Book Review: 1 Peter (EGGNT)

18113499Greg W. Forbes is the head of the Department of Biblical Studies at Melbourne School of Theology (MST) in Melbourne, Australia. Forbes teaches a number of important course at MST, including, New Testament Introduction, Greek and Intermediate Greek, Hermeneutics, as well as James and First Peter. Forbes received a B.Th. and M.Th. from Australian College of Theology, as well as a Ph.D. from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. In this contribution to the EGGNT series, the third volume, Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: 1 Peter (B&H Academic, 2014), Forbes demonstrates himself as a skilled exegete of the Greek text of 1 Peter and a competent scholar with pastoral sensitivity.

The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament series seeks to bridge the gap between the text of the Greek New Testament (UBS4) and the available lexical and grammatical resources being utilized by pastors and teachers today. Forbes begins, like the other volumes in the series, with a brief introduction on the epistle, including authorship (in which he affirms the Petrine authorship of the epistle), historical setting, and date. Unique to this volume is Forbes’ discussion on the use of the imperative and imperatival participles in 1 Peter. Both are helpful introductory discussions for the reader to overall thrust of the book. As the commentary on the epistle opens the reader is met with block diagramed Greek text that is then carried through on the clausal level and dissected in detail. Each unit of the commentary closes with a “For Further Study” section that includes a topically organized bibliography, as well as a “Homiletical Suggestions” segment which provides the reader with a number of text-derived preaching and teaching suggestions.

The benefits of this volume are many for the serious student of the epistle. First, Forbes isn’t going to tell the reader what to think about the text, but rather he is going to show the reader around the grammatical and exegetical landscape of current scholarship and guide their thinking amid the forest. Second, the reader will find Forbes’ Homiletical suggestions helpful, especially considering the practical nature of 1 Peter. Third, Forbes is concise and judicious in his interaction with the text. He shows himself as one who knows the landscape of the epistle well and gives the reader what is needed to navigate the Greek text of 1 Peter. Still, consulting with other commentaries on the epistle is going to remain a needed part in the student’s current workflow. However, now, this will occur more often after one has already consulted Forbes and established the text. In other words, Forbes has not sought to replace traditional commentaries, but rather prepare the reader for deeper discovery therein.  s

The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: 1 Peter by Greg W. Forbes is a welcomed addition to the grown EGGNT series. Forbes has displayed the excellence that this series requires and provided the reader with a gold mine of exegetical insights. If you are a pastor, teacher, student, or trained laymen interested in 1 Peter, Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: 1 Peter is a resource you will not want missing from your bookshelf.

I received an advance review copy of this book in exchange for and honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. 

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