My Recommended Reading List (Commentaries)

I only own commentaries that focus on the epistles of Paul. I'm not much of a reader of the Gospels (though I love Luke). So this list will only grow. I will offer the list in canonical order with some small commentary. This list is not intended as exhaustive.

- ROMANS -

James D.G. Dunn -- Romans 1-8, 9-16 (Word Biblical Commentary)

This two volume work is, really, the premiere New Perspective textbook on Romans. Dunn is the type of New Testament scholar that can make you cheer "amen!" in one paragraph and "aphron!" in another (Greek: fool, idiot). His section on ch. 9-11 are worth the price of admission. He is very committed to the Old Testament and Paul's Jewish background, and it shows.

Ben Witherington III -- Paul's Letter to the Romans: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

Witherington's main emphasis is on, well, rhetoric. It shows. He examines the ancient art form and applies it to Paul's most discussed (sadly!) epistle. He comes to some interesting conclusions, arguing against the Reformed reading of Romans 9 and against universalism in Romans 5. Helpful.

- 1 CORINTHIANS -

Anthony Thiselton -- The First Epistle to the Corinthians (NIGTC)

David Garland -- 1 Corinthians (Baker Exegetical Commentary)

Gordon D. Fee -- The First Epistle to the Corinthians [revised] (NICNT) 

Richard B. Hays -- First Corinthians (Interpretation)

- 2 CORINTHIANS -


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