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The Epistles of 2 Corinthians and 1 Peter: Newly Discovered Commentaries represents the third volume from The Lightfoot Legacy, a three-volume set of previously unpublished material from J. B. Lightfoot, one of the great biblical scholars of the modern era. In the spring of 2013, Ben Witherington III discovered hundreds of pages of biblical commentary by Lightfoot in the Durham Cathedral Library. While incomplete, these commentaries represent a goldmine for historians and biblical scholars, as well as for the many people who have found Lightfoot's work both informative and edifying, deeply learned and pastorally sensitive.
In addition to the material on the Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel of St. John, published in volumes one and two, respectively, there were fragments on 2 Corinthians and 1 Peter. Lightfoot was well known as a Pauline expert given his commentaries on Galatians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon, and fragments of his work on Romans, 1 Corinthians, Ephesians, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians were published posthumously. It is therefore a delight to have his notes on 2 Corinthians available for the first time. Lightfoot was also interested in the life and work of Peter. The introduction to his commentary on 1 Peter provides insightful analysis of the chronology and context of the epistle. Lightfoot seeks to demonstrate that Peter knew Paul's work and that these two great apostles were in harmony regarding theology and ethics.
Now complete, these three commentary volumes reveal a scholar well ahead of his time, one of the great minds of his or any generation.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)|
Series: Lightfoot Legacy
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"The discovery of hitherto unknown exegetical works by J. B. Lightfoot is a rare gift, full of potential for fresh insight both about the man himself (acknowledged worldwide as the leading scholar of his day) and, as he would have wished, about texts which he knew so well and which themselves express the heart of the gospel. Hearty congratulations to finder, editor and publisher on an unexpected and exciting addition to the core library of seminal biblical studies."
—N. T. Wright, University of St. Andrews, former Bishop of Durham
"From Bede, the greatest European scholar of the seventh century, to today's world-class university sharing a world heritage site with a majestic cathedral, creative and careful study has long stood alongside prayer and worship here in Durham. It is therefore fitting that this amazing discovery of Lightfoot's handwritten manuscripts was made by one of the world's leading biblical scholars in the cathedral library. For within these pages, Lightfoot embodies that Durham traditionoutstanding independent scholarship offered humbly in the service of God."
—David Wilkinson, Durham University
"The work of J. B. Lightfoot, along with that of his close collaborators B. F. Westcott and F. J. A. Hort, remains of landmark significance to contemporary New Testament studies. The editors and their assistants are to be thanked and congratulated for their labors in bringing to publication these previously unpublished notes on 2 Corinthians and 1 Peter, along with various essays by and about Lightfoot. These materials will be of interest to all who work on the historical interpretation of these letters and on the history of their interpretation."
—David G. Horrell, professor of New Testament studies, director, Centre for Biblical Studies, University of Exeter
cbcarter5 Stars Out Of 5fond timesMarch 8, 2017cbcarterQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5anytime you want to read scholarly work pertaining to the Greek, it would be hard to find anything better than one from Lightfoot. Reminds me of the old days, when scholars actually tried to do exegesis, not eisegesis.
SnickerdoodleSarahGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Useful collection of worksDecember 24, 2016SnickerdoodleSarahGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is quite an eclectic collection of works by J. B. Lightfoot. It includes two (both to some degree incomplete)commentaries , one on 2 Corinthians and the other on 1 Peter, and five lectures/sermons/essays by Lightfoot as appendices. You get quite a bit of content in this volume.
The Commentaries in this book are unfinished/incomplete, but you still get a good deal to work with. There is an editor's introduction at the beginning of the book that presents an interesting look at the production of this book and the discovery of the 'lost' writings of Lightfoot, as well as bit of info on Lightfoot's life, scholarship and some of his method of writing commentaries. I particularly liked to see it pointed out that Lightfoot was a stickler for context, James D. G. Dunn is quoted in the book as saying, "time and again Lightfoot 'clearly demonstrates the importance of reading a historical text within its historical context, that the meaning of a text does not arise out of the text alone, but out of the text read in context and that the original context and intention of the author is a determinative and controlling factor in what may be read or heard from a text'"
Next in the book comes the 2 Corinthians section, starting with a sort of historical look/critique of Paul's life and the dating of his letters. 2 Corinthians is then broken down into sections, mostly as chapters, but at times the chapters are divided. At the beginning of some of the sections is a paraphrase of the texts to be dealt with, (apparently composed by Lightfoot himself), next comes a section dealing with textual issues for various verses in the passage and lastly commentary on the text itself(which also includes some textual criticism). The commentary on 2 Corinthians basically ends at chapter 11 (though even that chapter only has a few notes on some textual issues for that chapter.
