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A few notable books will be coming out in the next few months.

First off, this commentary on 1 Samuel looks to be an extremely helpful addition to our growing literature on the book.

Secondly, this commentary on Hebrews will replace the older NICNT volume by F.F. Bruce. I will be very interested to see what his comments on Hebrews 6 will be. The author teaches at a Wesleyan seminary, which will probably mean an Arminian interpretation of the passage. If so, I will be disappointed, but that would not necessarily vitiate its value on other passages of the book.

Thirdly, we have waited for a while now for a solid commentary on Romans. This one looks to fill the bill. I have appreciated greatly the author’s contributions to Johannine studies, and look forward to what he will do in Romans. (Yes, I know we have Moo, but he is not as solid on some texts of Romans as he needs to be).

8 Comments

  1. justsinner99 said,

    May 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I wonder why they are replacing the Pillar Commentary on Romans by Leon Morris. I find him very helpful.

    Also have always loved John Murray’s commentary on Romans.

  2. greenbaggins said,

    May 17, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I also find Morris very helpful. But commentary series often feel the need to have a commentary that takes into account the most recent scholarship. As to Murray, he definitely has helpful things in it. However, I much prefer Cranfield to Murray.

  3. reiterations said,

    May 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Also on the horizon is Tremper Longman III’s new commentary on the Book of Job. It’s the final volume in the “Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms” series (of which he is the editor). According to Dr. Longman himself (I sent him an email to ask), it should be out in August of this year.

  4. Mark Kim said,

    May 17, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Lane, I heard someone say that Cranfield has neorthodox/Barthian theological convictions. I browsed through his shorter commentary on Romans. Not that impressive, in my opinion.

  5. reiterations said,

    May 18, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Mark: I’m not Lane (I’m somewhat better looking – kidding!), but here’s D. A. Carson on Cranfield’s commentary on Romans: “Occasionally, Cranfield seems more influenced by Barth than by Paul, but for thoughtful exegesis of the Greek text, with a careful weighing of alternative positions, there is nothing quite like it.” That’s from the 4th edition of his “New Testament Commentary Survey” (1993). Carson now says that Douglas Moo’s commentary edges out Cranfield – but only in certain respects. Carson still has tremendous respect for Cranfield (who, by the way, will be 97 in September).

  6. May 18, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I had not seen the new Pillar commentary on Romans. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

  7. greenbaggins said,

    May 18, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Mark, the longer ICC commentary of Cranfield is the important one. What is so good about it is the exceedingly careful and accurate weighing of different positions, along with a very fair presentation of the arguments supporting each position, and then his taking a stance and arguing for it. You can see this particularly clearly in his treatment of Romans 7 and the famous debates surrounding the “I.” Cranfield’s is by far the best presentation and argument for the issues, and leaves Moo looking a little silly on it, in my opinion (of course, Moo wrote after Cranfield). I haven’t seen Cranfield’s Barthianism get in the way too much, either.

  8. Frank Aderholdt said,

    May 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    The audio of Rick Phillips’ series on 1 and 2 Samuel is available at sermonaudio.com. He’s almost finished – 81 sermons so far. I know of no other Reformed preacher today who is so consistently excellent in exposition, Christ-centered focus, AND application.

    A good case could be made that NOW is “The Golden Age of Expository Preaching.”


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