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Reviews of the International Critical Bible Commentary Series

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Professor James Dunn, University of Durham, UK:

“ICC has been the supreme English language Bible commentary series throughout the twentieth century, and the recent additions to it…maintain its reputation as the commentary of choice, the first volume to be pulled from the shelf when a really tricky issue of exegesis or exposition is involved or an authoritative survey of historical and recent scholarly interpretation is sought on any particular passage.”

Purpose of the International Critical Commentary Series

From the publisher: “For over 100 years, the International Critical Commentary series has held a special place among works on the Bible. It has sought to bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis-linguistic and textual no less than archaeological, historical, literary and theological-with a level of comprehension and quality of scholarship unmatched by any other series. No attempt has been made to secure a uniform theological or critical approach to the biblical text: contributors have been invited for their scholarly distinction, not for their adherence to any one school of thought. The first paperback editions to be published cover the heart of the New Testament, providing a wealth of information and research in accessible and attractive format.”

Volumes in the International Critical Commentary Series

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St. Matthew – W. C. Allen

Matthew 1–7 – Dale C. Allison, W. D. Davies

Jon Weatherly, professor of New Testament, Cincinnati Christian University:

“The most thorough commentary on the Greek text of Matthew…”

Matthew 8–18 – Dale C. Allison, W. D. Davies

Jon Weatherly, professor of New Testament, Cincinnati Christian University:

“The most thorough commentary on the Greek text of Matthew…”

Matthew 19–28 – Dale C. Allison, W. D. Davies

Jon Weatherly, professor of New Testament, Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary:

“The most thorough commentary on the Greek text of Matthew…”

St. Mark – E. P. Gould

The Lutheran Quarterly:

“The whole make-up is that of a thoroughly helpful, instructive critical study of the Word, surpassing anything of the kind ever attempted in the English language, and to students and clergymen knowing the proper use of a commentary it will prove an invaluable aid.”

The Biblical World:

“Dr. Gould’s commentary on Mark is a large success . . . and a credit to American scholarship. . . . He has undoubtedly given us a commentary on Mark which surpasses all others, a thing we have reason to expect will be true in the case of every volume of the series to which it belongs.”

St. Luke – A. A. Plummer

D. D. Salmond, Critical Review:

“It is distinguished throughout by learning, sobriety of judgment, and sound exegesis. It is a weighty contribution to the interpretation of the third Gospel, and will take an honorable place in the series of which it forms a part.”

The Herald and Presbyter:

“We are pleased with the thoroughness and scientific accuracy of the interpretations. . . . It seems to us that the prevailing characteristic of the book is common sense, fortified by learning and piety.”

John 1–4 – John McHugh

Theological Book Review:

“McHugh is very attentive to grammatical issues, as to be expected of the ICC. His discussion of text-critical matters is also impressive. In terms of the history of interpretation, he surveys broadly on any interpretive crux, and includes precritical perspectives. Perhaps most impressive is his theological engagement with the text, no doubt influenced by the ministerial work he undertook in his retirement . . . will serve as a handy resource for research on John’s Gospel.”

St. John 1–7, vol. 1 – J. H. Bernard

St. John 8–21, vol. 2 – J. H. Bernard

Acts: Volume 1 – C. K. Barrett

Peter Doble, Theological Book Review:

“The commentary proper, which is on the Greek text, engages with a wide range of scholarship; readers will find much to argue with and—hesitantly—dissent from, but they will certainly find themselves indebted to its richness and clarity. This is essentially a work for the scholar’s library, and institutions serious about New Testament study will ensure that they have it on their shelves.”

Acts: Volume 2 – C. K. Barrett

Peter Doble, Theological Book Review:

“The commentary proper, which is on the Greek text, engages with a wide range of scholarship; readers will find much to argue with and—hesitantly—dissent from, but they will certainly find themselves indebted to its richness and clarity. This is essentially a work for the scholar’s library, and institutions serious about New Testament study will ensure that they have it on their shelves.”

Romans – A. C. Headlam, W. W. Sanday

The Church Standard:

“We do not hesitate to commend this as the best commentary on Romans yet written in English. It will do much to popularize this admirable and much needed series, by showing that it is possible to be critical and scholarly and at the same time devout and spiritual, and intelligible to plain Bible readers.”

