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

"[Peter Harink] writes here in a theological commentary series. That must be understood as one reads this commentary [on 1 & 2 Kings], for it is just what it intends to be--a theological commentary, not an exegetical commentary. . . . That allows Harink to jump right into each book with its first verse and briskly to start to unravel the theological threads. I find the approach rather refreshing, for it quickly reveals major themes that are often unwittingly obscured in the detail of the major exegetical commentaries."--Peter H. Davids, Catholic Biblical Quarterly

"Because [Ephraim] Radner first establishes a comprehensive rationale for his approach [in Leviticus], his theological conclusions flow organically from the text. He follows paths marked out by earlier interpreters, which frees him from the need to say something new and allows his work to breathe freshness. . . . The [Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible] offers a scholarly defense for figural reading of the Bible. This series provides permission to combine the findings of biblical criticism with the theological riches of the Spirit-led church while maintaining intellectual integrity. One hopes the series will enrich and expand this synergy. One also hopes for more volumes like Radner's which provides a solid rationale for theological interpretation, to identify the most beneficial hermeneutical approaches."--Stephen J. Lennox, Books & Culture

"[In Revelation, Joseph Mangina offers] a clear and balanced treatment of the Johannine material, written in a style that is readable and at times hortatory. . . . Mangina's work contributes positively to the study of Revelation. He highlights the teaching of John with freshness, and he does so succinctly and yet comprehensively. His book should assist any student of this exciting document to shed further light on its perpetually engaging content."--Stephen S. Smalley, Expository Times

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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. Proverbs & Ecclesiastes, like each commentary in the series, is designed to serve the church--providing a rich resource for preachers, teachers, students, and study groups--and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible.

"Treier's new commentary is a rare gift: rich theological reflection and wisdom from and on Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. It fills a serious gap in much Christian thought and practice by providing a biblically based creation theology that addresses ordinary human life in its God-related richness and complexity. Last but not least, it is readable and absorbing. May Treier's tribe increase!"--Raymond C. Van Leeuwen, professor of biblical studies, Eastern University

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

"The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible is a grand experiment in theological hermeneutics. . . . [Risto] Saarinen's commentary [The Pastoral Epistles with Philemon & Jude] is a lively interplay of theological reflection and biblical exegesis. . . . The commentary may whet readers' appetites for further reading in contemporary phenomenology and theology of the gift."--Clint Schnekloth, Word & World

"[In Matthew, Stanley] Hauerwas is as delightfully irascible and hard-hitting as ever. . . . 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

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 (Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary)
George Sumner (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto)

Product Details

  • Series: Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Brazos Press (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587431483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587431487
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Format: Hardcover
This was my first exposure to the series, and now that I'm exposed, I'd like to check out a few more titles. From what I can tell, the format and flow of each commentary differs, so what I say below on this volume may not apply equally to all, like it might in commentary series that follows a stricter format.

That being said, here's what's up with Treier's book.

Proverbs and Ecclesiastes definitely fits the bill of "theological commentary." This is both a strength and weakness of the book. It is a strength for someone who is looking for good theological reflections on the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. I would imagine this might make a good devotional read for someone with a decent background in theology who wants to meditate a little deeper on these wisdom books. It is a weakness however for someone who is looking for detailed exegetical work.

However, remember the four levels of biblical interpretation that Graham Cole outlined:

Understanding the text exegetically within its historical and literary contexts
Understanding the text within the whole of biblical theology (where it fits and what it contributes)
Bringing theological structures in the text into harmony with other texts and their emphases
Integrating the teachings of the text into a larger hermeneutical proposal
This commentary is explicitly not attempting to do detailed work at level 1, and Treier refers readers to the commentaries at that level that he thinks are the best (xxii). Instead, Treier wants to "serve busy pastors and laypeople by imitating them in accepting limitations," which means that he is attempting to put forth his theological reflections without extensive exegetical treatments.

Toward that end, Treier's book has an interesting layout.
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