Professor Hering was Professor Emeritus of the University of Strasbourg, where for many years had been a famous Protestant New Testament scholar. His wide philosophical interests include ethics and phenomenology, and he was well known as a contributor to the Revue d'historie et de philosophie religieuse. His commentary on La second epitre de saint Paul aux Corinthiens appeared in 1958, and in 1959 the new edition of his Le royaume de Dieu et sa venue. But this work is the first to be translated into English, and a lifetime of New Testament study lies behind it. At Professor Hering's request a new English translation of the text of the Epistle has been prepared, which embodies the conclusions reached in the critical notes of the commentary. The body of the commentary is intelligible to the general reader, and the footnotes, in which much rich scholarship is garnered, are richly rewarding to the scholar and student. Knowledge of Greek is not essential; Greek words are transliterated into English letters, and generally are at once translated.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"There can be no doubt that here is a commentary of first-class importance worthy to be studied alongside those of A. Robertson and A. Plummer (I.C.C.) and G. G. Findlay (E.G.T.)" -- Expository Times
". . . the commentary is very thorough and the passages of exegesis are full and informative . . ." -- Theology
"There has been available no commentary on this New Testament book, which is of equal quality . . . the book is a 'must' for all students of the New Testament." -- London Quarterly & Holborn Review
"The translation . . . provides in modest compass probably the best commentary on I Corinthians now available in English." -- Hibbert
Jean Hering A. W. Heathcote P. J. Allcock
Professor Jean Hering, who died in February 1966, had been intimately connected with the Protestant Faculty of Theology at the University of Strasbourg for thirty years. The originality and profundity of his learning made him one of the most influential of its scholars. In earlier years he had specialized in philology. He had been also an ardent, though not uncritical, disciple of Husserl and always retained an interest in phenomenology. For a time he had occupied a Chair of Ethics, prior to his Chair of Theology. Until is death he was a Joint Director of the internationally famous Revue d'histoire et de philosophie religieuses, to which he made frequent contributions.