Winner of the 2004 Christianity Today Award of Merit in the Biblical Studies category! Rich in implications for congregational life and practice, 1 Corinthians remains among Paul's most important and controversial epistles. Garland's accessible new volume in the preacher-friendly Baker Exegetical Commentary offers verse-by-verse insight into this complex book. Combining careful research with an able grasp of the issues confronting Paul's Greco-Roman readers, Garland interacts with other commentators and includes extensive notes.
Paul's first letter to the Corinthians is one of the most important epistles in the New Testament. David Garland's thoughtful new commentary draws on extensive research and engages the best of contemporary scholarship while providing a readable study that will be accessible to thoughtful readers as well as students, pastors, and scholars. After considering the context of the letter and the social and cultural setting of Corinth, Garland turns to his exegetical work. An introduction to each major unit of thought is followed by the author's own translation of the Greek text. In the course of his verse-by-verse commentary, he incorporates references to other ancient writings that help explain particular aspects of Paul's meaning or provide information on the social and cultural context. He also refers to the work of other commentators and provides extensive notes for further reading and research.
David E. Garland (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate dean for academic affairs and professor of New Testament at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University. He has authored a number of books, including commentaries on Mark and Colossians/Philemon for the NIVAC series, 2 Corinthians for the NAC series, Reading Matthew, and a forthcoming introduction to Paul. He is also the New Testament editor of the revised Expositor's Bible Commentary.