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New Interpreter's Bible: 1 & 2 Maccabees, Job, Psalms (Volume 4) Hardcover – June 1, 1996

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Leander E. Keck, convener of the Editorial Board and Senior New Testament Editor, is Winkley Professor of Biblical Theology Emeritus at Yale Divinity School.

Samuel Williston Professor of Greek and Hebrew, Department of Religion, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Professor of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

J. Clinton McCann, Jr. is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, and chairs the Psalms Group in the Society of Biblical Literature.

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Product Details

  • Series: New Interpreter's Bible (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 1287 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (June 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687278171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687278176
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 7.9 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The New Interpreter's Bible is a twelve-volume series, updating the popular Interpreter's Bible from a few decades ago. There are several key features common to all of the volumes of this series. First, each includes a two-column, double translation of the Biblical text (NIV - New International Version, and NRSV - New Revised Standard Version) arranged by topical unit or story. Then, they provide commentaries that look at the passages as a whole, as well as verse-by-verse. Third, interesting Reflection pieces that relate the passages to each other, to history, and to current concerns occur at the conclusion of each passage. Fourth, introductory articles for each book are provided that discuss transmission, historical background, cultural setting, literary concerns, and current scholarship. Finally, there are general articles about the Bible, each Testament, and various types of literature (Narrative, Gospel, Wisdom Literature, etc.) are provided to give general placement and knowledge about the text overall.
The list of contributors, editors, and consultants on the project is a veritable Who's Who of biblical and theological scholarship, representing all major traditions and schools of thought liberal and conservative. Leander Keck, of the Yale Divinity School, is the primary editor of the series.
The volumes were published individually, and can be purchased individually, which is a good thing, given that they are a bit expensive. But for any serious biblical scholar, preacher, student, or enthusiast, they are invaluable.
--Volume IV--
The fourth volume of the New Interpreter's Bible finishes a look at the `histories', more precisely termed in the NIB as Narrative Literature, with the apocryphal books I and II Maccabees.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1999
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My Bible study group is studying The Psalms this year. This book is wonderful. It gives two interpretations of each Psalm, NIV and NRSV. This makes it much more interesting, since you are given two versions of the poetry. The line-by-line commentaries are suitable for in-depth analysis, and the reflections are truly inspiring. I've been very impressed by this book, and I plan to read the other volumes as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex S HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 13, 2012
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This is actually Volume 4 of the set of 12 commentaries that I keep in my office. While I was in seminary, I accumulated a significant number of resources concerning the Psalms and I have consistently returned to this particular one.

Like all of the others, this opens with background information on the book itself, includes side by side comparisons (NIV/NRSV) of the texts, followed by a commentary on the texts, and finally reflections. I find the reflections particularly helpful when preparing my sermons.

If you read nothing else, be sure to read the Introduction to Hebrew Poetry which is covered by Adele Berlin. While short, it is very thorough, and is a valuable resource to those beginning to understand and study the Psalms and other Poetic literature.

Carol Newsom does a wonderful job of breaking down Job and helping to reflect upon it. While I don't normally preach from the book of Job, I have considered holding a Bible study simply based on this particular commentary.

The Psalms are covered by J. Clinton McCann, Jr. and I strongly recommend reading the introduction in addition to the commentary on the specific psalm that you are studying. This author handles the psalms with respect for their integrity, unlike other authors who get so involved in finding the source that they fail to see them in their completed form, the one that was handed down to us.

Robert Doran covers both books of Maccabees, even including a timeline of the events, since these books are not as familiar to the Biblical Scholar. His comments on the wars under reflections in the first section of 1 Maccabees speaks to us today as well as to the texts upon which he is speaking.
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