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Witherington III, Ben
1 and 2 Thessalonians. A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary.
Grand Rapids-Cambridge: Eerdmans 2006. XXXI, 286 S. gr.8°. Kart. US$ 30,00. ISBN 978-0-8028-2836-1.
Ben Witherington III is one of the most productive Biblical scholars today. In the series of »socio-rhetorical commentaries«, he has produced seven volumes this far. The commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians is the shortest one, yet comprising of 300 pages.
Overall, W. has an admirable ability to write academic studies which are easy to understand. It is not usual that you can read a commentary from the beginning to the end without a break. Yet, the text is informative and contains numerous details. W. discusses several crucial questions concerning the Thessalonian correspondence and penetrates some particular exegetical questions as well. All this is done so that even a first year student can easily follow the argumentation. Most of the text is not superficial or too popular for ...
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