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By Frédéric Louis Godet / T&T Clark / 1894
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This volume is the first of a 2-volume introduction to the entire New Testament. Godet addresses the basic questions on the Pauline epistles, including the patristic testimonies, the inclusion of Pauline epistles in the New Testament canon, along with a brief introduction to each epistle. Godet also devotes an introductory chapter to Paul’s life, as well as a history of 2,000 years of interpretation. This volume is arranged chronologically—not canonically—making it especially useful for historical and contextual study of Paul’s writings.
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