Good commentaries are a wonderful thing — a great treasure indeed. Whether you need help understanding an obscure historical reference or a hotly debated verse or passage, good commentaries help steer us in the right direction in accurately understanding and applying God’s Word. No matter what book or passage you find yourself in, we live in a blessed age where there are many excellent commentaries for you to consult in order to help you understand that passage (see BestCommentaries.com for help in finding a good one).
An Excellent New Commentary
One excellent new commentary series that I have been impressed with is the series Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation. The series is published by B&H and edited by some excellent evangelical scholars. One of their newest volumes in the series is on 1-2 Timothy and Titus by Andreas Kostenberger, who serves as the senior research professor of New Testament and biblical theology as Southeastern Seminary. I received a copy of this new volume and immediately proceeded to use it in my own personal study of the book of Titus. It was an excellent resource in that endeavor.
What Makes This Commentary Unique?
Every commentary has its own individual unique goal that it seeks to accomplish. Some commentaries are extremely technical, diving into every single nuance of the language and every debate and historical issue known to man. Other commentaries are more homiletical or practical, focusing much more attention on the application of the passage to the reader.
What I appreciate so much about this commentary (and indeed, the whole series) is its focus on biblical theology and drawing the reader to where this verse or passage fits within the theology of the Bible as a whole, and the New Testament in particular. The author draws the reader to consider the important themes of the the biblical book in relation to the canon as a whole. The value of this is helping the reader not get lost in studying the trees and forgetting to see the forest. The author does a great job of going into verse-by-verse exegesis (studying the trees) while also drawing the reader to consider the larger themes and larger placement of that verse or passage within its context, thus constantly keeping the entire forest in view.
I am incredibly thankful for Kostenberger’s work on this commentary of 1-2 Timothy and Titus. Whether you are a pastor, scholar, Sunday School teacher, or church member, this commentary will enable you to better understand and apply the books of 1-2 Timothy and Titus. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to you whether for personal study or for preparation for public teaching. You will find it enriching and edifying beyond measure.
In accordance with FTC regulations, I would like to thank B&H Publishing Group for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.