. I & II CORINTHIANS (The New Century Bible Commentary), by F. F. Bruce; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1981; 262 pp., $6.95. (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko.)
This is another volume in the New Century Bible Commentary series of which Ronald E. Clements and Matthew Black are General Editors.
Because F. F. Bruce is a noted and gifted Biblical scholar, this commentary is also one of the better ones in the series. It is written, generally speaking, from a theologically conservative viewpoint and is sound in its exposition. It has some good introductory material in it through which Bruce introduces the two epistles treated to the readers. With all this introductory material we cannot agree. Bruce, e.g., claims that there were probably four separate letters which Paul wrote to the Corinthians and two or three separate visits after the stay in Corinth during which the congregation was organized. Perhaps the greatest weakness of this commentary (as well as most of the commentaries in this series) is its brevity. One can easily imagine that a treatment of two rather lengthy epistles in 250 pages (including fairly lengthy introductions to each epistle) must, in the nature of the case, be almost too brief to be helpful. Its greatest use will be in preparation for society study if one wants a quick and brief, over-all view of a section or chapter. But it would be well to study the text with another commentary besides this one.