New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT) | Reviews, Purpose, Volumes

Reviews on the New International Commentary on the New Testament

On the 1 Corinthians volume:

“Fee has given us a paradigm of what a commentary should be. Even where one might disagree, no one — layperson, pastor, scholar, or student — will find Fee’s volume a disappointment.”

~ The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

new international bible commentary on the new testamentOn the Romans volume:

“If a student could own but one commentary on Romans, this should be it — now and for a long time to come.”

~ Craig L. Blomberg

On the 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.”

~ Expository Times

On the volume on Mark:

“From the opening sentence this commentary is clear, creative, well-written, and extremely well informed. . . . All in all, a great commentary.”

~ Restoration Quarterly

The Purpose of the New International Commentary on the New Testament

From Eerdmans: “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.

Author Interviews from this series on Best Bible Commentaries

Joel B. Green – The Gospel According to Luke

Preview: “While working on Luke, I often spoke on the Gospel at family camps or pastors’ retreats or conferences or adult education classes. I listened carefully for the sorts of questions that people raised about this or that part of Luke. These helped to guide me in my thinking about Luke, and in my work on Luke.”

Volumes in the NICNT Series – Original and Revised

new international bible commentary on the new testamentIn 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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The Gospel and Acts

France, R. T. (2007). The Gospel of Matthew.

Lane, William L. (1974). The Gospel of Mark.

Green, Joel B. (1997). The Gospel of Luke.

Replaced Geldenhuys, Norval (1951). The Gospel of Luke.

Michaels, J. Ramsey (2010). The Gospel of John.

Replaced Morris, Leon (1971). The Gospel according to John.

Bruce, F. F. (1988). The Book of the Acts.

The Writings of Paul

Moo, Douglas J. (1996). The Epistle to the Romans.

Replaced Murray, John (1959). The Epistle to the Romans.

Fee, Gordon D. (2014). The First Epistle to the Corinthians.

Replaced Fee, Gordon D. (1987). The First Epistle to the Corinthians.

Replaced Grosheide, F. W. (1953). The First Epistle to the Corinthians.

Barnett, Paul (1997). The Second Epistle to the Corinthians.

Replaced Hughes, Philip E. (1962). The Second Epistle to the Corinthians.

Fung, Ronald Y. K. (1988). The Epistle to the Galatians.

Replaced Ridderbos, Herman Nicolaas (1953). The Epistle of Paul to the Churches of Galatia.

Bruce, F. F. (1984). The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians.

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

Fee, Gordon D. (1995). Paul’s Letter to the Philippians.

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

McKnight, Scot (2018). The Letter to the Colossians.

Replaced Bruce, F. F. (1984). The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians.

McKnight, Scot (2017). The Letter to Philemon.

Replaced Bruce, F. F. (1984). The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians.

Fee, Gordon D. (2009). The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians.

Replaced Morris, Leon (1991). The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians.

Towner, Philip H. (2006). The Letters to Timothy and Titus.

The General Epistles

Cockerill, Gareth Lee (2011). The Epistle to the Hebrews.

Replaced Bruce, F. F. (1997). The Epistle to the Hebrews.

McKnight, Scot (2011). The Epistle of James.

Replaced Adamson, James B. (1976). The Epistle of James.

Replaced Alexander, Ross (1954). The Epistles of James and John.

Davids, Peter H. (1990). The First Epistle of Peter.

1-3 John and Revelation

Marshall, I. Howard (1978). The Epistles of John.

Mounce, Robert H. (1997). The Book of Revelation.


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Bible Commentary Series (index)

New Testament commentaries (index)

Old Testament commentaries (index)