First Corinthians Joseph A. Fitzmyer

The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries
Publication date:
03 Sep 2008
Yale University Press
688 pages: 235 x 156 x 48mm
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This new translation of First Corinthians includes an introduction and extensive commentary that has been composed to explain the religious meaning of this Pauline epistle. Joseph Fitzmyer discusses all the usual introductory problems associated with the epistle, including issues of its authorship, time of composition, and purpose, and he also presents a complete outline.


The author analyzes the epistle, pericope by pericope, discussing the meaning of each one in a comment and explaining details in the notes. The book supplies a bibliography on the various passages and problems for readers who wish to investigate further, and useful indexes complete the volume. First Corinthians will be of interest to general readers who wish to learn more about the Pauline letters, and also to pastors, college and university teachers, graduate students studying the Bible, and professors of Biblical studies.

Joseph A. Fitzmyer is a Jesuit priest and professor emeritus, Biblical Studies, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. He has edited and published numerous books on the New Testament, ancient Aramaic, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and he has served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Society for New Testament Study. He lives in Washington, DC.

"This is a measured, erudite work with all the hallmarks of a seasoned scholar drawing upon a lifetime of research and writing." —Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

"This noteworthy addition to the Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries is destined to join the elite of scholarly commentaries on I Corinthians.  It provides thorough analysis and well-researched, careful examination of virtually all issues.  The entire work reflects the author's wide-ranging knowledge of classical, biblical, extrabiblical, and scholarly literature." —Roger Mohrlang, Theology Today

"This commentary will take its place as perhaps one of the best historical and literary works on 1 Corinthians and a worthy companion to the Anchor Bible commentary on 2 Corinthians."—Wendell Willis, Restoration Quarterly