselton suggests that “Corinthian culture has much in common with the social constructivism, competitive pragmatism, and radical pluralism which characterizes so-called postmodernity as a popular mood” (14; cf. 12-17, 40-41). [Full Review]

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