Ronald Fung is the author of the Galatians volume in the New International Commentary on the New Testament series.
This commentary was begun through the cooperation of New Testament scholars in Europe, South Africa and America under the general editorial direction of the late Dr. Ned Stonehouse, Professor of New Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.
The commentary is being brought to completion under the direction of F. F. Bruce, Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis, University of Mancester, England.
The several volumes already published have come to be regarded by ministers and scholars as authoritative works that will give direction to conservative New Testament scholarship for years to come, fulfilling the need for a commentary “which, while conversant with the modern critical assaults, draws from the scripture the ancient faith.”
Serving the interests of both pastor and scholar, the introductions and expositions proper are written exclusively in English.
They are, however, based on a thorough study of the Greek text. Textual problems especially significant for the interpreter are evaluated, and the most important exegetical literature is taken into account.
Supplementing the exposition, the more technical aspects, including grammatical, textual and historical problems, appear in footnotes and special notes or appendices.
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“Here is a rare exegetical feast, combining careful grammatical analysis, balanced judgment on debatable issues, and full notes that reflect acquaintance with a wide range of scholarly literature. It is exciting to have from the pen of an outstanding Chinese New Testament scholar such a splendid commentary that will deservedly take its place alongside the standard commentaries in English by Lightfoot, Burton, Betz, and Bruce.” — Murray J. Harris, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“Dr. Fung writes in a beautifully clear and simple style with careful attention to detail. Here is sound scholarship and reverent exegesis which will greatly enhanced the distinguished series in which it appears.” — I. Howard Marshall, professor emeritus of New Testament exegesis, University of Aberdeen
“This expert and lucid commentary on Galatians will be a very valuable resource to all students grappling with the interpretation of Galatians and with recent scholarly discussion of Paul and Pauline theology.” —David Wenham, vice principal, Trinity College, Bristol
“Faithful criticism” characterizes volumes in The New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT). Begun in the late 1940s by an international team of New Testament scholars, the NICNT series has been widely recognized by pastors, students, and scholars alike for its attention to the text of Scripture, its currency with contemporary scholarship, and its service to the global church.
The interpretive work reflected in these commentaries is based on careful study of the Greek text, but commentary readers need not be practiced in the biblical languages in order to benefit from them.
In the same way, NICNT volumes reflect serious work in technical areas — such as linguistics, textual criticism, and historical concerns — but the commentary itself focuses on understanding the text rather than navigating scholarly debates.
Readers can turn to the footnotes and excursuses for more specialized interaction with the Greek text and engagement with critical issues and literature.
Under the editorship of outstanding New Testament scholars — first Ned Stonehouse (Westminster Theological Seminary), then F. F. Bruce (University of Manchester, England) and Gordon D. Fee (Regent College, Canada), and now Joel B. Green (Fuller Theological Seminary) — the NICNT series has flourished.
In order to keep the commentary fresh and contemporary, NICNT volumes are revised and replaced as needed.
Newer volumes in the NICNT account for emergent emphases in biblical studies.
These include heightened attention to rhetorical features of New Testament texts, the cultural settings within which they were written, and their theological significance for God’s people.
In this way, the NICNT series endures as an accessible, authoritative guide to the biblical text.
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