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The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of

Justification in Paul

by Douglas A. Campbell (Author), N. T. Wright (Foreword)

Commentary Description:


This book breaks a significant impasse in much Pauline interpretation today, pushing beyond both “Lutheran” and “New” perspectives on Paul to a noncontractual, “apocalyptic” reading of many of the apostle’s most famous -- and most troublesome -- texts.

In The Deliverance of God Douglas Campbell holds that the intrusion of an alien, essentially modern, and theologically unhealthy theoretical construct into the interpretation of Paul has produced an individualistic and contractual construct that shares more with modern political traditions than with either orthodox theology or Paul’s first-century world. In order to counter­act that influence, Campbell argues that it needs to be isolated and brought to the foreground before the interpretation of Paul’s texts begins. When that is done, readings free from this intrusive paradigm become possible and surprising new interpretations unfold.

Commentary Details:

  • Paperback: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans (March 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802870732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802870735
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.4 x 9.2 inches

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The Letters to Philemon, the Colossians, and the Ephesians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Captivity Epistles (Eerdman's Socio-rhetorical Series of Commentaries on the New Testament)

by Ben Witherington III (Author)

Commentary Description:


This volume completes Ben Witherington's contributions to the set of Eerdmans socio-rhetorical commentaries on the New Testament.

In addition to the usual features of these commentaries, Witherington offers an innovative way of looking at Colossians, Ephesians, and Philemon as interrelated documents written at different levels of moral discourse. Colossians is first-order moral discourse (the opening gambit), Ephesians is second-order moral discourse (what one says after the opening salvo to the same audience), and Philemon is third-order moral discourse (what one says to a personal friend or intimate). Witherington successfully analyzes these documents as examples of Asiatic rhetoric, explaining the differences in style from earlier Pauline documents. He further shows that Paul is deliberately engaging in the transformation of existing social institutions.

As always, Witherington's work is scholarly and engaging. With detailed "Closer Look" sections, The Letters to Philemon, the Colossians, and the Ephesians is perfect for the libraries of clergy, biblical scholars, and seminaries.

Commentary Details:

  • Series: Eerdman's Socio-rhetorical Series of Commentaries on the New Testament
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans (November 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802824889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802824882
  • Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches

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Epistle to the Ephesians

by Rudolf Schnackenburg (Author), Helen Heron (Translator)

Commentary Description:


A classic ecumenical commentary on Ephesians. In addition to detailed exegesis, Schnackenburg pays special attention to the history of interpretation of Ephesians, taking account of comparative material in the history of religion and, at the end of each exegetical section, shows how findings are relevant for today. The theological focus is the concept of the church, giving rise to ecumenical discussion about ministry and office in the church. This commentary has proved invaluable for biblical scholars, clergy and theological students.

Commentary Details:

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: T. & T. Clark Publishers, Ltd. (August 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0567095568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0567095565
  • Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches Details/Reviews

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Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and

the Justification of God

by J. R. Daniel Kirk (Author)

Commentary Description:


If the God of Israel has acted to save his people through Christ, but Israel is not participating in that salvation, how then can this God be considered righteous? Unlocking Romans is directed in large extent toward answering this question in order to illuminate the righteousness of God as revealed in the book of Romans.

The answer here, J. R. Daniel Kirk claims, comes mainly in terms of resurrection. Even if only the most obvious references in Romans are considered -- and Kirk certainly delves more deeply than that -- the theme of resurrection appears not only in every section of the letter but also at climactic moments of Paul's argument. The network of connections among Jesus' resurrection, Israel's Scriptures, and redefining the people of God serves to affirm God's fidelity to Israel. This, in turn, demonstrates Paul's gospel message to be a witness to the revelation of the righteousness of God.

Commentary Details:

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans (November 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080286290X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802862907
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches

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Conflict and Community in Corinth:

A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on

1 and 2 Corinthians

by Ben Witherington (Author)

Commentary Description:


This unprecedented commentary applies an exegetical method informed by both sociological insight and rhetorical analysis to the study of 1 and 2 Corinthians. In addition to using traditional exegetical and historical methods, this unique study also analyzes the two letters of Paul in terms of Greco-Roman rhetoric and ancient social conditions and customs to shed fresh light on the context and content of Paul's message. Includes 21 black-and-white photos and illustrations.

Commentary Details:

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans (January 24, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802801447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802801449
  • Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches

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The Story of Romans: A Narrative Defense of

God's Righteousness

by Katherine Grieb (Author)

Commentary Description:


A. Katherine Grieb insightfully traces the argument of Paul's letter to the Romans and shows how it is grounded in the story of God's faithfulness to Israel. She draws together a number of crucial insights: the narrative character of Paul's thought, the apocalyptic message of his gospel, the depth of his engagement with Israel's Scripture, and the practical and political impact of his theology. She demonstrates the letter's relevance today and invites contemporary readers to locate their own stories within Paul's account of God's righteousness. Informed by recent Pauline scholarship, this book will be useful to scholars, students, and pastors.

Commentary Details:

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 1 edition (September 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 066422525X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664225254
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches

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The Epistle of Paul to the Romans. Moffatt New Testament Commentary.

by C H Dodd (Author)

Commentary Description:


One of the Moffatt series by Dodd, a great Bible scholar.

Commentary Details:

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Reprint edition (1947)
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.5 inches

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The Interpretation of the Fourth Gospel (English and Greek Edition)

by C. H. Dodd (Author)

Commentary Description:


Since its publication almost forty years ago, The Interpretation of the Fourth Gospel has established itself as a classic of biblical scholarship. Regarded as a seminal text in Johannine studies, it provides a comprehensive and authoritative exposition of the major elements and themes contained in this more original and fascinating of ancient documents. The author reconstructs the background and intellectual milieu out of which the Fourth Gospel may be supposed to have taken shape. He then defines as precisely as possible the leading concepts that may be said to have determined the structure and arrangement of the book as we have it. The result is a massive achievement, and no serious student of the New Testament can afford to ignore this study's findings. The Interpretation of the Fourth Gospel represents the culmination of a lifetime's reflection on its subject by one of this century's most distinguished New Testament scholars, and will continue to stimulate and provoke generations of readers.

Commentary Details:

  • Paperback: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (May 1, 1968)
  • Language: English, Greek
  • ISBN-10: 0521095174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521095174
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches

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