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Keeping Up With The Köstenbergers

August 8, 2007

Andreas Köstenberger is a NT Professor at Southeastern Baptist Seminary. I believe God gifts some men to be supernaturally productive for his Kingdom and I believe Köstenberger is one of those men. I had a discussion one time with one of my New Testament profs in undergraduate about him and he said this about Köstenberger, “Andreas scares me. The man is so productive. I wait until my sabbatical to seriously take time to write. Andreas waits until he gets to his office.” Here are some of my favorite books and resources by the man:

John (BECNT)

In the commentary proper, each exegetical unit is introduced and translated by the author. A full verse-by-verse exposition is followed by additional notes of a more technical nature. Throughout the commentary, Köstenberger interacts with the best recent scholarship and presents his conclusions in an accessible manner. When dealing with particularly problematic sections, he considers the full range of suggested interpretations drawn from a broad spectrum of commentators before offering his own understanding.

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God, Marriage & Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation

Publisher Review: We live in a time of crisis regarding marriage and the family, and only by a return to the biblical foundation can these institutions be rebuilt. To provide an integrated, biblical treatment of the full range of marriage and family issues, the authors of God, Marriage, and Family examine what Scripture says about God’s purposes for humans in their marriage and family interactions. Their examination covers the special issues stemming from marriage, childrearing, singleness, homosexuality, and divorce and remarriage. With study questions and points for further discussion, this book is a comprehensive yet concise resource for anyone seeking a Scriptural response to our culture’s complex challenges to God’s intentions for marriage and family.

Book Sudy Concordance Of The Greek New Testament

George Guthrie Review: This tool has several strengths. First, it is computer generated, based on the 27th edition of the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece. With computer generation comes greater precision, a higher degree of accuracy, an orientation to the most recent editions of the New Testament text, and thus a stronger foundation for statistical analysis. For example, William Lane, in his monumental commentary on Hebrews, follows the older work of Morgenthaler, noting there are 1,038 different words in the book and 169 that occur only in Hebrews. Yet, The Book Study Concordance presents the total vocabulary at 1,030 and there are 157 different words listed as accounting for 100% of occurrences in the New Testament (counting multiple occurrences, there are 170). Both Ellingworth and Attridge depend on Spicq’s two-volume commentary for their vocabulary data, but the latter inadvertently omitted several terms, and the list presented in Ellingworth’s commentary (pp. 12-13) has errors, such as the inclusion of Salmwvn rather than Salhvm.

Here is the scary thing. It seems as if Dr. Köstenberger has given this productive gene to his daughters. You might finish reading this and wonder what exactly have you accomplished in your life.

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