Publisher Broadman & Holman
Mark Taylor’s commentary on 1 Corinthians looks at Paul’s missionary journey to Corinth where he planted a church and nurtured the new believers for approximately eighteen months. Taylor pays careful attention to the nuances of the English translation (NIV), the Greek text, and the units of meaning that are vital to interpreting this letter. He presents with clarity the range of scholarly opinion regarding the issues in 1 Corinthians and then makes a case for his own views.
This book appears in the following featured collections.
- Ultimate Commentary Collection - NT Expositional by John Glynn
Taylor's commentary in the NAC series is a very helpful starting point for studying 1 Corinthians. It is especially strong on social/ historical background and on following the flow of argument throughout the letter. Taylor regularly insists that particular sections be read in light of the whole argument Paul presents. Taylor interacts with the major commentaries on 1 Corinthians and regularly points the reader to more thorough discussions on issues, making this an ideal first stop for pastors. Taylor writes with clarity and humility, acknowledging where a decision is difficult. My one critique is that, at times, Taylor lays out the exegetical options without evaluating them. I found myself wanting a little more assessment. However, because Taylor's footnotes are so thorough, one can easily find what one needs in the more robust exegetical commentaries he interacts with. This commentary presents a high view of Scripture and will be very useful for pastors preparing to teach this book. It balances thoroughness and conciseness very well, making it digestible for a busy pastor needing reliable scholarship and help. B & H provided me a free review copy with no expectation of a positive review.