By Craig S. Keener

Craig Keener is a prolific evangelical author, and his commentaries are often thought of classics. yet one in every of his weaknesses is that he occasionally concentration an excessive amount of at the cultural and social environment of the textual content and he forgets to expound what the textual content is really saying.
In a observation that's this brief, i used to be hoping for an exposition that speedy will get to the guts of what the textual content is announcing, specially simply because Keener is getting ready a miles greater paintings on those epistles, and so I figured he may possibly whittle that down right into a compelling, digestible format.
But such isn't the case. back, Craig falls into the behavior of giving us circumstantial info and never sufficient exposition of the particular textual content. it really is telling while the main tremendous exposition within the e-book (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) is available in the shape of a "closer glance" part instead of within the physique of the e-book the place it belongs.
Actually, the two Corinthians part of this booklet has extra compelling exposition than 1 Corinthians, for my part. i love this New Cambridge remark sequence simply because a number of the volumes do a superb activity of revealing the text's that means and not using a lot of verbiage (Witherington on Revelation and Arnold on Genesis, for example).
But this one will depart you hungering for extra.

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Cf. “power” in Acts 8:10. , Xenophon Mem. 12; Musonius Rufus 15, p. 98, lines 5–6; Philostratus Hrk. 25; Eunapius 462. xml CB864/Keener 0 521 83462 7 1 Corinthians 1:18–25: God’s Foolishness and Human Wisdom April 28, 2005 29 with people’s response to God’s wisdom (1 En. 5:8; 98:3; 99:10; 2 Bar. 51:7), Paul links them with response to the cross (1:18). 35 Jesus’ preaching of the kingdom, once offered in Jerusalem, would appear as a challenge to the Sadducees and potentially to Rome itself; to suspicious ears, the message of the cross was not only the folly of a dead and defeated leader but treasonous advocacy of a would-be usurper of the emperor’s majesty.

Gordon P. Wiles, Paul’s Intercessory Prayers: The Significance of the Intercessory Prayer Passages in the Letters of St. Paul, SNTSMS 24 (Cambridge: Cambridge University, 1974), 25–29. For such blessings of “mercy and peace,” see 2 Bar. 78:2–3. xml CB864/Keener 22 0 521 83462 7 April 28, 2005 1 Corinthians 1:4–9: Paul Thanks God for the Corinthian Christians Christians) invoked not only “God our Father” for a blessing (as in Judaism) but also “our Lord Jesus Christ” (1:3). These letters thus open with a recognition of Jesus’ deity in some sense (spelled out in 8:5–6; cf.

Winter, Philo and Paul among the Sophists (SNTSMS 96; Cambridge: Cambridge University, 1997), 170–76; idem, After Paul Left Corinth: The Influence of Secular Ethics and Social Change (Grand Rapids, Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2001), 34–40. xml CB864/Keener 26 0 521 83462 7 April 28, 2005 1 Corinthians 1:13–17: Not a Gospel about Preachers 1:13–17: NOT A GOSPEL ABOUT PREACHERS 1:13: Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 1:14: I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 1:15: so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name.

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