The Pastoral Epistles
Publisher InterVarsity Press
The Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (TNTC) have long been a trusted resource for Bible study. Written by some of the world's most distinguished evangelicals scholars, including F. F. Bruce, Leon Morris, N. T. Wright, and Donald Guthrie, these twenty volumes offer clear, reliable and relevant explanations of every book in the New Testament.Formerly distributed by Eerdmans Publishing Co., InterVarsity Press is pleased to begin offering this series as a compliment to the popular Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries (TOTC). Like the TOTCs, the TNTC volumes are designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means. The aim throughout is to get at the true meaning of the Bible and to make its message plain to readers today.
Intro level commentary for pastors and lay readers, from an evangelical perspective. Achieves the goals of the series.
These three letters are largely approached in both the intro and the appendix from the vantage point of who wrote them and refuting those who believe that they were written much later by someone other than Paul. This also spills into the commentary. Since many of the letters of Paul have been questioned in recent years, this is valuable information presented fairly simply. The commentary is solid if unremarkable. Since there is much repetition from Paul in three similar letters and a fair number of technical problems with understanding his writing, trying to offer historic solutions to the problems and picking the best one while trying not to repeat yourself is about the most you can hope for in a more intro volume. This the author accomplishes.
I always try to include at least one volume that is reader-friendly and suitable for someone who wants to do a relatively light study. Guthrie’s fits the bill. He writes from a conservative position, addresses those who take an opposing view, and then helpfully opens up the three epistles. Anyone will be able to read, understand, and enjoy it. [Full Review]
For those seeking an accessible, introductory level commentary on the Pastoral Epistles, the work by Donald Guthrie in the Tyndale series is probably the best place to begin. Guthrie takes a conservative approach to the books. He addresses all of the objections to Pauline authorship and finds them unconvincing. This is a very helpful verse-by-verse commentary. [Full Review]