1-2 Timothy, Titus – Philip Towner – New International Commentary on the New Testament

New International Commentary TimothyPhilip Towner is the author of the 1-2 Timothy and Titus volume in the New International Commentary on the New Testament series.

The most accessible, most broadly pitched full-length commentary on Timothy and Titus, this NICNT volume explores Paul’s three letters to Timothy and Titus within their historical, religious, and cultural settings.

In his introduction, Phillip Towner sets out the rationale for his historical approach, questions certain assumptions of recent critical scholarship, and establishes the uniqueness and individuality of each letter.

Significantly, Towner’s work displays unprecedented interaction with four recent major commentaries on these Pauline letters.

Centered on an outstanding translation of the Greek text and including thorough footnotes, bibliographical citations, and indexes, Towner’s commentary on Timothy and Titus is sure to become a standard reference for busy pastors, students, and scholars. [1]

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Volume Reviews

“When reading this commentary, I felt as if I were sitting in a room listening to Paul and his associates explain the gospel in ever fresh ways for a new day. . . Phil Towner’s readable, exciting exposition of these wonderful letters will usher many into a new age of studies on the Pastorals.” —Scot McKnight, North Park University

“Few if any scholars could be more qualified to give birth to this volume. . . Towner’s newest work fills an important gap — an up-to-date, exegetically solid, mid-range commentary on the English text, fully informed by the Greek and wholly abreast of current scholarship. Rejecting the unproven theory of non-Pauline authorship and ably highlighting the individual distinctives of each letter, often obscured by the homogenizing label ‘Pastoral Epistles,’ Towner has produced what may wind up being the most useful commentary among the broadest range of English-language readers for many years to come.” — Craig L. Blomberg, Denver Seminary

“The mature work of a scholar who has had a love affair with the letters to Timothy and Titus over a quarter century, this is arguably the finest and most useful commentary based on the English text of the letters (with adequate discussion of matters Greek in the footnotes). . . Student and preacher alike will treasure this user-friendly treatment for its careful summarizing of essential data and also for its numerous shafts of fresh light from a scholar who knows all the contemporary discussion but is not beholden to any authority except that of the text itself.” — I. Howard Marshall, University of Aberdeen

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“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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