Pastoral Epistles (New International Greek Testament Commentary Series)
This is a thorough, full-scale English commentary on the Greek text of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. While author George W. Knight gives careful attention to the comments of previous interpreters of the text, both ancient and modern, his...
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This is a thorough, full-scale English commentary on the Greek text of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. While author George W. Knight gives careful attention to the comments of previous interpreters of the text, both ancient and modern, his emphasis is on exegesis of the Greek text itself and on the flow of the argument in each of these three Epistles.
Besides providing a detailed look at the meanings and interrelationships of the Greek words as they appear in each context, Knight's commentary includes an introduction that treats at length the question of authorship (he argues for Pauline authorship and proposes, on the basis of stylistic features, that Luke might have been the amanuensis for the Pastoral Epistles), the historical background of these letters, and the personalities and circumstances of the recipients.
Knight also provides two special excursuses: the first gathers together the information in the Pastorals and elsewhere in the New Testament on early church offices and leaders; the other excursus examines the motivations for conduct in Titus 2:1-10 with a view to their applicability to present-day situations.
The text on which these commentaries are based is the UBS Greek New Testament, edited by Kurt Aland and others. While engaging the major questions of text and interpretation at a scholarly level, the authors keep in mind the needs of the beginning student of Greek as well as the pastor or layperson who may have studied the language at some time but does not now use it on a regular basis.
Like other volumes in the New International Greek Testament Commentary, Knight's new volume on the pastoral epistles (1 & 2 Timothy and Titus) offers thorough exegesis of the UBS Greek text in a very accessible format. His introduction first ably argues for Pauline authorship. Then Knight's commentary emphasizes the flow of Paul's argument in each of the three letters. He concludes with two excurses on early church leadership and on motivations for conduct in Titus 2:1-10.
Knight's study on the Pastoral Epistles is part of The New International Greek Testament Commentary, a series based on the UBS Greek New Testament, which seeks to provide thorough exegesis of the text that is sensitive to theological themes as well as to the details of the historical, linguistic, and textual context.
George W. Knight (Th.D. Free University of Amsterdam) is adjunct-professor of New Testament at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary's Charlotte Extension, a longtime writer and scholar who has overseen and contributed to many major Bible reference works including the HCSB, Simplified Harmony of the Gospels; The Pastoral Epistles: A Commentary on the Greek Text (New Internation Commentary of the Greek New Testament); The Faithful Sayings in the Pastoral Epistles and The Role Relationship of Men and Women..
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