• I consider this a fringe commentary as Courson introduces alternative exegetical meaning to make a point not necessarily held in the scriptural context. Courson takes a stretched path to interpret 'apostasia' in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 as a physical departure from 'truth' which in context is not the meaning. The Apostle Paul says in Second Corinthians verse 11:25, "Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one." Courson attributes Paul's account as a beating of thirty-nine lashes being enough to kill a man—which is not only inaccurate, but completely wrong! The correct reason Paul received forty lashes—or stripes—less one is because Deuteronomy 25:3 specifies no more than forty lashes. To be sure the law would not be violated or at risk of being violated by a miscount, the rabbinical rule became forty lashes minus one. Thus the law is stated that forty lashes is met, but not broken, and Paul was stating the exact rabbinical rule. The brutality of a scourge attributed to Paul's flogging account as particularly deadly on the premise that receiving a full forty lashes would cause death is wrong because the Romans used such devices for torture, but the Jews did not. The Jewish flog was made of three strands of calfskin so that a count of thirteen strikes would equal thirty nine lashes. I am unable to give confidence to a work that borders on eisegesis and disregards background accuracy.
    1. This 3d edition is missing much in the way of annotations than the 4th edition. As an example in 1 Cor 12:12-26, this version only says, "The well-known analogy between the human body and the body politic"—what analogy? The 4th edition says, "Paul’s metaphor of the church as a body is derived from Greco-Roman political discourse, where the figure functioned to urge concord. In the well-known fable of Menenius Agrippa, the Roman senator compared a strike by the common people to a revolt of the hands, mouth, and teeth against the belly, resulting in the death of the body. In ancient politics, the body analogy was essentially conservative, portraying the established order as 'natural.' Paul uses the metaphor subversively to question conventional assumptions about status and honor."
      1. This intends to take a stance of defending homosexuality by attacking Scripture as uncertain about homosexuality and conclusions about homosexuality based on Scripture are unwarranted. I give this a middle of the road rating as it gives a portrait of distorted thinking when a biased mind chooses to defend sin. However, if this is intended to change the mind of Christians toward an acceptance of sinful behavior into the ranks of Christianity then it is an offense to the church and to Christ himself.
        1. I was thinking the same exact thing!!
      2. Wow! The few volumes I've gotten to help with seminary and supporting a biblical theological perspective have proven invaluable. There are lots of detailed cross references and masterfully develops Scripture interpreting Scripture. I'm loving it.
        1. This work has duplicataion of the content found in the Staats volumes, "The Person and Work of Christ Collection (15 vols.)"
          1. This work is a duplicate of the content found in the Staats volumes, "The Person and Work of Christ Collection (15 vols.)"
            1. I'm finding this to be a tremendously valuable resource for biblical theology study and the redemptive flow of Christ through the Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. The books are complementary to each other where one volume is a basic flow from one point to the next and another volume will go through the Scripture word for word. Sounds tedious, but in actuality is easy to understand and offers a way of satisfying clarity.
              1. When I got the Logos digital version I gave away my print version. For me, this commentary has been a standard; my go-to for history, explanation, insight, homiletic and exposition. What I like most is it being from a time of conservatism that is preserved in the Pulpit Commentary. Within is insight into the thought of the day when respect was a real thing, gender wasn't questioned and the Church was a true place of worship.