The manuscript for my commentary, Reading Paul's Letters to Individuals: A Literary and Theological Commentary on the Letters to Philemon, Titus, and Timothy
, is officially in the mail to Smyth and Helwys.
S&H expects the commentary to be available in October, just in time for SBL. Maybe I'll need to go to Boston after all.
This is the commentary that Glenn Hinson was supposed to write, then Marty Soards. Both ended up not filling the contract. Then Hulitt Gloer wrote a manuscript, but was not able to finish it for health reasons.
So in January--you may recall--the editor of the series, Charles Talbert (who was my doctorfather at Baylor) asked if I could finish Gloer's manuscript. And I've spent the last few months doing so.
I'd originally hoped to have 300 - 325 double spaced pages, and ended up with 425: OUCH! Did I type all that stuff?
What's innovative or fresh about the commentary? Two things, off the top of my head:
First, it is a scholarly commentary, interacting extensively with primary sources (Philo and Josephus, especially) and cutting-edge secondary sources (e.g., Bruce Winter's work on the new Roman woman), BUT
the exposition is aimed at preachers and teachers. This would be the first commentary I would recommend for people who want to preach these letters.
Second, this is the first commentary on the Pastorals to take into account the role that succession plays in these letters.