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Letters and Homilies (Witherington) (3 Volumes)

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The study of the so-called General or Catholic Epistles has been hampered, argues Ben Witherington, by the failure to properly discern their genre. Several of these “letters” are much better understood as homilies--although, like the rest of the New Testament, they are situation specific.

In these three volumes, Witherington extends his innovative socio-rhetorical analysis of New Testament books to the latter-Pauline and non-Pauline corpora, placing each text within its socioreligious milieu and illuminating the particular issues that confronted each congregation as well as the rhetorical strategies employed by each author in addressing those issues.

Throughout, Witherington shows his thorough knowledge of recent literature on these texts and focuses his attention on the unique insights brought about through socio-rhetorical analysis that either reinforce or correct those gleaned from other approaches.

“Bridging the Horizons” sections point to the relevance of the text for believers today, making these commentaries of special value to pastors and general readers as well as to students and scholars.

This module contains the following three volumes:

  • Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians (Volume 1): A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Titus, 1-2 Timothy and 1-3 John
  • Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians (Volume 2): A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1-2 Peter
  • Letters and Homilies for Jewish Christians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Hebrews, James and Jude

For more information, see this release announcement.

Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians (Volumes 1 and 2)
Letters and Homilies for Jewish Christians
• Author: Ben Witherington III
• Publisher: InterVarsity Press

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January 26, 2018  | 10:49 AM   |    Good (4)
This is a very ‘chatty’ commentary. I find it more extensive than tyndale but I still need to refer to a technical commentary for the background and structure such as wbc.

I am fortunate that I have time to read round books and don’t regret getting this set compared to some of my other purchases. This series is certainly a good read but don’t find I am making extensive notes. The content is clearly presented but I find his style to be almost like listening to a lecture. If it was live it would be fine, but I find reading makes it slightly harder going and slightly verbose. I find the information useful and it is readable but more like a rather one sided conversation with the author.

It’s a good addition to my library but I wouldn’t consider it essential or an initial purchase (unlike wbc and nivac).

However, I have just purchased his book on isaiah which has recently been released in Accordance so he is worth persevering with.