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Westermann, Claus. Genesis. 3 Vols. CC. Fortress Press, 1994.
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I recommend Claus Westermann’s three-volume commentary on Genesis for those interested in a full range of discussion of critical issues, with emphasis on the European tradition of scholarship
Wenham, Gordon J. Genesis. 2 Vols. WBC. Thomas Nelson, 1987.
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5 5
Another example of a more in-depth critical and theological commentary
Alter, Robert. Genesis: Translation and Commentary. W. W. Norton & Company, 1997.
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5 5
Literary scholar Robert Alter’s Genesis, Translation and Commentary (Norton, 1996) offers a translation that seeks to keep close to the original Hebrew and a commentary with literary sensibilities.
Childs, Brevard S. Exodus. OTL. Westminster John Knox Press, 1974.
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. A standard critical and theological commentary on Exodus remains Brevard Childs, The Book of Exodus, Old Testament Library
Childs, Brevard S. Exodus. OTL. Westminster John Knox Press, 1974.
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. A standard critical and theological commentary on Exodus remains Brevard Childs, The Book of Exodus, Old Testament Library.Childs includes a full range of discussions on historical-critical matters, larger Old Testament context, New Testament context, and history of exegesis. It has weathered well over 30 years.
Brueggemann, Walter. “Exodus” in Genesis to Leviticus. NIB. Abingdon Press, 1994.
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Good theological commentaries include Walter Brueggemann, “Exodus” in The New Interpreter’s Bible, Volume 1 (Abingdon, 1994) and Terence Fretheim, Exodus, Interpretation (Westminster John Knox, 1991).
Fretheim, Terence E. Exodus. INT. Westminster John Knox Press, 1991.
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Good theological commentaries include Walter Brueggemann, “Exodus” in The New Interpreter’s Bible, Volume 1 (Abingdon, 1994) and Terence Fretheim, Exodus, Interpretation (Westminster John Knox, 1991).
Houtman, Cornelis. Exodus. 4 Vols. HCOT. Kok Pharos, 2002.
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5 5
For those desiring some very heavy-lifting in their study of the scholarship on Exodus. Excellent and detailed reviews of scholarship and history of interpretation.
Dozeman, Thomas B. Exodus. ECC. Eerdmans, 2009.
Princeton Seminary December 4, 2017
5 5
For those desiring more heavy-lifting in their study of Exodus, Thomas Dozeman's Exodus, Eerdman's Critical Commentary (Eerdman's, 2009) is very well done and incorporates the latest in Pentateuchal scholarship.
Propp, William H. Exodus. 2 Vols. AYB. Yale University Press, 1999.
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5 5
Extensive notes on translation and critical issues.
Milgrom, Jacob. Leviticus: A Book of Ritual and Ethics. CC. Fortress Press, 2004.
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Jacob Milgrom is a Jewish scholar who has spent a lifetime studying Leviticus.
Milgrom, Jacob. Leviticus. 3 Vols. AYB. Yale University Press, 1998.
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Jacob Milgrom is a Jewish scholar who has spent a lifetime studying Leviticus.
Wenham, Gordon J. The Book of Leviticus. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1979.
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5 5
From a more evangelical perspective.
Biddle, Mark E. Deuteronomy. SHBC. Smyth & Helwys, 2003.
Princeton Seminary January 5, 2018
5 5
An in-depth study of Deuteronomy that includes some history of its interpretation in history and culture
Nelson, Richard D. Joshua. OTL. Westminster John Knox Press, 1997.
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A fine critical and exegetical study of Joshua
Campbell, Antony F. 1 Samuel. FOTL. Eerdmans, 2003.
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Campbell is sensitive to issues of the book’s development without losing sight of the fact that this text is a part of the Jewish-Christian canon. Normally, the Old Testament Library is a good theological series
Campbell, Antony F. 2 Samuel. FOTL. Eerdmans, 2005.
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Campbell is sensitive to issues of the book’s development without losing sight of the fact that this text is a part of the Jewish-Christian canon. Normally, the Old Testament Library is a good theological series
Campbell, Antony F. 1 Samuel. FOTL. Eerdmans, 2003.
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Campbell is sensitive to issues of the book’s development without losing sight of the fact that this text is a part of the Jewish-Christian canon.
Campbell, Antony F. 2 Samuel. FOTL. Eerdmans, 2005.
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Campbell is sensitive to issues of the book’s development without losing sight of the fact that this text is a part of the Jewish-Christian canon.
Hertzberg, Hans Wilhelm. I & II Samuel. OTL. Westminster John Knox Press, 1965.
