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While based on a thorough study of the Greek text, the commentary introductions and expositions contain a minimum of Greek references. The NICNT authors evaluate significant textual problems and take into account the most important exegetical literature. More technical aspects such as grammatical, textual, and historical problems are dealt with in footnotes, special notes, and appendixes.
Under the general editorship of three outstanding New Testament scholars first Ned Stonehouse (Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia), then F. F. Bruce (University of Manchester, England), and now Gordon D. Fee (Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia) the NICNT series has continued to develop over the years. In order to keep the commentary “new” and conversant with contemporary scholarship, the NICNT volumes have been and will be revised or replaced as necessary.
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|Publisher:||Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company|
|Series:||New International Commentary on the New Testament Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.68(d)|
About the Author
Paul Barnett is visiting fellow in ancient history at MacquarieUniversity, Sydney, Australia, and teaching fellow in biblicalstudies at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Paul Barnett is a gifted exegete and this commentary is an excellent addition to the NICNT series. This is the most thorough treatment of 2 Corinthians that I have read. Barnett has spent many years in this epistle and it shows in his knowledge of background details and in the exegesis. His regular interaction with Victor Furnish was very helpful, since Furnish's expertise is Greco-Roman background. I found Barnett's defense of the unity of the epistle to be very convincing. However, I found the need to look to Barnett's predecessor, Philip Edgcumbe Hughes, at a number of points in the text of 2 Corinthians for a fuller explanation. The most notable is 5:18-21, where I think Barnett falls short on a thorough explanation of that marvelous passage. Barnett excels in word studies and interaction with other commentators in the word studies in this passage, but fails to give the kind of attention to explanation that I find in Hughes' work. I also thought that Barnett could have dealt with the differences in the Arminian and Calvinist interpretation of 5:14-21. Having said that, I should say that this work is by no means short on theology. There is a pastoral warmth to this commentary that is missing in Furnish, Thrall and Martin. I think that this is especially helpful in dealing with a large part of 2 Corinthians, since Paul is struggling with issues related to his beloved congregation in Corinth and with the hardships he faced as one called by God to the work of ministry. Barnett really helped me to better understand the full-orbed meaning of the epistle and its relation to 1 Corinthians. Overall, this is a great work. Dr. Barnett's work should be appreciated by all who love God's Word.