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REVIEW OF J. B. LIGHTFOOT'S COMMENTARIES ON 2ND CORINTHIANS AND 1ST PETER

06/01/2017

REVIEW OF J. B. LIGHTFOOT’S COMMENTARY ON THE EPISTLES OF 2ND CORINTHIANS AND 1ST PETER; edited by Ben Witherington and Todd Still; IVP; 2016

IVP is to be praised for bringing out the last of three volumes of unpublished works by the 19th century New Testament scholar, J(ames) B (arber) Lightfoot. In 2014 (Gospel of John), 2015 (The Acts of the Apostles) and recently in 2016 (Epistles of 2nd Corinthians and 1st Peter) publications made the Lightfoot corpus complete. Thanks to the labors and contacts of Ben Witherington (Asbury Seminary) and Todd Still (Baylor University), the three volume Lightfoot legacy volumes are brought to press.

In the 19th century, the scholarly triumvirate of J. B. Lightfoot, F. J. A. Hort and B. F. Westcott ruled British New Testament scholarship. They have been credited as keeping the full corrosive nature of German critical scholarship from overwhelming the English churches.
Their erudition and scholarship both in the biblical languages and the early Christian Mediterranean world was unmatched.

Both the volume on John’s gospel and the volume on the Acts of the Apostles were largely notes that were easily expanded into full blown commentaries. The notes for this volume were less developed and had to be supplemented by the addition of reviews, sermons, essays and such. Some reviewers have criticized the padding of the volume with things not strictly commentary. But Lightfoot was such a fount of biblical and early church information that this reviewer does not mind that we do not have all of Lightfoot on 2nd Corinthians and 1st Peter. I am thankful we have him at all. And while the additions that are not strictly commentary are not of equal weight, they are nonetheless ‘Lightfoot’ and can be edifying for those with ears to hear!

STEVE MARTIN
Pastor in Atlanta for 31 years
National Coordinator for the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA)
Dean of Students; IRBS Theological Seminary; Texas
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