Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Nov 19, 2003 - Religion - 1629 pages
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No one familiar with the Bible needs to be told that it is a truly remarkable work. But it takes help to understand this ancient collection of diverse forms of literature written by different people across many centuries. The Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible (ECB) is the finest, most up-to-date single-volume Bible handbook now available.Written by world-class Bible scholars, the ECB encapsulates in nontechnical language the best of modern scholarship on the sixty-six biblical books plus the Apocrypha. The only one-volume Bible commentary to cover all the texts (even including 1 Enoch) regarded by one or more Christian churches as canonical, the ECB provides reader-friendly treatments and succinct summaries of each section of the text that will be valuable to scholars, students and general readers alike.The primary objective of this work is to clarify the meaning of each section of the Bible. Rather than attempting a verse-by-verse analysis (virtually impossible in a one-volume work), the ECB focuses on principal units of meaning -- narrative, parable, prophetic oracle, section of argument, and so on -- highlighting their interconnectedness with the rest of the biblical text. The volume also addresses and answers major issues -- including the range of possible interpretations -- and refers readers to the best fuller discussions. Beyond providing reliable, informative commentary, this hefty volume also includes thirteen introductory and context-setting articles that do justice to the biblical documents both as historical sources and as scriptures. The sixty-seven contributors to the ECB come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are acknowledged leaders in the field of biblical studies. Their contributions stand out either for their fresh interpretations of the evidence, or for their way of asking new questions of the text, or for their new angles of approach. While the translation of choice is the New Revised Standard Version, many of the contributors offer their own vivid translations of the original Hebrew or Greek.Cutting-edge, comprehensive, and ecumenical, the ECB is both a fitting climax to the rich body of interconfessional work undertaken in the latter part of the twentieth century and a worthy launching pad for biblical study in the twenty-first.Special features of the ECB


  • The only one-volume commentary to cover all the texts (including the Apocrypha and 1 Enoch) regarded as canonical
     
  • Thirteen major essays that introduce each section of Scripture and its study
     
  • Encapsulates in nontechnical language the best of modern scholarship
     
  • Includes superb bibliographies and an extensive subject index
     
  • Written by sixty-seven first-rate Bible scholars
     
  • Designed for use by scholars, students, pastors, and general readers
     
 

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User Review  - David Boelter Sr - Christianbook.com

Eerdmans is a very good commentary to use,excellent to use as the handbook. So far it has explaned & answered every thing I have needed to know, how ever, I also believe that there are other ... Read full review

User Review  - Alesha - Christianbook.com

This is lay person friendly without being overly technical. The articles are easy to read and the passage interpretations are well prepared and thought out. After the interpretation, the historical ... Read full review

Contents

Greek Esther
758
The Wisdom of Solomon
763
Sirach
779
Baruch
799
Additions to Daniel
803
1 Maccabees
807
2 Maccabees
831
1 Esdras
851

Deuteronomy
153
Joshua
174
Judges
190
Ruth
208
1 and 2 Samuel
213
1 and 2 Kings
246
1 and 2 Chronicles
282
Ezra
313
Nehemiah
320
Esther
329
Job
337
The Psalms
364
Proverbs
437
Ecclesiastes
467
Song of Songs
474
Introduction to Prophetic Literature
482
Isaiah
489
Jeremiah
543
Lamentations
617
Ezekiel
623
Daniel
665
Hosea
676
Joel
686
Amos
690
Obadiah
696
Jonah
699
Micah
703
Nahum
708
Habakkuk
710
Zephaniah
715
Haggai
718
Zechariah
721
Malachi
730
Tobit
736
Judith
748
The Prayer of Manasseh
859
Psalm 151
862
3 Maccabees
865
2 Esdras
876
4 Maccabees
888
Introduction to the Pseudepigrapha
902
1 Enoch
904
The Hebrew Bible in the Dead Sea Scrolls
942
New Testament
950
to the New Testament Tradition
972
Introduction to the Gospels
989
Matthew
1000
Mark
1064
Luke
1104
John
1161
Acts
1213
1 Corinthians
1314
Galatians
1374
Ephesians
1385
Philippians
1394
Colossians
1404
1 and 2 Thessalonians
1413
Pastoral Epistles
1428
Philemon
1447
Hebrews
1451
James
1483
1 Peter
1493
2 Peter
1504
1 2 and 3 John
1512
Jude
1529
Revelation
1535
The New Testament Apocrypha
1573
The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament
1577
Index
1587
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Widely regarded as one of the foremost scholars in the world today on the thought and writings of St. Paul, JamesD. G. Dunn is Lightfoot Professor Emeritus of Divinity at the University of Durham in England.

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