Product Of British Scholarship

A New Testament Commentary, edited by G. C. D. Howley, F. F. Bruce, and H. L. Ellison (Zondervan, 1969, 666 pp., $7.95), is reviewed by Everett F. Harrison, senior professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.

Two distinctives of this volume stand out: all twenty-five of the contributors are affiliated with churches of the Christian Brethren (formerly known as Plymouth Brethren), and they present considerable diversity in their occupations. Some are professional educators with special competence in such areas as theology, language, geography, and archaeology, while others are Bible teachers, editors, and missionaries. All are evangelical. Two are from this side of the Atlantic, but in the main this work is a product of British scholarship.

In line with current practice in the commentary field, preliminary consideration is given in a series of general articles to matters pertaining to the New Testament—authority, text and canon, language, archaeology, historical, political and religious background, as well as to the development of doctrine, the apostolic Church, the Gospels, Paul’s letters, the general letters, and the New Testament use of the Old Testament. These are ably handled, with evidence of up-to-date research.

Part II is devoted to commentary, for which the RSV is the chosen translation, although the NEB is often referred to. The introductions are brief (Hebrews is somewhat longer), no doubt to conserve space for the commentary proper. In view of this brevity it would have been helpful to have more bibliographical information on crucial items of introduction, especially with reference to positions other than those taken in this book.

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