God’s inspired, inherent, and infallible Word is something that we must study and interpret. Yet, during the Middle Ages the exegesis of Holy Scripture became lax, yet when the Protestant Reformation began it brought about a resurgence in exegesis. This exegesis came from that of Reformers such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, Thomas Cromwell, and many others. To read all of the works of these excellent expositors would have previously necessitated you to purchase thousands of dollars in commentaries and treatise works, just to get their theological interpretation of a few specific passages. Furthermore some of these works are not only expensive, and cumbersome but hard to find. Thankfully this is no longer the case.
Recently IVP Academic has published a new series of commentaries called the Reformation Commentary on Scripture. This commentary series edited by Timothy George gathers together a variety of reformation era works concentrated around a specific book of the Holy Scripture. This work is an excellently produced commentary on Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. As series editor George has again outdone himself. With this volume he has enlisted the aid Scott M. Manetsch, to edit this specific commentary, who brought together some of the finsest works of the entire span of the Reformation era. It is a wonderful compilation in which the most notable theological insights into 1st Corinthians are on full display.
As with all commentaries in the Reformation Commentary on Scripture series, the introductory matters are largely kept to a minimum and while there is no verse by verse exposition, the section by section approach is still a worthwhile technique containing excerpts from famous works by different Reformation era scholars. That is why I recommend this text to any pastor, scholar, or laymen as a teaching aid.
This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
1st Corinthians: Reformation Commentary on Scripture
© 2017 by Scott M. Manetsch
Publisher: IVP Academic
Page Count: 570 Pages