For the longest time Murray Harris’ commentary on Colossians and Philemon has been the only commentary produced under the Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament series with B&H. But the wait is finally over. This month B&H has released the next book in the series on James by Chris A. Vlachos.
You can check out a 53 page pdf of the book which includes the table of contents, introduction and notes on 1:1-4.
While endorsements for a book like this are almost unnecessary, as the book will probably sell itself, here is a list nonetheless:
“Chris Vlachos has accomplished a remarkable feat: surveying and excerpting the best introduc
tory, grammatical, and exegetical positions of modern commentators on James, evaluating them judiciously, creating detailed exegetical and briefer homiletical outlines, and inserting comprehensive bibliographies for every section and topic raised by the letter en route. This will be a welcome resource for every preacher and serious student of this magnificent little New Testament book.”
Craig L. Blomberg, Denver Seminary
“The study of Greek for New Testament study has fallen on hard times in many circles, but these exegetical guides on the New Testament and this one on James in particular show why knowing Greek is so important to scriptural study. This volume is judicious and clear in treating the issues the text of James raises. So if you need a linguistic pick-me-up, this study by Chris Vlachos is exactly what the doctor ordered.”
Darrell Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary
“Here is the grammatical and linguistic guide that can help one understand James no matter what one’s level of Greek. Here are the outlines and the bibliographies that can lead one deeper. I will surely recommend this guide to my students and other Greek readers interested in James.”
Peter H. Davids, Houston Baptist University
“If you like Zerwick’s Grammatical Analysis (and I do), then you will love this volume. It is Zerwick on steroids. Each Greek construction is thoroughly analyzed. A very helpful resource. I plan to use it as a required text for my Greek exegesis of James class. A wonderful volume in what is certain to become a classic reference series.”
Robert L. Plummer, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Many students and pastors have a desire to study and teach from the Greek New Testament, but need help in understanding grammar and syntax. Vlachos’s commentary on James sifts carefully and wisely through the grammar in the letter. Students and scholars will both profit from his work, and the book also has fine bibliographies so that readers are pointed to where they can do further study.”
Thomas R. Schreiner, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“This outstanding volume opens up the Letter of James for students and pastors who have some knowledge of Greek. It features clear organization, concise wording, copious bibliographies, and comprehensive coverage of many exegetical questions. Both what Vlachos writes and how he goes about his labor will inform readers and make them better exegetes. If you want to know what scholars make of James, buy their commentaries. If you want to be equipped to learn what you should make of James based on the Greek text, buy this book.”
Robert W. Yarbrough, Covenant Theological Seminary