19 Best 1 Corinthians Commentaries You Must Read First

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1) The First Epistle to the Corinthians (New International Greek Testament Commentary)



The 13 volume New International Greek Testament Commentary series was established on the presupposition that the theological character of the New Testament documents calls for exegesis that is sensitive to theological themes as well as to the details of the historical, linguistic, and textual context. Hence, authors make their own scholarly contributions to the ongoing study of the biblical text. The text on which these commentaries are based is the UBS Greek New Testament, edited by Kurt Aland and others. In the 1 Corinthians volume Anthony Thiselton presents his own careful translation of the Greek and applies the messages found in the text to issues today.


2) Corinthians 1 (Focus on the Bible)


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The 41 volume Focus on the Bible Commentaries are written by top evangelical scholars and pastors. They are designed to be readable for ordinary Christians, reliable for in-depth study of the Bible, and relevant for daily Christian life. For each section of the Bible, these accessible commentaries summarize the passage of Scripture (including the intentions of the authors), the historical and cultural environment, and the questions and issues raised by a particular passage. Corinthians 1 is written by Paul Barnett.


3) 1 and 2 Corinthians (Geneva Series of Commentaries)



Scholar, educator, churchman, and distinguished American Presbyterian theologian Charles Hodge penned 1 and 2 Corinthians for the Geneva Series of Commentaries. This is a lively study, easily accessible to the lay reader as well as the seminarian. His style of theological discourse continues to surpass many that are more contemporary.


4) The First Epistle to Corinthians (Black’s New Testament Commentary)



Since its appearance nearly 35 years ago, Black’s New Testament Commentary Series has been hailed by both scholars and pastors for its insightful interpretations and reliable commentary. Each book in the series includes: an insightful introduction to the important historical, literary, and theological issues; key terms and phrases from the translation highlighted in the commentary where they are discussed; explanations of special Greek or foreign terms; references to important primary and secondary literature; and a Scripture index.


5) 1 Corinthians (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (IVP Numbered))



The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking world, the 20 volume Tyndale New Testament Commentaries are a trusted resource for Bible study. They are written by some of the world’s most distinguished evangelical scholars and offer clear, reliable and relevant explanations of every book in the New Testament. The introduction to each Tyndale volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. Tyndale commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. Additionally, it comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. Leon Morris writes an insightful volume on 1 Corinthians here.


6) Strengthening Christ’s Church: The Message of 1 Corinthians


Roger Ellsworth wrote Strengthening Christ’s Church: The Message of 1 Corinthians for EP BOOKS in 1995.


7) The Message of 1 Corinthians (Bible Speaks Today)


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The Message of 1 Corinthians is part of the Bible Speaks Today commentary series which embraces a three-prong approach to commentaries: expound the biblical text with accuracy, relate it to contemporary life and to readable. Each contributor in this series is both a noted scholar and a working pastor. In ancient Greece this phrase was an insult cast at vagrants, drunkards and sexual deviates. David Prior is the contributor for 1 Corinthians.

8) Holman New Testament Commentary – 1 & 2 Corinthians



Max Anders edits the Holman New Testament Commentary. This twelve volume set uses verse-by-verse commentary to explain biblical text based on conservative scholarship. The series is designed to enrich new and experienced Bible teachers and those who have passion for spreading the gospel. Each chapter begins with an introduction and ends with an overview of what was studied, a section on modern-day life applications and deeper discoveries, a teaching outline and discussion questions. Each commentary uses the New International Version and contains a glossary and bibliography. Richard L. Jr. Pratt writes 1 & 2 Corinthians.


9) 1 Corinthians (The NIV Application Commentary)


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Craig L Blomberg –  distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary – shares perspectives on 1 Corinthians that shows ageless truths for our modern lives in this NIV Application Commentary. NIV Application Commentaries have three sections in each chapter: a textual analysis, a section bridging the ancient to the modern, and then modern applications. This top commentary is a must have for anyone who seriously wants to apply the Word of God to modern application.


