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1 Corinthians: A Shorter Exegetical and Pastoral Commentary

, 2006
ISBN: 9780802826824

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Anthony C. Thiselton’s lengthy New International Greek Testament Commentary volume The First Epistle to the Corinthians has become a standard work on 1 Corinthians. In this “shorter” commentary, Thiselton draws on his excellent exegesis from that volume but combines it afresh with keen practical and pastoral application for readers at all levels.

Thiselton delves deeply into the context and text of Paul’s first Corinthian letter as he suggests, section by section, how the book applies to pastoral and practical issues. He draws vivid parallels between the growing church in Corinth and the twenty-first-century church, demonstrating that today’s church also faces a seductive culture of competition and consumerism. The church in Corinth preferred its self-centered theology to the Christ-centered gospel of the wider apostolic church. Paul’s response in 1 Corinthians, amplified by Thiselton’s commentary, becomes a living, practical, transforming word from God for Christians today.

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Key Features

  • Adapts Anthony Thiselton’s commentary on 1 Corinthians for practical and pastoral application
  • Focuses on the first-century context of Paul’s letter
  • Compares the growing church in Corinth to the twenty-first-century church


  • The City and Culture of Corinth
  • The Ethos That Permeated the Church
  • Other “Corinthian” Traits Relevant Today
  • Some Remaining Issues of Introduction That Shed Further Light upon the Text
  • Text and Commentary

Top Highlights

“Of these we may mention especially the problems and destructive tendencies set in motion by (a) a drive toward competitiveness, self-achievement, and self-promotion; (b) an attitude of self-sufficiency, self-congratulation, and autonomy and entitlement to indulge freedoms; and (c) the tendency to overvalue gifts of ‘knowledge,’ ‘wisdom,’ and ‘freedom’ over and above more basic gifts in everyday life such as love and respect for others.” (Page 9)

“She observes, ‘Paul’s main point is that men and women are both the glory of another and therefore both have an obligation not to cause shame to their ‘heads.’ … Since they are the glory of different persons … they must use different means to avoid shaming their ‘heads’ ’ (‘Gender and Creation in 1 Cor. 11:2–16,’ p. 157).” (Page 174)

“A key word in this passage is splits (v. 10; Greek schismata). We risk losing the point if we translate the Greek by a more formal word such as divisions, for these are not divisions of doctrine. Welborn observes that the problem is ‘a power struggle, not a theological controversy’” (Page 39)

“Sophistic rhetoricians were like the mass media of today: they did not describe, they promoted. Their concern was not truth content; they devised seductive, persuasive strategies of presentation.” (Page 16)

“The proclamation of the cross replaces an emphasis on achieving with an opposing emphasis on receiving (as noted above)” (Page 45)

Praise for the Print Edition

Lucidly, accessibly, and engagingly, Thiselton brings alive the subject matter about which St. Paul writes. Thus, this commentary searchingly illuminates the nature of Christian lifestyle and spirituality today.

—Walter Moberly, professor of theology and religion, Durham University

This will immediately become the main text for my English Bible 1 Corinthians elective.

Craig L. Blomberg, professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

This commentary provides a good model of exegetical and pastoral writing and is well worth having on the shelf of anyone working in ministry.

Review of Biblical Literature

  • Title: First Corinthians: A Shorter Exegetical and Pastoral Commentary
  • Author: Anthony Thiselton
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2006
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Pages: 341
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. 1 Corinthians › Commentaries
  • ISBNs: 9780802826824, 0802826822
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-03-25T21:01:11Z

Anthony C. Thiselton was professor of Christian Theology at the University of Nottingham. He held three doctorates (Ph.D, D.D., D.D) and published important works on 1 Corinthians, hermeneutics, and did research on modern theology, philosophy of religion, and the application of philosophy of language to biblical studies.

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