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Best Bible Commentaries on 1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians is the seventh book of the New Testament. Authorship is traditionally attributed to the Apostle Paul. The letter is addressed to Christians at Corinth. After receiving a letter from the church, Paul is responding to their questions and helping them resolve problems. Paul wrote the letter to correct and encourage them. Commentaries on 1 Corinthians often address all the reproofs Paul gives the church in the first half of the letter and all the questions he answers for them in the second half.

1 Corinthians (NICNT) by Gordon D. Fee

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Accolades:

  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on 1 Corinthians, "Fee's commentary is lucid, informed, sensible, and written with great verve"
  • Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on 1 Corinthians
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on 1 Corinthians
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "an outstanding exposition of the letter with attention paid to its relevance to today"

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From the publisher: "Written for scholars, pastors, and lay readers alike...undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God."

1 Corinthians (NIGTC) by Anthony Thiselton

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on 1 Corinthians, "the best commentary on the Greek text...Thiselton has outdone himself"
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a massive and technical commentary for research"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on 1 Corinthians
  • Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on 1 Corinthians; "the most thorough and complete commentary on this book available in English"

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From the publisher: "At a time when the study of Greek is curtailed in many schools of theology, we hope that the NIGNT will demonstrate the continuing value of studying the Greek New Testament... the volumes of the NIGNT are for students who want something less technical than a full-scale critical commentary... the supreme aim of this series is to serve those who are engaged in the ministry of the Word of God and thus glorify God's name."

1 Corinthians (NIVAC) by Craig Blomberg

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Accolades:

  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a helpful exposition"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a priority commentary on 1 Corinthians

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
1 Corinthians (BECNT) by David E. Garland

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Accolades:

  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on 1 Corinthians; tied with Fee for "best general commentary on this epistle"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on 1 Corinthians
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a solid exposition of the Greek text"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
1 Corinthians (Focus) by Paul Barnett

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  • Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 1 Corinthians; "his insight into the text and its contemporary application is extremely helpful"

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
The First Epistle to Corinthians (BNTC) by C.K. Barrett

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a brief but helpful exposition"
  • Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on 1 Corinthians; "should not be missed"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
1 Corinthians (TNTC) by Leon Morris

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  • Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on 1 Corinthians; "Morris can usually say more in a few pages than most commentators can say in an entire book"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
1 Corinthians (PNTC) by Roy C. Ciampa and Brian S. Rosner

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on 1 Corinthians

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
1 Corinthians (NAC) by Mark Taylor

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From the publisher: "The New American Commentary is introduced to bridge the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This new series has been designed primarily to enable pastors, teachers, and students to read the Bible with clarity and proclaim it with power."

1 and 2 Corinthians (ZBBC) by David W.J. Gill

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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1 Corinthians (Preaching the Word) by Stephen T. Um

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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1 Corinthians (Teach the Text) by Preben Vang

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a priority commentary on 1 Corinthians

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
1 Corinthians (MNTC) by John MacArthur

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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1 and 2 Corinthians (HNTC) by Richard Pratt Jr.

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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The Message of 1 Corinthians (BST) by David Prior

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The "the three distinctives of The Bible Speaks Today series are (1) "BST authors are committed to a serious study of the text in its own integrity," (2) that "expositors should not be antiquarians, living only in the remote past" but suggest application for living, and (3) "each book is intended to be both readable in style and manageable in size."

1 and 2 Corinthians (EBC) by W. H. Mare and Murray J. Harris

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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1 Corinthians (Crossway Classics) by Charles Hodge

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Accolades:

  • Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on 1 Corinthians; "filled with valuable insight," "highly recommended"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
1 Corinthians (Herm) by Hans Conzelman

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Accolades:

  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "helpful especially in terms of background"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
1 Corinthians (Interpretation) by Richard B. Hays

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Accolades:

  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a fine brief exposition"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
1 Corinthians (For Everyone) by N.T. Wright

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help