The epistles of the New Testament provide unparalleled insight into the realities of the life of the early church, guidance for those called to lead the church, and comfort in the face of pressing theological questions. Among those letters are 1 and 2 Thessalonians, which address questions about the expected return of Christ, the pastoral epistles of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, written to two of Paul’s coworkers who were overseeing early churches, and Philemon, which concerns the relationship between a slave and his master.
The Protestant Reformers of the sixteenth century also found wisdom and guidance in these letters. For example, Martin Luther reminded the Christians of his day that Paul had encouraged believers “not to sorrow over the dead as others who have no hope, but to comfort each other with God’s Word as having a certain hope of life and of the resurrection of the dead.”
In this volume of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture, Lee Gatiss and Bradley Green guide readers through a diversity of early modern commentary on the epistles of 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. Readers will hear from familiar voices and discover lesser-known figures from a variety of theological traditions, including Lutherans, Reformed, Radicals, Anglicans, and Roman Catholics. Drawing upon a variety of resources—including commentaries, sermons, treatises, and confessions—much of which appears here for the first time in English, this volume provides resources for contemporary preachers, enables scholars to better understand the depth and breadth of Reformation commentary, and seeks to bring guidance and comfort in the midst of today’s challenges.
The Reformation Commentary on Scripture is a major publishing event—for those with historical interest in the founding convictions of Protestantism, but even more for those who care about understanding the Bible. As with IVP Academic’s earlier Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, this effort brings flesh and blood to ‘the communion of saints’ by letting believers of our day look over the shoulders of giants from the past. By connecting the past with the present, and by doing so with the Bible at the center, the editors of this series perform a great service for the church. The series deserves the widest possible support.
—Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
For those who preach and teach Scripture in the church, the Reformation Commentary on Scripture is a significant publishing event. Pastors and other church leaders will find delightful surprises, challenging enigmas and edifying insights in this series, as many Reformational voices are newly translated into English. The lively conversation in these pages can ignite today’s pastoral imagination for fresh and faithful expositions of Scripture.
—J. Todd Billings, Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology, Western Theological Seminary
The reformers discerned rightly what the church desperately needed in the sixteenth century—the bold proclamation of the Word based on careful study of the sacred Scriptures. We need not only to hear that same call again for our own day but also to learn from the Reformation how to do it. This commentary series is a godsend!
—Richard J. Mouw, President Emeritus, Fuller Theological Seminary
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Lee Gatiss (PhD, Cambridge) is the director of Church Society and a lecturer in church history at Union School of Theology. He is author of several books, including Light After Darkness: How the Reformers Regained, Retold, and Relied On the Gospel of Grace and Cornerstones of Salvation: Foundations and Debates in the Reformed Tradition. He is also the editor of The NIV Proclamation Bible, The Sermons of George Whitefield, and a number of books on Puritanism and Anglicanism.
Bradley G. Green (PhD, Baylor University) is associate professor of Christian studies at Union University. He is author of Covenant and Commandment, The Gospel and the Mind: Recovering and Shaping the Intellectual Life, and Colin Gunton and the Failure of Augustine as well as editor of Shapers of Christian Orthodoxy. His varied background includes serving as Latin instructor and Sunday school teacher, and he has written a number of articles for various publications including Churchman, Touchstone Magazine, Chronicles Magazine, and The International Journal of Systematic Theology.