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Historical Commentary on First Corinthians

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William M. Ramsay

As a writer and scholar whose career spanned the latter part of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century, Sir William Ramsay's keen insights into first-century culture and geography have always been valued by biblical scholars of succeeding generations. While some of Ramsay's more widely known works are available in reprint editions, his journal and periodical articles have largely been lost to the general Christian reader.

Now for the first time in book form, Ramsay's series of articles on First Corinthians are once again available. The original studies, which appeared in the Expositor in 1900 and 1901, have been prepared for publication by Mark Wilson. The text has been edited for continuity and changes in terminology without altering the essential content of Ramsay's work.

"My debt to the writings of Sir William Ramsay.... I am repeatedly amazed by scholars of a later date who seem unaware of the contributions of peculiar value which he made to certain areas of New Testament study." - F.F. Bruce

About the Authors:

SIR WILLIAM M. RAMSAY (1851-1939) studied at Aberdeen and Oxford and served as the first professor of classical art and archaeology at Oxford. At the turn of the century, he engaged in extensive exploration of the antiquities of Turkey and contributed a great deal to the study of classical archaeology, geography, and New Testament studies. His studies of ancient culture and geography changed his own opinion of the New Testament and convinced him of the accuracy of Luke's writings. His best-known works are St. Paul the Traveller and Roman Citizen, Historical Commentary on Galations, and The Letters to the Seven Churches.

MARK WILSON is adjunct professor of New Testament at Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA. He is the editor/contributor for Spirit and Renewal: Essays in Honor of J. Rodman Williams and the revising editor for William M. Ramsay's The Letters to the Seven Churches. He is also general editor of the "Living By the Book" discipleship curriculum.

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