Explore Paul's three letters to Timothy and Titus within their historical, religious, and cultural settings with Philip Towner's seminal commentary The Letters to Timothy and Titus [NICNT] covering 1&2 Timothy and, of course, Titus.
Highlighting the wealth and breadth of modern scholarship and its vast diversity of perspectives on these books, Towner marshals well-argued, reasonable, and compelling evidence in support of Pauline authorship.
He sets out the rationale underwriting his historical approach, questions certain assumptions of recent critical scholarship, and establishes the uniqueness and individuality of each letter. With a superb translation of the Greek text and thorough footnotes, bibliographies, and indices, this addition to the NICNT continues its reputation for scholarly integrity, incisive analysis, and biblical faithfulness and as such is an excellent reference for pastors, students, and scholars.
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Review 1 for The Letters to Timothy and Titus: New International Commentary on the New Testament [NICNT]
Towner has done a marvellous job in this commentary. This is probably the most exhaustive commentary on the pastorals with more than 900 pages. The arguments are well reasoned and his conclusions worthy of consideration.
I gave it 4 stars simply because it is not as clearly written as Mounce's commentary and his egalitarian presuppositions are read into 1 Timothy 2:9-15. Mounce's exegesis is more solid.
Other than that, this is a great commentary on the Pastorals.
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Review 2 for The Letters to Timothy and Titus: New International Commentary on the New Testament [NICNT]
Towner had already spent many years wrestling with these epistles prior to the completion of this book. He was involved in the production of Marshall's commentary and had written his own full-length commentary in the IVP series. So it is no surprise to find that his NIC work reflects such a high level of competence. The introduction is very detailed and very helpful as is the commentary proper. In many ways this is written in the tradition of Kelly, Guthrie, and Fee, but the space provided allows for a much more in-depth analysis. And while the work of others serves as a foundation for much of what is found here, Towner clearly presents an independent approach as well. Particularly helpful are the remarks concerning the need to examine the Pastoral Epistles individually in addition to considering them as a unit. This is an excellent work and is well worth the price. I recommend it highly.