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

"This remarkable project is especially lucky in its inaugural volume on Acts of the Apostles by the noted historian of dogma, Jaroslav Pelikan. If the rest of the commentators live up to the high standard set by Pelikan . . . the series could end up marking a turning point in the history of biblical hermeneutics. . . . One finishes this marvelously lucid book not only excited at the prospect of future volumes, but also wondering if this series will be revolutionary in another sense: Could this be a set of commentaries on the Bible that people will actually read?"
--Edward T. Oakes, SJ, First Things

"[Acts] has all the marks of Pelikan's scholarship: a close reading of the Greek text; a verse-by-verse commentary on that text studded with references to the great patristic commentators; and a constant eye on the theological and homiletical possibilities of the text itself, as well as its place in the liturgical life of the church both West and East."
--Lawrence S. Cunningham, America

"Pelikan's inaugural volume on Acts sets a high and honorable standard for the series. . . . Pelikan's interpretive focus on creeds and other church traditions results in an evocative network of conceptual associations, linking words and ideas in Acts to doctrines from church history. . . . The reader's theological understanding of Acts is enriched by Pelikan's successful effort to place Acts in theological conversation with centuries of Christian creeds and other rules of faith."
--John B. Weaver, Calvin Theological Journal

"The comments that 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

"What's nice to see is that the individual commentators have been allowed to retain their own voices in this series; [in Matthew, 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. Leviticus is the fifth 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.

"This series places the accent on 'theological' and reflects current interpretive ferment marked by growing resistance to the historical-critical project. It may be that scripture interpretation is too important to be left to the exegetes, and so a return to the theologians. With a focus on the theological tradition, this series holds the promise of asking interpretive questions that are deeply grounded in the primal claims of faith. The rich promise of the series is indicated by the stature and erudition of the commentators."
--Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

Praise for previous volumes in the series

"What Jaroslav Pelikan offers us [in Acts] . . . is neither a commentary nor a book of homilies, but rather a set of observations on what phrases and passages in Acts might remind us of in the later history of Christian doctrine. As a sampler of vintage Pelikan tidbits, it is a scintillating piece of work, a tour de force in the history of dogma, a kaleidoscope of brilliant reflections by a generous and faithful Christian scholar."
--Brian E. Daley, SJ, Pro Ecclesia

"The editors could not have found a more qualified person to probe the thick pages of the history of interpretation and Christian doctrine [in Acts]. One might expect a wooden catalog of ancient comments . . . but Pelikan serves up richer fare. Drawing on a stunning array of theological writings, he looks beyond the text of Acts to themes and ultimately dogmas hovering over the text. . . . For many [readers], general editor Reno's vision for the Brazos series will be satisfied: 'We must rehabilitate our exegetical imaginations.'"
--James Howell, Christian Century

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: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Brazos Press; First Edition edition (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587430991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587430992
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K Barth on March 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ephraim Radner's commentary on Leviticus certainly fulfills the promise of the Brazos Theological series. The first section, on Leviticus 1-3, the Burnt offering, the Grain offering, and the Peace Offering, literally astounded me with the Christological connections that Radner makes. The physical body of Christ is the "figure" that dominates and enlivens the entire book. I eagerly look forward to finishing the commentary, it reads so well (and more easily than some of his books), and to more from Radner, who now teaches at Wycliffe Hall in Canada.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Stuhlman on December 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The book of Leviticus is the third book of the Torah. Compared to the other four books, there is very little narrative. Most of the text describes the priestly rituals for the Tabernacle that became the rituals of the Temple of Jerusalem. Most of these rules and rituals are foreign to us because unlike the laws revealed in the other books of the Torah; they are not connected to modern practices, worship, ritual or belief. The sacrifices were designed to woo the Ancient Israelites away from the pagan practices and attract them to the belief in the one God, who brought them out of slavery and made a promise for a new land and new beginning.

Radner takes Christian and Jewish commentaries and weaves them into his explanations of the text. While I can’t agree with his conclusions, I can respect his scholarship and effort. He has a belief system and he tries to use that system as a mirror to make the commentary fit modernity.

I take issue with the editing. First in other commentaries on Biblical books, the text is quoted. For example in the commentaries of Nahmanides and Samson R. Hirsch, which Radner quotes often, the Leviticus text occupies less than 10% of the page, but it is there. Printing the text in the original Hebrew and English translation would enable the reader to know exactly which text Radner is commenting on. The English translation itself is a commentary. From a librarian point of view and as reader the use of APA citation style does not fit this work and the sources he quotes. Radner frequently refers to commentaries of Rashi as found in the English translation that he used (Pentateuch with Targum Onkelos … / edited by Morris Rosenbaum and Abraham M. Silverman London: Routledge, 1932).
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