A Curator’s Guide — An Exploration into 1 and 2 Thessalonians and the Pastoral Epistles

img_9080In continuing the series, here are Bowman’s bibliographies on 1 and 2 Thessalonians and the Pastoral Epistles.


Fee, Gordon D. The First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians. NICNT. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009. Evangelical commentary that is generally strong in exegesis but weak in engaging critical scholarship on the epistles.

Green, Gene L. The Letters to the Thessalonians. Pillar NT Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002. One of the best evangelical commentaries on the epistles.

Malherbe, Abraham J. The Letters to the Thessalonians. Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries 32A. New York: Anchor Bible—Doubleday, 2000. Noteworthy commentary by a mainline scholar known for his skill in placing NT writings in the context of classic Greco-Roman literature. This commentary builds on earlier work that Malherbe had done on Thessalonians.

Shogren, Gary. 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012. Recent, well-done commentary on the epistles by an evangelical scholar teaching in Costa Rica.

Thiselton, Anthony C. 1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries. Blackwell Bible Commentaries. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. A “reception history” commentary, exploring how the epistles impacted religion and culture and in turn how such developments affected contemporary interpretation of the epistles. Note: This commentary is simply too expensive!

Weima, Jeffrey A. D. 1-2 Thessalonians. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014. Exhaustive, recent evangelical commentary.

The Pastoral Epistles:

Collins, Raymond F. 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus: A Commentary. New Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002. Moderate Roman Catholic scholar expounding the Pastoral Epistles from within the conventional critical view that they were post-Pauline compositions.

Fiore, Benjamin, S.J. The Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy, Second Timothy, Titus. Sacra Pagina 12. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2007. Jesuit biblical scholar gives a contemporary Roman Catholic scholarly and pastoral perspective on the Pastoral Epistles.

Knight, George W. The Pastoral Epistles: A Commentary on the Greek Text. NIGTC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1992. Still one of the very best evangelical commentaries on the epistles, by a Reformed scholar. Defends Pauline authorship while arguing that Luke may have been Paul’s amanuensis.

Köstenberger, Andreas J., and Terry L. Wilder, eds. Entrusted with the Gospel: Paul’s Theology in the Pastoral Epistles. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2010. Evangelical scholarly essays engaging current issues in the criticism and interpretation of the Pastoral Epistles.

Marshall, I. Howard, with Philip H. Towner. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles. ICC. London: T&T Clark International, 2006. Excellent commentary by the moderately evangelical, eminent British NT scholar Marshall, in collaboration with one of the top scholars on the Pastoral Epistles.

Mounce, William D. Pastoral Epistles. WBC 46. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2000. One of the best commentaries on the epistles, by a conservative evangelical NT scholar (best known for his work in teaching Greek).

Ngewa, Samuel. 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. Africa Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan/HippoBooks, 2009. Offers a helpful non-Western perspective on the church issues addressed in the Pastoral Epistles.

Schreiner, Thomas R. Interpreting the Pastoral Epistles. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011. Not a commentary, but a kind of handbook on interpretation using the Pastoral Epistles as examples; covers the genre of the letters, textual criticism, translation, historical and critical issues, grammatical and lexical study, analyzing the argument, and interpreting the epistles’ theology.

Towner, Philip H. The Letters to Timothy and Titus. NICNT. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006. Towner, an evangelical scholar and leading expert on the Pastoral Epistles, defends Paul’s authorship and exegetes the epistles in detailed engagement with modern scholarship in what may be the longest commentary on the Pastoral Epistles in print.


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