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Praise for previous volumes in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible

"The significance of these commentaries and the series [they] inaugurate [is] manifold, because they promise not only to serve as a means for sifting the wheat and chaff of much recently accumulated hermeneutical theory but also to offer the commentary a place at the theological table it has had difficulty attaining in modernism. . . . [Acts] is a tour de force of the history of doctrine, as [Jaroslav] Pelikan draws in his lifetime to remark upon a vast panoply of subjects."--Steven J. Koskie, Journal of Theological Interpretation

"[In Matthew, Stanley Hauerwas] continually draws Matthean motifs together with similar features in the rest of the Bible and shows where subsequent generations found the basis for their doctrinal reasoning. . . . This commentary serves readers admirably by connecting the points that lie between the first and twenty-first centuries and by reminding readers that Matthew's Gospel has played a deep, broad role in centuries of theological reflection."--A. K. M. Adam, Christian Century

"[Peter] Leithart has done an admirable job [in 1 & 2 Kings]. . . . He demonstrates a breadth of reading and knowledge of theological matters and brings that knowledge to bear upon the book of Kings. . . . For the biblical scholar, this volume is a fitting reminder that the text should be read holistically and theologically. . . . For the pastor, Leithart's commentary will provide a succinct summary of each chapter or section that is most helpful in preaching through the book. For the theologian, Leithart has shown how even the book of Kings makes weighty theological statements based upon a text-imminent, Christian reading of the book. Moreover, for all, it is a delightful read."--Randall L. McKinion, Review of Biblical Literature

"[Acts] serves as a rich storehouse of information on historical theology, providing [Jaroslav Pelikan] with the opportunity to expound on the intersections of Acts with the major teachings of the church. . . . The book will be of great value to all who are interested in the reception history of Acts and in theological interpretation of biblical texts."--Shelly Matthews, Catholic Biblical Quarterly

"What's nice to see is that the individual commentators have been allowed to retain their own voices in this series; [Stanley] Hauerwas is as delightfully irascible and hard-hitting as ever. . . . Hauerwas attends to the Gospel chapter by chapter, teasing out theological themes while resisting the temptation to create a systematic Christology. He draws on theologians like Barth, Augustine, Origen and especially Bonhoeffer, whom he quotes and paraphrases often, as well as New Testament scholars and eclectic writers like Wendell Berry. Insightful and provocative, Hauerwas adds a valuable theological perspective to the Gospel of Matthew."--Publishers Weekly

From the Back Cover

The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible enlists leading theologians to read and interpret scripture creedally for the twenty-first century, just as the church fathers, the Reformers, and other orthodox Christians did for their times and places. Jonah is the sixth volume in the series. This commentary, like each in the series, is designed to serve the church--through aid in preaching, teaching, study groups, and so forth--and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible.

"Phil Cary has given us a sparkling commentary on Jonah, one that in its combination of literary and theological acumen is true not only to the aims of the Brazos Theological Commentary series but also to the spirit of Jonah itself."--R. Kendall Soulen, Wesley Theological Seminary

Praise for previous volumes in the series

"The comments that [Jaroslav] Pelikan has to offer on each point [in Acts] are truly valuable, insightful, and clearly articulated, a masterful treatment from a true master of his discipline. . . . [The series editors] have invited a diverse range of theologians and historians of theology to this project: We await with anticipation the wide range of offerings that are sure to emerge."--John Behr, Pro Ecclesia

"[Stanley Hauerwas's] considerations that connect Matthew to a contemporary audience are well-crafted, insightful, and cannot be dismissed easily. All will appreciate the conviction, clarity, and profundity with which he writes. . . . While most commentaries strive to connect contemporary readers to the first century, Hauerwas also gives heed to Matthew's vast interpretive history, a noteworthy achievement. . . . Anyone wishing to become acquainted with theological exegesis should consider this volume. Hauerwas offers a fresh perspective on Matthew that is aberrantly insightful, colorful, compelling, and powerful. Well-written, fast-paced, and accessible to laity, Hauerwas delivers thoughtful and thought-provoking conversation."--Thomas Seat, Princeton Theological Review

