First Corinthians, by Gordon H. Clark; The Trinity Foundation, 1991 ; 349 pp., $10.95, (paper). [Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko. ]
Gordon Clark has written a short, but orthodox, commentary on Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians. It is a worthwhile work and is helpful in a study of this difficult part of Scripture. It can be used with profit by ministers who are preaching from this book, but also by any of God’s people who are studying I Corinthians in their societies, their homes, or their personal Bible study.
It is a typical work of Clark: it is brief and to the point; its emphasis is on the objective thought without much consideration of homiletics or application; it contains an excursus here and there on a subject related to the text (e.g., Clark includes a section on eschatology in connection with his explanation of I Corinthians 15 and a section on wisdom in connection with chapter 2).
When the text is clear as to meaning, Clark offers no comment. When the text is difficult, Clark presents various views, but offers no explanation himself, persuaded that no good explanation can be made. Usually he does this when, in his judgment, some historical data or allusions are lacking in the text. The reader will find examples of this in his treatment of the difficult passage in I Corinthians 15:29: “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?” The same is true of I Corinthians 11:4-7.
The reader will find the commentary helpful.