10) 1 and 2 Corinthians (New Century Bible)



The New Century Bible Commentary Series published this short (approx. 200 pages) but well written commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians in 1980. This volume was penned by the late F. F. Bruce who was Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester in England.


11) The First Letter to the Corinthians (The Pillar New Testament Commentary (PNTC))



The 15 volume Pillar New Testament Commentary is designed both for serious students and for general readers of the Bible. The authors provide rigorous exegesis and exposition and contemporary relevance of the Bible. The New International Version is the translation of choice for the English text, the authors base their exposition on the Greek New Testament.  Roy Ciampa and Brian Rosner look at 1 Corinthians in this top Corinthians commentary.

12) Epsc 1 Corinthians (Ep Study Commmentary Series)


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The Evangelical Press (Ep) Study Commentary is 22 volumes of the best in biblical exposition from some of the most notable evangelical Reformed scholars. This series is aimed at the minister, theologian, layman, and serious student. While comprehensive in scope, the volumes are practical and straightforward and each author presents a careful analysis of the biblical text. The 1 Corinthians volume is presented by Peter Naylor.

13) 1-2 Corinthians (New Cambridge Bible Commentary)


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The New Cambridge Bible Commentary is a collection of exegetical volumes widely read and studied in the 1960s and 1970s. It strives to elucidate the Hebrew and Christian scriptures for a wide audience. Commentaries are academically rigorous with the assumption the reader has a great deal of specialized theological knowledge or high command of Hebrew, Aramaic, or biblical Greek. This series showcases scholarly research over the last three decades and builds upon many of the advances in theory and theology produced in universities and seminaries during the last thirty years. Craig Keener analyzes 1 and 2 Corinthians.


14) 1 Corinthians (IVP New Testament Commentary Series)



The 20 volume IVP New Testament Commentary Series offers clear, scholarly presentations of the heart of each New Testament author’s message, coupled with helpful attention to tough exegetical issues. The series diverse contributors represent a wide range of theological traditions. Overall, they are committed to applying the unchanging message of the New Testament to the ever-changing world in which we live. Features include: useful summaries of principal themes, a unique format that expounds the text in uninterrupted form on the upper portion of each page while dealing with other issues underneath in verse-keyed notes and a social studies note system that keys references to the bibliography. The 1 Corinthians volume is written by Alan F. Johnson.


15) 1 Corinthians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)




David E. Garland pens 1 Corinthians for the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.  The 18 volume, highly accessible Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series is known for its thoughtful scholarship for studying pastors and its readability for lay people. Authors include a wide variety of scholars from differing theological persuasions who investigate a variety of viewpoints. Each volume contains the original Greek words as well as the corresponding transliterated and translated phrases.


16) Conflict and Community in Corinth: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians



Ben Witherington provides an unprecedented commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians in Conflict and Community in Corinth: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians.  Witherington utlizes an exegetical method informed by both sociological insight and rhetorical analysis. This book includes 21 black-and-white photos and illustrations.


17) 1 Corinthians (New Testament Commentary)


This book by Simon J. Kistemaker was written for Baker Academic in 1997. It’s part of the New Testament Commentary series which Hendriksen began. Since Hendriksen’s death in 1982, the series has been continued by Kistemaker. In 2001 the series was completed with the publication of Revelation.


18) 1 Corinthians (Concordia Commentary)


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Gregory J. Lockwood writes 1 Corinthians for Concordia Commentary.  The 26 volume Concordia Commentaries give a theological exposition of Scripture. The authors are sensitive to Scripture’s rich treasury of language, imagery, and themes and pay careful attention to the original Hebrew and Greek. Additionally, the authors and shed further light on the text from archaeology, history, and extra-biblical literature and apply Scripture’s message to today.


19) Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set)


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Calvin’s Commentaries are a 22 volume timeless set of texts by John Calvin – the French theologian and pastor of Geneva who was one of the principal 16th-century Reformers. Calvin’s commentaries display a unique combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. This is a massive and classic collection on both Old and New Testament books with over 22,000 pages in total. Features include: advanced searching by passage and topic, passage guides and reports, sermon preparation and more.



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