New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT)

The New International Commentary on the New Testament is a Bible commentary series that Eerdman’s Publishing Company has printed since the 1950’s. Its volumes have been well-reviewed for decades for their evangelical theology and overall helpfulness to pastors. Roger Nicole mentioned the NICNT series in Christianity Today magazine in an article title, “What Evangelicalism Has Accomplished” in the last half of the twentieth century, which highlights the high-quality biblical scholarship found in its commentaries.1

new international commentary on the new testament coverEstablished theological journals have praised several commentaries in the series for representing the top scholarship in their subject area, such Douglas Moo’s Romans commentary and Gordon Fee’s 1 Corinthians commentary.

The New Testament editor is currently Joel B. Green who is Dean of the School of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, and author of the Luke commentary in the series. Ned Stonehouse, F.F. Bruce, and Gordon Fee were previous editors. The New International Commentary on the Old Testament has a different editor, Robert L. Hubbard Jr.

Theologically, though some volumes reflect a moderately critical approach to Scripture, the commentaries in the NICNT series are committed to evangelical thinking. The series was originally distinctly Reformed.2 However, under the editorship of F.F. Bruce, “the intentionally Reformed perspective of the series” began to subside.3 As an example of this shift, Arminian Methodists, I. Howard Marshall (The Letters of John) and, New Testament editor, Joel B. Green (The Gospel of Luke), have contributed well-reviewed commentaries to the series.

NICNT volumes are intended for pastors and professors. Though authors provide their own English translations, and work from the Greek, the commentaries are not considered technical. Most volumes are accessible to bible-school or seminary-trained pastors.

Example Reviews on the New International Commentary on the New Testament

The Expository Times wrote about R.T. France’s Matthew volume,

This commentary will be of great benefit to scholars and exegetical preachers alike. Close analysis and sensible comments are the hallmarks of this book, and it will now stand appropriately alongside other recent major treatments of Matthew . . . while making its own significant contribution. This is a responsible, scholarly, and illuminating contribution to the study and interpretation of Matthew’s gospel.

France’s volume is one of the best-reviewed Matthew commentaries on Best Bible Commentaries.

The Stone-Campbell Journal wrote about Joel Green’s Luke volume,

An outstanding contribution to Lukan scholarship. The methodology is a refreshing alternative to several more familiar approaches…This book will be warmly received by scholars… This is a fine reference tool that will well serve the preacher or teacher in the pursuit of literary connections and theological meaning.

Please see Best Bible Commentaries’ seven-question interview with Joel Green on this volume.

Robert W. Yarbrough, professor of New Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, wrote about David deSilva’s Galatians volume,

Laying special emphasis on the Spirit and the new era of salvation history in which Paul writes, deSilva has produced a work that will long rank among the most significant English-language Galatians commentaries.

Please see Best Bible Commentaries’ seven-question interview with David deSilva on this volume.

Commentaries in the NICNT Series — Original and Revised

From the publisher:

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.4

The Gospel and Acts

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France, R. T. The Gospel of Matthew | Published 2007

Lane, William L. The Gospel of Mark | Published 1974

Green, Joel B. The Gospel of Luke | Published 1997

Replaced Geldenhuys, Norval. The Gospel of Luke | Published 1951

Michaels, J. Ramsey. The Gospel of John | Published 2010

Replaced Morris, Leon. The Gospel according to John | Published 1971

Bruce, F. F. The Book of the Acts | Published 1988

The Writings of Paul

Moo, Douglas J. The Epistle to the Romans | Published 1996

Replaced Murray, John. The Epistle to the Romans | Published 1959

Fee, Gordon D. The First Epistle to the Corinthians | Published 2014

Replaced Fee, Gordon D. The First Epistle to the Corinthians | Published 1987

Replaced Grosheide, F. W. The First Epistle to the Corinthians | Published 1953

Barnett, Paul. The Second Epistle to the Corinthians | Published 1997

Replaced Hughes, Philip E. The Second Epistle to the Corinthians | Published 1962

Fung, Ronald Y. K. The Epistle to the Galatians | Published 1988

Replaced Ridderbos, Herman. The Epistle of Paul to the Churches of Galatia. | Published 1953

Bruce, F. F. The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians | Published 1984

Replaced Simpson, E. K.; Bruce, F. F. Commentary on the Epistles to the Ephesians and the Colossians | Published 1957

Fee, Gordon D. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians | Published 1995

Replaced Müller, Jac J. The Epistles of Paul to the Philippians and to Philemon. | Published 1955

McKnight, Scot. The Letter to the Colossians. | Published 2018

Replaced Bruce, F. F. The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians. | Published 1984

McKnight, Scot. The Letter to Philemon | Published 2017

Replaced Bruce, F. F. The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians. | Published 1984

Fee, Gordon D. The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians | Published 2009

Replaced Morris, Leon. The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians | Published 1991

Towner, Philip H. The Letters to Timothy and Titus | Published 2006

The General Epistles

Cockerill, Gareth Lee. The Epistle to the Hebrews | Published 2011

Replaced Bruce, F. F. The Epistle to the Hebrews | Published 1997

McKnight, Scot. The Epistle of James | Published 2011

Replaced Adamson, James B. The Epistle of James | Published 1976

Replaced Alexander, Ross. The Epistles of James and John | Published 1954

Davids, Peter H. The First Epistle of Peter | Published 1990

1-3 John and Revelation

Marshall, I. Howard. The Epistles of John | Published 1978

Mounce, Robert H. The Book of Revelation. | Published 1997



Footnotes:

  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20090218140843/http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/1996/september16/6ta030.html?start=2 (accessed 3/4/19)
  2. From the “General Forward” found in the earliest volumes in the series, e.g. The Gospel of Luke by Norval Geldenhuys, published in 1951.
  3. From the “Editor’s Preface” found in the latest volumes in the series, e.g. The Gospel of Luke (revised edition) by Joel B. Green, published in 1997.
  4. https://www.eerdmans.com/Products/CategoryCenter.aspx?CategoryId=SE!NICNT