Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry
Volume: JBTM 13:2 (Fall 2016)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Electronic Edition Editor’s Note: The footnote numberings have been reordered in the electronic text to co-exist within one file. However, within the text of each footnote the original numbering (restarting with each book review) is retained for citation purposes of the print version.

1 Peter. By Greg W. Forbes. Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament. Nashville: B&H, 2014. 232 pages. Paperback, $24.99.

Those who are familiar with the previous volumes in Broadman and Holman’s Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament know that reading one of these volumes is like having a private Greek tutor sitting by one’s side ready to explain all the salient points of the Greek text. Our tutor for 1 Peter is Greg W. Forbes, serves as lecturer in Greek, hermeneutics, and New Testament at Melbourne School of Theology in Australia.

As a guide, Forbes enables his readers to navigate through the Greek text of 1 Peter, helping them with text-critical issues, parsing, lexical issues, syntax, and interpretation. A benefit to reading this type of book is that Forbes not only presents his understanding of the text, he also examines other translations. The differences between these translations may seem trivial at first glance, but Forbes helps his readers understand why these minor variations in understanding sometimes have significant theological importance. Forbes deftly guides his readers down the path of evaluating these interpretations so they can arrive at the right understanding and translation of the text.

Forbes offers readers a quick overview of the material and its structure, followed by a discussion of each phrase or clause. Each section then provides a detailed analysis of the text and possible alternative translations found in the major commentaries and English translations. Forbes then takes his reader through the reasoning process to show why one translation is superior. While one may not always agree with his conclusions, one should find his survey and critique of the possible interpretations enlightening.

Forbes’s book will not be the last stop on the journey to understanding 1 Peter, but it should be one of the first. Although the volumes in the Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament are not intended as replacements for other types of commentaries (e.g., contrast Forbes’ introduction to 1 Peter of slightly more than three pages long with others that are 20– 50 pages in length), they go beyond the intricacies of the Greek text to explain some customs and ideas needed to understand the structure and the meaning of the text. For example, Forbes has two paragraphs explaining the idea of household code...

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