Then comes 1 Peter, which, though divided by chapter, it does not have textual critical commentary separate from the regular interpretative commentary, rather it is interspersed throughout the commentary.
There is a good deal of useful commentary on 2 Corinthians and 1 Peter in this book, despite their unfinished form. Some verses have more notes than others, and some verses don't have any commentary at all, but I still think that the many notes that are here would be of use. It is very scholarly, there is much quotation of the Greek and a good deal of analyzing of various texts, and specific words within verses. I find it rather amusing that Lightfoot has no hesitation in pointing out errors in translation in the English version of the Bible (frankly stating "E.V. is wrongor graciously conceding that, "E.V. not unaccountably wrong") , and he also critiques the views of other commentators on certain passages, again, often with no qualms about stating their wrongness very bluntly.
I've found that he has some very interesting thoughts/insights on some of the passages, for instance part of his comments on 2 Corinthians 3: vs. 18 (Paul speaking of how we Christians contemplate the Lord's glory with unveiled faces and are transformed) read thus, "This transformation is what is called elsewhere ' putting on Christ' (Rom 13:14( what is spoken of in Gal 4:19 as Christ being formed in us (here he quotes the Greek) But this transformation is not sudden, the change is gradual. We advance from one grade of glory to a higher one. The glory on Moses; face faded away each time as he left the presence of the Lord and had to be renewed again; but with us it is different. We are constantly in His sight, and so instead of the reflected brightness which is coming and going, it is ever becoming more and more bright, i.e. more and more like the image from which it is reflected - Christ himself."
After the 2 Peter section come the Appendixes, Appendix A being, "The Mission of Titus to the Corinthians", Appendix B "St. Paul's Preparation for the Ministry", Appendix C, "The Letter Killeth, But the Spirit Giveth Life", Appendix D, "Lessons From the Cradle of Christianity", Appendix E, "The Christian Ministry" and Appendix F., "J. B. Lightfoot as Biblical Commentator". Many of these essays are very interesting, though I found the section on the Mission of Titus to the Corinthians rather boring, but that's simply because that topic does not interest me at the moment. I especially liked sections of the "lessons of History from the Cradle of Christianity", particularly Lightfoot's Critique of Philo. One flaw in particular that was noted about Philo was his tendency impose allegory upon the Scriptures and even history, "The facts to him were meaningless except so far as he could extract from them a series of allegories, indeed sometimes even denying the facts themselves" That statement seems to fit well in describing some of today's popular methods of preaching.
Overall, I think that this is a good and useful collection of works to own, the editors did a good job of putting it together.
Many thanks to the folks at Intervarsity Press for sending me a free review copy of this book (my review did not have to be favorable)
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Nice Volume!December 7, 2016Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This unique book finishes IVPs The Lightfoot Legacy Set of the recently discovered unpublished writings of J. B. Lightfoot. If you ever peruse used book listings you will see just how popular his commentaries have been for many years. The book has a gorgeous cover and is, to my mind, as much a collectible item for those who are assembling fairly complete libraries as it is a usable commentary.
On the negative side, you really couldnt call the portion on either 2 Corinthians or 1 Peter a complete commentary. There is a good bit of untranslated Greek as well. His disdain for the Textus Receptus is palpable too. Still, his logical mind is really good in many places. For example, he makes careful arguments on the chronology of Paul and takes some colleagues to task for carelessness. I wouldnt agree with all his conclusions, but find interacting with him quite helpful.
Other things are added to this volume that makes it even more valuable. There is an expanded rendition of his justly famous The Christian Ministry. The volume concludes with some nice articles by others that have appeared on Lightfoot himself.
If you already have the first two in this series, you will definitely want this one as it is of equal value. The set is a nice one too.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.