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This volume continues Godet’s commentary on 1 Corinthians. He devotes significant attention to Paul’s advice to the church in Corinth regarding the role of women in public worship, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and spiritual gifts—issues which remain at the center of church controversies 2,000 years later. Godet closes his commentary with a detailed exposition of chapter 15 and the resurrection of the body. This volume also includes chapters on the historicity of 1 Corinthians, the ecclesiastical offices of the church in Corinth, and the criticism of the text.
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