Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Volume: JETS 19:1 (Winter 1976)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Book Reviews

The Tyndale New Testament Commentaries:
A Review Article

With the appearance of Leon Morris’ commentary on the Gospel of Luke, the well-known series of Tyndale New Testament commentaries stands completed. It is appropriate now to take stock of the series as a whole and to assess what strengths and weaknesses may be evidenced. Although we shall be forced to do this in rather general terms, we shall have occasion to speak of the volumes individually and conclude with some general comments about the series.

It is perhaps worth saying at the outset that the Tyndale commentaries drew their name from Tyndale Press (not Tyndale House of Wheaton), the publishing arm of what was formerly the Inter-Varsity Fellowship of Great Britain (now officially named Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship). The series, which has been concurrently published in this country by Eerdmans, is exclusively the product of British scholarship (if we may extend that designation to include Australia and New Zealand).

From its inception in 1956 to its completion in 1974, the series has been under the editorship of the distinguished R. V. G. Tasker, professor emeritus of New Testament exegesis at the University of London, who himself authored four of the twenty volumes (James, 2 Cor., John, Matt.). We can only regard ourselves as fortunate in that a lion’s share of the series has gone to Tasker and Leon Morris, principal of Ridley College, Melbourne, who also authored four volumes in the series, including the last two to appear (1 and 2 Thess., 1 Cor., Rev., Luke). (It should be noted that for various reasons Tasker had taken Matthew on reassignment as did Morris the commentary on Luke.) Only one

other person authored more than one volume in the series, namely R. A. Cole, lecturer at Moore Theological College, Sydney (Mark, Galatians). The remaining ten volumes include well-known names: D. Guthrie (Pastoral Epistles), A.M. Stibbs (1 Peter), E. M. Blaiklock (Acts), R. P. Martin (Philippians), F. F. Bruce (Romans), J. R. W. Stott (Epistles of John), and E. M. B. Green (2 Peter and Jude), as well as a few lesser-known names: H. M. Carson (Colossians and Philemon), T. Hewitt (Hebrews), and F. Foulkes (Ephesians). The series as it stands is thus the product of 13 scholars and extends across an 18-year time span. The commentaries have, of course, enjoyed widespread popularity, both in Great Britain and in the U.S.A., and have gone through numerous reprintings, although hitherto without any revision of the original editions.

As expressed in the editor’s general preface (which remains the same until the last volume), the primary concern of the series is to present exegetical commentar...

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