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First Corinthians

An Exegetical and Explanatory Commentary



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First Corinthians by B Ward Powers
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In most areas of this Epistle, B. Ward Powers has come to share the interpretation of Paul's meaning held by the Early Church Fathers; although he explains and expounds those views. This is particularly the case in relation to chapters 12 through 14 where, in keeping with the Early Church Fathers, the Reformers, most Scripture expositors until recent times, and many present-day exegetes, Powers expounds the interpretation that ""tongues"" refers to human languages spoken on earth. The one major area where Powers parts company with the Fathers of the first Christian centuries is in relation to matters of sex and marriage, divorce and remarriage, and attitudes to women generally. Here Powers explains that Paul is more affirming of sex, marriage and remarriage, and women than many early writers (and some modern writers) have understood him to be. ""We need at times to take considerable care,"" he writes, ""to understand the meaning of what Paul says to the Corinthians, and in coming to terms with how this teaching is to apply to us in today's world. But when we have arrived at our understanding of these things, then there is no question: this is the Word of God to us, and we must take it very seriously indeed. We cannot just dismiss it offhandedly and simply say, 'Well, that is just Paul's opinion, and we can take it or leave it.' Not at all: Paul has explained clearly that what he writes comes with the inspiration and authority of the Holy Spirit of God."" A translator's treasure trove. Having rigorously exegeted the text of 1 Corinthians for our exotic-language translation project here at the earth's remotest corner, by God's goodness I came across Ward Powers's manuscript commentary on 1 Corinthians. In subsequent weeks I changed our translation in at least thirty places, some single vocabulary choices and others significant reworkings of extended passages. Would that every translator possess this treasury of rich insights into the 1 Corinthians that Paul wrote. Some commentaries may be referenced for this or that difficult passage; this one will be read from cover to cover, holding the reader's attention to the very end and rewarding him richly. Definitely a new standard. --Timothy Friberg Director of the Analytical Greek New Testament Project, Whitefish, Montana B. Ward Powers is Dean of New Testament and Director of Tyndale College, Sydney, Australia. He has served on the faculty of Moore Theological College and Sydney Missionary and Bible College, and has ministered in several churches. He is the author of Marriage and Divorce: The New Testament Teaching, Learn To Read the Greek New Testament: Based Upon Linguistic Principles, and The Ministry of Women in the Church.
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January 1st, 2009
Illustrations, black and white
Wipf & Stock Publishers
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