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The first epistle to the Corinthians directly addresses core issues in the church—then and now—and answers crucial questions about its theology. This book’s practicality and theological wisdom, as well as its historical parallels with issues facing the contemporary church make it vital reading for modern Christians.
Volume 1 of Godet’s commentary on 1 Corinthians includes a lengthy introduction to the epistle as a whole, along with detailed commentary of the first six chapters. Godet devotes particular attention to the historical situation of the church in Corinth, church discipline, impurity, and marriage. Throughout his commentary, Godet—departing from the dominant trend in nineteenth century biblical criticism—does not sacrifice sound exegesis and interpretation to conform to the standards of historical, textual, and modernist criticism.
Godet, in all his commentaries, shows a scholarly breadth of familiarity with the commentators who preceded him. Many of their interpretations are stated and refuted in order to present that which the author feels is the correct interpretation of the passage. One can in reading this work avail himself of a clear summary of the views of many various writers. The author was respected as a theologian, hence his work has depth, and was revered as a Greek scholar and exegete, and thus his work has accuracy.
[Frédéric Louis Godet] has many qualifications for his work. One of the most needful exists in an eminent degree—a hearty sympathy with the book he is expounding. He does not approach it from the outside, but the inside, having a heartfelt experience of the power of the blessedness of its truths.
—Talbot W. Chambers