Martin Luther said that to understand Scripture, the first books to read are Romans, the Gospel of John, and--surprisingly--1 Peter. Doriani shows us why. In seventeen always solid and often brilliant chapters, he holds this epistolary jewel up to the light and convincingly conveys the beauty there. Doriani deftly deploys the understanding of a seasoned scholar, the wisdom of a longtime pastor, and the reverence of a committed disciple. We hear afresh from the man whose name meant "rock" about Jesus, who calls us to walk in his suffering but saving steps.
What a breath of fresh commentary air! Reading Dan Dorianis contribution to the REC series was like sitting in a lush garden filled with the fruit of seasoned scholarship, the hope of the everlasting gospel, and the implications of Gods transforming grace. My other ten commentaries on 1 Peter will now have to vie for second on my list of favorites. Pastors and teachers, mature believers, and brand-new Christians will all greatly benefit from Dans work in explaining the text and making applications to real life.
Among the large number of expositions of 1 Peter, this REC commentary stands out. It is exemplary in its careful handling of the text, theological robustness, and fresh writing. Unsurprisingly from the author of Putting the Truth to Work, which is the best treatment available on application, this exposition of 1 Peter is loaded with the best kind of application: faithful to the text, reflective, never forced, often telling.