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Normally, the Old Testament Library is a good theological series. However, for Samuel, the OTL volume by Hans Wilhelm Hertzberg (I & II Samuel) may overwhelm the pastor with too much historical and compositional data, although students with a more historically-oriented interest will find it helpful for tracing the lines of argumentation back through early twentieth-century European thought.
McCarter Jr., P. Kyle. I Samuel. AYB. Yale University Press, 1995.
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an invaluable resource for advanced students looking for text-critical data
McCarter Jr., P. Kyle. II Samuel. AYB. Yale University Press, 1984.
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an invaluable resource for advanced students looking for text-critical data
Klein, Ralph W. 1 Samuel. WBC. Thomas Nelson, 1983.
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a good semi-technical volume in the same vein as Campbell’s.
Seow, Choon-Leong. “1/2 Kings” in Kings - Judith. NIB. Abingdon Press, 1999.
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an excellent literary and theological commentary
Nelson, Richard D. First and Second Kings. INT. Westminster John Knox Press, 1987.
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offers rich theological insights with pastors in mind
Allen, Leslie C. Jeremiah. OTL. Westminster John Knox Press, 2008.
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For basic textual, critical and exegetical issues, a recent resource.
Brueggemann, Walter. A Commentary on Jeremiah: Exile and Homecoming. Eerdmans, 1998.
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A fine theological commentary on Jeremiah and the God of Jeremiah
Fretheim, Terence E. Jeremiah. SHBC. Smyth & Helwys, 2002.
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A fine theological commentary on Jeremiah and the God of Jeremiah
Block, Daniel I. The Book of Ezekiel. 2 Vols. NICOT. Eerdmans, 1997.
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A useful work in the evangelical stream
Greenberg, Moshe. Ezekiel. 2 Vols. AYB. Yale University Press, 1995.
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The first major commentary to attend to the literary features of Ezekiel and to consider the book holistically, 4 with less attention to redactional arguments. Still a very valuable resource with excellent insights.
Jenson, Robert W. Ezekiel. BTC. Brazos Press, 2009.
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5 5
Written by a systematic theologian, it offers insightful theological reflections on the text. Best used in conjunction with a more traditional commentary.
Joyce, Paul M. Ezekiel: A Commentary. T&T Clark, 2008.
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5 5
Summarizes scholarly positions very effectively.
Odell, Margaret S. Ezekiel. SHBC. Smyth & Helwys, 2005.
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Very user friendly format, with attention to some of the history of interpretation.
Tuell, Steven Shawn. Ezekiel. UBOT. Hendrickson Publishers, 2009.
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5 5
Thoughtful commentary with a slightly evangelical perspective.
Zimmerli, Walther. Ezekiel. 2 Vols. HERM. Fortress Press, 1983.
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This English translation of the original 1969 German is a classic, magisterial commentary that attends to the minute details of Ezekiel’s text, which one expects from Hermeneia commentaries. Outdated in some ways (e.g., intense focus on redactional arguments), it is still an important resource
Barton, John. Joel and Obadiah. OTL. Westminster John Knox Press, 2001.
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5 5
The author is a wonderful interpreter of biblical texts.
Smith-Christopher, Daniel L. Jonah, Jesus, and Other Good Coyotes: Speaking Peace to Power in the Bible. Abingdon Press, 2007.
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The author is a biblical scholar, and though not a commentary, this book is thought-provoking.
Limburg, James. Hosea-Micah. INT. Westminster John Knox Press, 1988.
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theologically focused for teaching and preaching
Mays, James L. Micah. OTL. Westminster John Knox Press, 1976.
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a classic with good balance of historical-critical information and theological insights
Hillers, Delbert. Micah. HERM. Fortress Press, 1984.
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of interest to the more technical user
Wolff, Hans Walter. Micah. CC. Fortress Press, 1990.
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of interest to the more technical user
O'Brien, Julia M. Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. AOTC. Abingdon Press, 2004.
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offers a literary reading with focus on ethical questions, especially issues of gender and violence
Roberts, J. J. M. Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. OTL. Westminster John Knox Press, 1991.
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 provides an accessible presentation of textual issues, ancient Near Eastern backgrounds, and literary forms.
Roberts, J. J. M. Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. OTL. Westminster John Knox Press, 1991.
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provides an accessible presentation of textual issues, ancient Near Eastern backgrounds, and literary forms.
Andersen, Francis I. Habakkuk. AYB. Yale University Press, 2001.
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Offers a much longer and more technical treatment.
Berlin, Adele. Zephaniah. AYB. Yale University Press, 1994.
