Old Testament Library Commentary Series | Reviews, Purpose, Volumes

Reviews of the Old Testament Library Bible Commentary Series

old testament library bible commentary seriesJohn Goldingay (Fuller Theological Seminary) on the Daniel volume:

“Carol Newsom’s work is a worthy successor to Norman Porteous’s volume on Daniel, one of the great commentaries in the original Old Testament Library. Whereas Porteous wrote against the background of the biblical theology movement, Dr Newsom writes against the background of post-colonial study and interest in reception history, and her commentary is aware of those approaches to interpretation (it was an excellent move to get Brennan Breed to provide substantial studies of each chapter’s reception history). Traditional critical questions about history and language also get thorough and judicious consideration. Serious students of Daniel in our twenty-first century context will profit hugely from this commentary.”

John J. Collins (Yale Divinity School) on the Daniel volume:

“This literate and learned book is the first major commentary on Daniel of the twenty-first century. It is distinguished from previous commentaries by the extensive treatment of the history of reception, but it also provides an informed and engaging treatment of the book in its ancient historical context.”

Purpose of the Old Testament Library Commentary Series

The Old Testament Library provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The contributors are scholars of international standing.

Author interviews from the New Testament Library series on Best Bible Commentaries

Jerry Sumney – Colossians

Preview: “One of the most edifying things was the constant insistence on the certainty of forgiveness and relationship with God that we have in Christ. The poetic material in 1:15-20 gives its vision of the exalted place of Christ as assurance that we have forgiveness and that any decree against us is removed because of the work of Christ. Just as the Colossians were being taught that they needed other experiences for that full relationship with God, so we sometimes feel that we need something more. One of the central themes of Colossians is that we fully have life with God, beginning now, because of and in Christ.”

Brian Blount – Revelation

Preview: “It is my hope that the commentary can be beneficial for all Christians. The primary audience consists of pastors, students, and professors. But I believe that it can also be useful for Christians who are interested in learning more about the Book of Revelation. I have used the research in many church contexts of adult education across the years. The material has been enthusiastically received.

Purpose of the Old Testament Library Bible Commentary series

old testament library bible commentary seriesFrom the publisher: “The Old Testament Library series provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The contributors are scholars of international standing. The editorial board consists of William P. Brown, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia; Carol A. Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia; and Brent A. Strawn, Professor of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.”

Volumes in the Interpretation series

Genesis – Gerhard von Rad

The Book of Exodus – Brevard Childs

Leviticus – Erhard S. Gerstenberger

Numbers – Martin Noth

Deuteronomy – Richard D. Nelson

old testament library bible commentary seriesJoshua – Richard D. Nelson

Judges – Susan Niditch

Ruth – Kirsten Nielsen

I and II Samuel – A. Graeme Auld

I and II Kings – Marvin A. Sweeney

I and II Chronicles – Sara Japhet

Ezra-Nehemiah – Joseph Blenkinsopp

Esther – Jon D. Levenson

The Book of Job – Norman Habel

The Psalms – Artur Weiser

Proverbs – Richard Clifford

Ecclesiastes – James L. Crenshaw

Song of Songs – J. Cheryl Exum

Isaiah 1-12 – Otto Kaiser

Isaiah 13-39 – Otto Kaiser

Isaiah 40-66 – Claus Westermann

Isaiah – Brevard S. Childs

old testament library bible commentary seriesJeremiah – Leslie C. Allen

Lamentations – Adele Berlin

Ezekiel – Walther Eichrodt

Daniel – Carol A. Newsom

Hosea – James Mays

Joel and Obadiah – John Barton

Amos – Jorg Jeremias

Jonah – James Limburg

Micah – James L. Mays

Micah – Daniel L. Smith-Christopher

Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah – J. J.M. Roberts

Haggai and Zechariah 1-8 – David L. Petersen

Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi – David L. Petersen

Exile and Restoration – Peter R. Ackroyd

A History of Israelite Religion in the Old Testament Period, Volume I: From the Beginnings to the End of the Monarchy – Rainer Albertz

A History of Israelite Religion in the Old Testament Period, Volume II: From the Exile to the Maccabees – Rainer Albertz

Introduction to the Old Testament – J. Alberto Soggin

Jewish Wisdom in the Hellenistic Age – John J. Collins

Old Testament Theology, Volume I – Horst Dietrich Preuss

Old Testament Theology, Volume II – Horst Dietrich Preuss

Theology of the Old Testament, Volume One – Walther Eichrodt

Theology of the Old Testament, Volume Two – Walther Eichrodt


Also see:

New Testament Library

Bible Commentary Series (index)

New Testament commentaries (index)

Old Testament commentaries (index)