Romans: Volume 1 – C. E. B. Cranfield

Romans: Volume 2 – C. E. B. Cranfield

1 Corinthians – Alfred A. Plummer, Archibald Robertson

2 Corinthians – A. A. Plummer

The Second Epistle to the Corinthians 1–7 – Margaret E. Thrall

Journal of Theological Studies:

“The high standard of meticulously detailed exegesis displayed in the first volume of Dr. Thrall’s magisterial commentary is continued in its sequel . . . In all respects, this volume and its predecessor surely deserve to be regarded as one of the most impressive contributions to this fine series . . . Historians and theologians alike will find this commentary an indispensable resource for the interpretation both of key passages and of others that might at first sight look innocent of historical or doctrinal significance.”

The Second Epistle to the Corinthians 8–13 – Margaret E. Thrall

Journal of Theological Studies:

“The high standard of meticulously detailed exegesis displayed in the first volume of Dr. Thrall’s magisterial commentary is continued in its sequel . . . In all respects, this volume and its predecessor surely deserve to be regarded as one of the most impressive contributions to this fine series . . . Historians and theologians alike will find this commentary an indispensable resource for the interpretation both of key passages and of others that might at first sight look innocent of historical or doctrinal significance.”

Galatians – E. de Witt Burton

Ephesians – Ernest Best

Andrew T. Lincoln, Journal of Theological Studies:

“Professor Best’s commentary with its wealth of detailed exegetical discussion is one of the most useful for those concerned with serious study of Ephesians and all who wish to discuss the value of Ephesians’ contribution to thinking about the nature and role of the church.”

I. Howard Marshall, Epworth Review:

“While the commentary is very much a tool for scholars, it is accessible to preachers [who] will find that there are few problems raised by the text which have not been perceived by Best and on which he offers helpful comment.”

Ephesians and Colossians –T. K. Abbott

Northwestern Christian Advocate:

“An exceedingly careful and painstaking piece of work. The introductory discussions of questions bearing on the authenticity and integrity (of the epistles) are clear and candid, and the exposition of the text displays a fine scholarship and insight.”

Colossians and Philemon – Robert McL. Wilson

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society:

“This volume takes its place as a worthy replacement in the venerable International Critical Commentary series. Here is critical but reverent scholarship at its best, distilling many years of research and reflection. In a day when the length of critical commentaries is expanding exponentially, Wilson serves up a concise, erudite treatment, a model of lucid scholarship. For pastors who can work with their Greek New Testament and for teachers in colleges, universities and seminaries, this commentary will prove to be a goldmine of information. The proofreading for this highly technical volume is first rate.”

Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia:

“A technical but readable analysis of Colossians and Philemon with due attention given to the text, background, and arguments of these letters. The author gives good overviews of scholarship and excavates the text with learned precision. Wilson is well-qualified to write a commentary on Colossians given his 40 years of expertise . . . in sum a technical but eminently readable commentary.”

Ralph P. Martin, emeritus distinguished scholar in residence, Fuller Theological Seminary:

“To his great credit, Wilson keeps this aim in sight throughout his careful and detailed study. As a result, the commentary proves a valuable source-book of data on a variety of topics: lexical, conceptual, social, theological, and occasionally pastoral . . . It is rich in word studies based on the text and other New Testament sources . . . In all, this is a valuable contribution to the library of scholarly works on the two letters. Building on the work of Lightfoot, Lohse, and Dunn, it takes its place as a welcome addition to the ICC revision.”

Philippians and Philemon – M. R. Vincent

Lutheran World:

“Throughout the work scholarly research is evident. It commends itself by its clear elucidation, its keen exegesis which marks the word study on every page, its compactness of statement and its simplicity of arrangement.”

Thessalonians – J. E. Frame

Pastoral Epistles – W. W. Lock

Pastoral Epistles – I. Howard Marshall

Hebrews – J. J. Moffat

Epistle of St. James – J. H. Ropes

James – Dale C. Allison Jr.

1 and 2 Peter, Jude – C. C. Bigg

American Journal of Theology:

“Canon Bigg’s work is preeminently characterized by judicial open-mindedness and sympathetic insight into historical conditions. His realistic interpretation of the relations of the apostles and the circumstances of the early church renders the volume invaluable to students of these themes. The exegetical work in the volume rests on the broad basis of careful linguistic study, acquaintance with apocalyptic literature and the writings of the Fathers, a sane judgment, and good sense.”

The Johannine Epistles – A. E. Brooke

Revelation: Volume 1 – R. H. Charles

Revelation: Volume 2 – R. H. Charles


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