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incorporates both modern critical scholarship and pre-modern Jewish interpretation.
Sweeney, Marvin A. Zephaniah. HERM. Fortress Press, 2003.
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offers a detailed text-critical and exegetical study in the Hermeneia series tradition
Stuhlmueller, Carroll. Haggai & Zechariah: Rebuilding with Hope. ITC. Eerdmans, 1988.
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gives a theologically focused reading for the church
Petersen, David L. Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi. OTL. Westminster John Knox Press, 1984.
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For a more detailed work, showing connections with Zechariah 9-14
Mays, James L. Psalms. INT. Westminster John Knox Press, 1994.
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There are numerous commentaries on the Psalms. The most helpful for preachers
McCann, J. Clinton. “Psalms” in 1 & 2 Maccabees, Job, Psalms. NIB. Abingdon Press, 1996.
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There are numerous commentaries on the Psalms. The most helpful for preachers
Newsom, Carol A. “Job” in 1 & 2 Maccabees, Job, Psalms. NIB. Abingdon Press, 1996.
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In recent years, a number of commentaries have been published that help the reader appreciate the literary excellence and theological contributions of the book. Arguably the best among these is Carol Newsom’s work
Balentine, Samuel E. Job. SHBC. Smyth & Helwys, 2006.
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For a consistently sensitive theological reading of the book
Balentine, Samuel E. Job. SHBC. Smyth & Helwys, 2006.
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For a consistently sensitive theological reading of the book. Especially interesting in this work are the numerous forays into the reception history of the book in literature, music, and the visual arts.
Sakenfeld, Katharine Doob. Ruth. INT. Westminster John Knox Press, 1999.
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considers the cultural diversity of readings of Ruth along with a sustained literary and theological commentary
LaCocque, Andre. Ruth. CC. Fortress Press, 2004.
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a very recent and thorough critical commentary with attention to issues of language, culture, and interpretation
Davis, Ellen F. Parker, Margaret Adams. ed. Who Are You, My Daughter: Reading Ruth Through Image and Text. Westminster John Knox Press, 2003.
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offers a new translation, notes and a series of 20 artistic woodcuts that interpret the book of Ruth through visual image along with the text.
Pope, Marvin H. Song of Songs. AYB. Yale University Press, 1977.
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remains a classic, idiosyncratic to be sure, but chalked full of all kinds of delightful tidbits and still very much worth consulting.
Seow, Choon-Leong. Ecclesiastes. AYB. Yale University Press, 1997.
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The most detailed treatments of the book that also pay attention to the theological issues
Bartholomew, Craig G. Ecclesiastes. BCOTWP. Baker Academic, 2014.
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The most detailed treatments of the book that also pay attention to the theological issues
Hillers, Delbert. Lamentations. AYB. Yale University Press, 1972.
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remains the most philologically rich commentary available
Williamson, H. G. M. Ezra, Nehemiah. WBC. Thomas Nelson, 1985.
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offers an excellent interpretation of these books, with thorough discussion of contemporary scholarship
Klein, Ralph W. “Ezra/Nehemiah” in Kings - Judith. NIB. Abingdon Press, 1999.
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a good hermeneutical resource for the preacher
Throntveit, Mark A. Ezra-Nehemiah. INT. Westminster John Knox Press, 1992.
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a good hermeneutical resource for the preacher
Fox, Michael V. Character and Ideology in the Book of Esther. University of South Carolina Press, 1991.
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a rich study that focuses on Esther as a literary work and considers also the theological significance of a book that never mentions God
Levenson, Jon Douglas. Esther. OTL. Westminster John Knox Press, 1997.
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incorporates rabbinic material in addition to standard historical-critical words
Crawford, Sidnie White. “Esther” in Kings - Judith. NIB. Abingdon Press, 1999.
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offers helpful reflections for the preacher, including the story’s ethical implications for today.
Collins, John Joseph. Daniel. HERM. Fortress Press, 1994.
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For heavy lifting in critical, textual and background material on the book of Daniel.
Towner, W. Sibley. Daniel. INT. Westminster John Knox Press, 1985.
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reliable and theologically suggestive
Seow, Choon-Leong. Daniel. WeBC. Westminster John Knox Press, 2003.
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reliable and theologically suggestive
Japhet, Sara. I and II Chronicles. OTL. Westminster John Knox Press, 1993.
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offers a thorough critical and exegetical study of these OT books
Williamson, H. G. M. 1 and 2 Chronicles. NCB. Eerdmans, 1982.
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another excellent and detailed commentary