General editor: R. R. Reno (Creighton University)
Series editors: Robert W. Jenson (Center of Theological Inquiry)
Robert Louis Wilken (University of Virginia)
Ephraim Radner (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto)
Michael Root (Catholic University of America)
George Sumner (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto)

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Product Details

  • Series: Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Brazos Press (October 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587431378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587431371
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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I went looking for a good set of commentaries for my study on the book of Jonah, and not finding very many in series I normally use I purchased Cary's commentary in the Brazos Theological Commentary series. The overall view of the series caught my attention as being a little unique compared with many of the other, older and "standard" evangelical commentaries which always concern themselves with textual and critical issues as part of their exegetical burden. My interest was piqued by the broadly theological and specifically present-day orientation of this series. According to the preface, this series is dedicated to a dogmatic theological approach to the Scriptures, but with deliberate attention being paid to our reading.

Cary's volume on Jonah is a wonderful accomplishment. Cary pays careful attention to the broad and foundational theological issues at play throughout the Old Testament that find expression in Jonah's life, as well as the surprising identification of Jesus with Jonah. Where most are interested in whether the story and the fish are real, Cary wants to make sure we understand Jonah's life with God in ways that reveal Christ and our walk with him.

As a pastor, I appreciate that at almost every turn Cary has something thoughtful or provocative to say about Jonah and God. My own view of Jonah has become much deeper as I have worked through this commentary, and I would highly recommend it to anyone preparing for the book. It will take you past the "standard Jonah series" to something that will make the book fresh and alive.

If you are looking for a commentary to tackle the historical-textual issue of whether Jonah's story is real or fictional, another commentary will suit you better. But since there are so many that deal with those issues, Carey's commentary was a breath of fresh air to me. This volume has inspired me to purchase others in the series.
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Perhaps the great pleasure, when it is possible, in encountering secondary discourse on a primary text is hearing the opinion of someone else (learned, insightful, a good conversationalist) on something you both have read. Hmm, I hadn't thought of that. Hmm, I'd thought of that, but you put it much better. Hmm, if this is true, then X must be true also; wow, that really opens up new vistas of thought. Etc.

Biblical commentaries rarely give me pleasure. They, and the exegetical milieu which produces them, helped to drive me from seminary back into literary studies, where I found a little bit more secondary discourse to my liking. I don't ask for much, just interesting things said in interesting ways. Generally the best that can be said of commentaries along those lines is that they say things in ways. In particular, they suffer from the blight that plagues most of the humanities and social sciences: a belief that science and the human heart are incompatible. They say abstract things in abstract ways, make theological points in a precise but voiceless prose. We could be reading a manual for how to disassemble the Bible like a machine and reassemble it into a systematic theology or an analysis of the relevant ancient culture. In preparing for a sermon or Sunday school class, I found that I had to sift through a lot of irrelevant commentary chaff to find a couple grains of meaning relevant to a rural audience, or my own heart. I know that these generalities are unfair, that there are notable exceptions, but it's an impression that built up over years.
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Phillip Cary writes great insights with crisp wit. His Jonah is fun to read! His "big picture" perspective expands the character Jonah through Exile eyes and Second Temple sensibilities. He recounts the Jews' angst over losing the Davidic dynasty, and modern readers sympathize with their demolished worldview foundations. Wow! That preaches today--whether you're emergent or not. Needless to say, Cary completes Jonah with God's NT fulfillment of this perceived impossibility via Messiah, kingdom and a greater salvation than Jonah ever wanted.
You'll love the "sign of Jonah" excursus. Every page is useful. My new favorite Brazos book--so much more than a commentary! The best $22 you'll spend on your library. Not one boring page.
This Jonah is solidly exegeted, user-friendly and freshly provocative for teachers and preachers to engage today's thinkers with the Living Word that never stales.
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I'm no a theologian, so this is not the most informed opinion, but I found this book very informative. After reading it I find Jonah and I have much in common: Judgemental, stubborn and ready to advise God on knotty doctrine and discipline problems. Highly recommended for Christians who want to learn more about this often overlooked book of the Bible.
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