When my copy of Gordon D. Fee’s IVP commentary on the Epistle to the Philippians arrived I was asked what the difference is from the NIC commentary. Fee describes the difference in the Author’s Preface (p. 9-10) so I thought I’d share part of his answer here:
More years ago now than I should be willing to admit, Jim Hoover, my former student who had become editor with InterVarsity Press, invited me to edit a new series of commentaries that IVP was interested in publishing. I was writing my 1 Corinthians commentary (New International Commentary series) at the time, so wisdom dictated that I decline. But when pressed at least to contribute a volume, I agreed, “as long as it is one of Paul’s shorter letters!” So we agreed that I should undertake the Philippians volume in the series.
A few years later I was approached by Eerdmans Publishing Company to succeed F.F. Bruce as editor of the New International Commentary series. This time I agreed; but when the Philippians commentary in that series came open and the publishers approached me to write it, I faced a considerable dilemma. The editors of IVP graciously agreed to my request to write the NIC commentary first, and for this I owe them an enormous debt. Now the shoe is on the other foot; for it became clear in the process of writing the smaller version (what I came to fondly dub “Little Phil”) that it would be impossible for me not to repeat myself over and again. So now I am indebted to Eerdmans for their generosity in allowing me to use many of the words published elsewhere.
Fee goes on to explain (in 1999) that the two commentaries are s lot alike with the IVP version being more user friendly per se. This makes the IVP a useful addition to the NIC although according to Fee the basic content didn’t alter much.
His Philippians commentray in the NICNT is by far one of the best I have ever read !
Whoops, commentary! 😉
generally too the difference level of technicality – one has the Greek footnotes and such and one doesn’t. often it is the same text in the commentary, however.
Brian: That is kind of what I was alluding to (and Fee does allude to) in saying it is more user friendly. One major difference is the function of footnotes.
The ivp is a third of the price, would it be deep enough for preaching. Does it cover all the major issues like the larger commentary. Is there much difference between the two.
Thanks in advance.
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