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Great Help on the Pastorals!
March 21, 2017
This book, edited by Andreas Kostenberger and Terry Wilder, collects 12 scholarly articles on the Pastoral Epistles. They cover matters similar to what you might find in the introduction of a major commentary and discussions of theological issues. The editors provide the first two articles while the others are provided by other scholars who have a good background in the Pastoral Epistles.
You will likely find some articles more interesting than others, just as I did, as a matter of personal interest. For example, Im so convinced that the books in the New Testament are written by those theyre attributed to, that I find a discussion of pseudonymity pointless. Still, if thats your thing, youll find a good article about it here.
I found the article that describes the stewardship theme of the Pastoral Epistles to be very interesting, as was the one on cohesion and structure. There is good coverage of Christology and the prevalence of salvation found in these letters. One of the very best articles was the one on ecclesiology as there are so many local church issues discussed in the Pastoral Epistles. Paul Wolfe has an article that exegetes several of the more debated versus in these epistles. In addition to ethics and mission in the pastoral epistles, well-known scholar Howard Marshall gives a detailed overview of all the recent literature on these epistles (since 1998).
This book accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do. The contributors are more conservative and the scholarship more dependable than many such books. This book is important in any major scholarly study of the Pastoral Epistles.
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This book has helped me understand what Paul was telling young Timothy in the two books. I am using it to do a sermon series on 1 & 2 Timothy. I am a lay preacher. The writers offer a welath of knowledge that is hard to find. I highly recommend this book for any one wanting to understand these two Espistles wheather pastoral or lay. This book deserves two thimbs up.