Epistles of Thomas

May 31, 2008

List of forthcoming commentaries

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I discovered this list of forthcoming commentaries today. It is a little dated (two years ago) and some of them have been released already but it begins with a helpful list of all current commentary series. On the whole it demonstrates what a wondrous ability Christians have at producing more commentaries on the same 66 books year after year for centuries! I discovered a couple I hadn’t heard of before including Asia Bible Commentary whose purpose is:

…to enable readers to understand the Scriptures in their own context and to interpret and apply them to the plurality of Asian cultures in which they live and work.

The series is designed for use by pastors in their expository ministry of preaching, teaching and counselling, by teachers and students in their theological studies, and by men and women who lead small groups in churches and homes.

Hopefully the commentaries don’t contain such sentences ;). Another series I was previously unfamiliar with is Paideia from Baker. Its first volume on Ephesians and Colossians was released in November. This is its focus:

This series approaches each text in its final, canonical form, proceeding by sense units rather than word-by-word or verse-by-verse. Each sense unit is explored in three sections: (1) introductory matters, (2) tracing the train of thought, (3) key hermeneutical and theological questions. The commentaries shed fresh light on the text while avoiding idiosyncratic readings, attend to theological meaning without presuming a specific theological stance in the reader, and show how the text uses narrative and rhetorical strategies from the ancient educational context to form and shape the reader. Professors, graduate and seminary students, and pastors will benefit from this readable commentary, as will theological libraries.

It’s nice to think that everyone will have a reason for buying it. I have to confess I am a little leery whenever a book or series claims to be all things to all people as both of these do. Of course, the Bible is all things to all people at all times so perhaps it is possible!

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