The authors of these commentaries are firmly committed to the cardinal Christian doctrines: the classical Trinitarian doctrine; the virgin birth, deity, vicarious atonement, bodily resurrection, and literal second coming of Christ; salvation by grace involving the necessity of the new birth; permanent personal existence in heaven or hell; and so on. They are in the mainstream of the traditional Christian faith and share with many other groups the heritage of Baptists.
These commentaries are not intended to be highly technical. Nor are they meant to be merely devotional. The aim is to steer a course between the two kinds of commentaries, producing volumes that can be understood by the general Christian public and yet that seriously expound the text. Every writer is expected to comment with the Greek text before him, but to do so in a way that the reader who has not had formal instruction in Greek can understand what he says. Inasmuch as possible, technical comments about Greek words or syntax are put in parenthesis so that you may read around those comments if you wish. Greek words are transliterated in English italics. The commentaries are not meant to provide for detailed treatment of problems of textual criticism. In most cases, where significant manuscript differences exist, the variations are given enough attention that the reader will be able to understand what is involved.
Robert E. Picirilli received his B.A. from Free Will Baptist Bible College in 1953. Graduate studies were complete at Bob Jones University where he received the M.A. in theology in 1955 and the Ph.D. in New Testament text in 1963. He was awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Bob Jones University in 1967. Dr Picirilli's teaching career has been at Free Will Baptist Bible College since 1955 except for one year when he was a graduate assistant. He taught New Testament Greek and Interpretation at Free Will Baptist Bible College for over 25 years. He has served as Professor, Registrar, and Academic Dean on both graduate and undergraduate levels at his alma mater. Dr. Picirilli presently serves as Professor Emeritus at Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville, Tennessee. He has also been active in the Evangelical Theological Society where he has presented papers and held all of the offices. He is a frequent contributor to denominational publications and professional theological journals. His published works include Book of Galatians; Romans; and more recently Paul the Apostle; Grace, Faith, Free Will: Contrasting Views of Salvation: Calvinism and Arminianism.