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June 9, 2017
The Zondervan Exegetical Commentary is quickly becoming one of my favorite commentary series. The format is ideal for pastors or students and easy to follow. It yields great insight from the type of work scholars do and good theology that you might expect from a pastor. Dont let the Greek scare you off as the English is always nearby and all arguments can be followed without difficulty.
Thessalonians is given treatment by scholar Gary Shogren. His Introduction begins with an exciting portrait of the birth of the Thessalonian church and the events of Pauls ministry surrounding it. The description of Thessalonica is vividly told. A few pages in he even described life in that church and it felt like you were there. His telling of the treatment of Jews there further brought it to life.
He took on critical issues next and well described what has been believed. He was more generous than I could have been toward some of them, but you gained an awareness of the swirling of the scholarly world on Thessalonians. His own conclusions were conservative.
Some may not like his section on eschatology. Of course theres enough eschatology in it that any commentator will have to disappoint somebody, but he was a little harsh toward those who believe in a pre-tribulational rapture. That section is followed by a detailed outline and a select bibliography.
The commentary was good as Shrogen obviously felt comfortable with the distinct ZECNT style. You will not find it shallow.
I recommend this to pastors and students seeking real help on Thessalonians.
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I found Shogren's commentary on 1 & 2 Thessalonians to be a delight read. Shogren models the difference between being technical and being a mere technician. A mere technician is one who is able to dissect and analyze but is not able to demonstrate how accurate analysis leads to anything significant. On the other hand, one can be technical in a very helpful way. What makes Shogren's contribution to 1 & 2 Thessalonians so necessary is that he delves into the technicalities of the text without leaving the reader there--a rare find in modern day Christian scholarship. This commentary is chalked full of practical, pastoral, and theological insights. Nonetheless, these insights are not plucked out of thin air. Shogren demonstrates how these down to earth truths flow right out of a close analysis of the text. I highly recommend it to anyone wishing to discern the voice of God in the text of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. I believe that pastors especially will find this commentary to be helpful on both the technical and pastoral level. If you read through this commentary prayerfully with an open Bible you will find your head stimulated and your heart challenged and satisfied.