There are many types of commentaries some are focused at the scholar, some are aimed at pastor some are aimed at the laymen. Some are very technical, some serve merely as introductions. 1 and 2 Thessalonians by Eugene Boring is a mid-range commentary and aimed the pastor. This commentary is part of the New Testament Library (NTL) series published by Westminster John Knox press, a series which is critical yet has some overtly Evangelical points in them. Boring who is a renowned scholar in his own right, has written a commendable commentary on 1st and 2nd Thessalonians.
This work is invaluable tool and highly sought-after since 1st and 2nd Thessalonians is not a book of the Bible in which commentaries are usually written about. With that said this volume in the New Testament Library series is one of the most highly respected volumes has been written for the series. Boring highly respected skills as a scholar or on full display in this volume. His thoroughness and his attention to detail demonstrates his value as a scholar. One section of note is his introduction to first Thessalonians, where he spends many pages diving into the context of this biblical book reader sees the book sees as the proper context.
While I do disagree with boring on the proper context in some instances, such as Paul’s words and his use and justification, boring Wright’s clear and bold. Well I may not agree with all of his conclusions either there are some points I found myself understand his position better because of his throat and well-researched argument. Well I would caution against this commentary because it’s intended audience is morally I would encourage pastors to read this commentary on 1st 2nd Thessalonians so that I brought understanding of the position held by this scholar might be gained by reading a truly great work.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Westminster John Knox in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
I & II Thessalonians: A Commentary (NTL)
© 2015 by Eugene Boring
Publisher: Westminster John Knox
Page Count: 400 Pages