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The Pastoral Epistles

A Commentary on the Greek Text

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New Testament scholar Stanley Porter offers a comprehensive commentary on the Pastoral Epistles that features rigorous biblical scholarship and emphasizes Greek language and linguistics.

This book breaks new ground in its interpretation of the Pastoral Epistles by focusing on the Greek text and utilizing a linguistically informed exegetical method that draws on various elements in contemporary language study. Porter pays attention to the overall argument of each book while also delving into the semantics and lexicogrammar to tease out the textual meaning. Attentive to the history of scholarship on these three controversial works, the commentary addresses the major exegetical issues that arise in numerous highly disputed passages and offers innovative answers to traditional exegetical problems. Professors, students, and scholars of the New Testament will value this substantive work.


"Porter's commentary on the Pastoral Epistles is one of the most, if not the most, detailed grammatical commentaries on the Greek text. This commentary exhibits Porter's signature approach to systemic functional linguistics and offers a plethora of new insights for scholarly discussion."

Craig S. Keener, F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

"If Mount Rushmore honored great and recent English-language commentaries on the Pastorals, alongside the works of I. Howard Marshall, Philip Towner, and Gerald Bray would now appear this offering by Stanley E. Porter. Through rigorous application of Formal Systemic Functional Grammar, Porter sets forth a reading that will provoke and inform constructive discussion for years to come, not least because of conclusive arguments advanced for Pauline authorship."

Robert W. Yarbrough, professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

The Author

  1. Stanley E. Porter

    Stanley E. Porter

    Stanley E. Porter (PhD, University of Sheffield) is president, dean, professor of New Testament, and Roy A. Hope Chair in Christian Worldview at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario. A prolific scholar, he has authored, coauthored, or edited...

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