The Pastoral Epistles
The Pastoral Epistles

The Pastoral Epistles

in New International Greek Testament Commentary

by George W. Knight, III

4.73 Rank Score: 6.77 from 12 reviews, 5 featured collections, and 29 user libraries
Pages 548
Publisher Eerdmans
Published 1992
ISBN-13 9780802823953

This is a thorough, full-scale English commentary on the Greek text of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. While author George W. Knight gives careful attention to the comments of previous interpreters of the text, both ancient and modern, his emphasis is on exegesis of the Greek text itself and on the flow of the argument in each of these three epistles.

Besides providing a detailed look at the meanings and interrelationships of the Greek words as they appear in each context, Knight's commentary includes an introduction that treats at length the question of authorship (he argues for Pauline authorship and proposes, on the basis of stylistic features, that Luke might have been the amanuensis for the Pastoral Epistles), the historical background of these letters, and the personalities and circumstances of the recipients.

Knight also provides two special excursuses: the first gathers together the information in the Pastorals and elsewhere in the New Testament on early church offices and leaders; the other excursus examines the motivations for conduct in Titus 2:1–10 with a view to their applicability to present-day situations.


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Robert M. Bowman Jr. Robert M. Bowman Jr. December 10, 2016
Still one of the very best evangelical commentaries on the epistles, by a Reformed scholar. Defends Pauline authorship while arguing that Luke may have been Paul’s amanuensis. [Full Review]
Tim Challies Tim Challies September 16, 2013
D.A. Carson lists more “best buys” for the pastoral epistles than for any other book or books and at the very top of his list is Knight’s volume in the NIGTC which he commends as “cautious, conservative and thoughtful.” As you may know, this series is quite technical and requires at least some knowledge of Greek. If you know Greek and are teaching or preaching one of the pastoral epistles, you will want to add this volume to your collection post haste. [Full Review]
Brian Tabb Brian Tabb September 6, 2012
Knight's work remains after 20 years one of the go-to exegetical commentaries on the Pastoral Epistles. He is rigorously exegetical, theologically conservative, and balanced in his interpretive judgments. I've assigned this book as a required textbook in a Greek exegesis course multiple times.
Scot McKnight Scot McKnight August 2, 2009
George Knight's commentary on the Pastoral Epistles is the best contemporary commentary on these books. Knight takes a thoroughly conservative and orthodox approach to the interpretation of the letters, rightly attributing them to Paul. The only drawback is that this commentary is technical and assumes a working knowledge of Greek. For those with such a knowledge, it will prove to be very valuable. [Full Review]
Donn Donn September 21, 2008
My favorite book on the Pastorals. The first commentary I read every week. I really enjoyed reading Knight's work. A straight-forward approach. Simple, yet very thoughtful.
Derek W. H. Thomas Derek W. H. Thomas September 21, 2008
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