Pastoral Epistlesby I. Howard Marshall, Philip H. Towner
Pub. Date: 11/01/2000
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
For over one hundred years, the International Critical Commentary series has held a special place among works on the Bible. It has sought to bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis linguistic and textual no less than archaeological, historical, literary and theologicalwith a level of comprehension and quality of scholarship unmatched by any
For over one hundred years, the International Critical Commentary series has held a special place among works on the Bible. It has sought to bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis linguistic and textual no less than archaeological, historical, literary and theologicalwith a level of comprehension and quality of scholarship unmatched by any other series.
No attempt has been made to secure a uniform theological or critical approach to the biblical text: contributors have been invited for their scholarly distinction, not for their adherence to any one school of thought. The first paperback editions to be published cover the heart of the New Testament, providing a wealth of information and research in accessible and attractive format.
Table of Contents
Preface Abbreviations and Bibliography Introduction The Letter to Titus The First Letter to Timothy The Second Letter to Timothy List of Excursuses Indexes.
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When I first got this long awaited addition to the ICC series, I was suprised to find that it is quite a bit easier to read than most others in this series. It is obvious that Dr. Marshall and the ICC editors intended it to be more user-friendly. I like the format and the size of the print. It is bound nicely, which is one of the reasons for the outrageous price. Dr. Marshall accompished this work in collaboration with Dr. Phillip Towner of Regent College. Towner has spent a good deal of his career in the Pastoral Epistles and I am looking forward to the release of his work on these letters in the NICNT series. One of the negative aspects of this work (in my view), is Marshall's denial of Pauline authorship. I found his arguments unconvincing (especially after reading Knight and Mounce on Pauline authorship of the PE), and it seems to me that Marshall is too inclined to accept the consensus of liberal scholarship on this matter (e.g., Dibelius and Conzelmann). Nevertheless, there is much gold to be mined in this work. Dr. Marshall is a brilliant man who is obviously 'mighty in the scriptures.' The introduction is excellent and the exegesis is thorough and lucid. If you can afford it, you should get it and use it along with Knight, Mounce and Fee. Dr. Marshall tells us in his preface; 'The chief aim has been the understanding of the flow of the argument and the exposition of the theology which it enshrines, so that the message of the letters emerges with all desirable clarity. At the same time I have commented in some detail on Greek syntax for the benefit of students who may appreciate all the help that they can get with the text. Organising the mass of material in what is now called a user-friendly manner has not been easy....' Well, I am grateful for Dr. Marshall's successful effort. This is a work that abounds with careful thought and helpful insights. I must rank it along side of Knight and Mounce.