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Feasting on the Word: Year A: Pentecost and Season After Pentecost 1 (Propers 3-16) (Feasting on the Word) Hardcover – January 27, 2011
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"Wonderfully organized and intelligently shaped, these reflections on Scripture are sure to be a valuable aid for those in ministry." Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke University Divinity School
"David Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor are to be congratulated for creating a unique and remarkable commentary that stands head and shoulders above the rest." The Living Church
"The most ecumenical and comprehensive of the lectionary commentaries." Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta
"A monumental contribution. These substantial and beautifully produced volumes address the reader with all the gravitas and grace that preaching deserves (and requires). Feasting on the Word will richly repay your investment." The Christian Century
About the Author
David L. Bartlett is Professor of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is the author of What's Good about This News: Preaching the Gospel from Galatians and coeditor of the Westminster Bible Companion series.
Barbara Brown Taylor is Harry R. Butman Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Piedmont College in Piedmont, Georgia and Adjunct Professor of Christian Spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is the author of many books, including An Altar in the World. She is an at-large editor for The Christian Century and a sometime commentator on Georgia Public Radio.
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However, I can no longer recommend buying this commentary. The quality is too inconsistent. Some essays make blatant mistakes that illustrate how hastily they were written, edited, and published. For example, for Year A's Trinity Sunday, the commentary thinks that the scripture is Genesis 1:1-2, 4a (just two and a half verses) as opposed to the actual text assigned by the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), Genesis 1:1-2:4a (the entire "Hymn of Creation"). What's so embarrassing is that the author of the "Exegetical Perspective" actually assumes that FOTW's text selection is purposeful, and half of his essay dwells on why verse 3 is was left out by the RCL. Such mistakes speak to a rushed writing and editorial process, as if the essays were typed up in an afternoon by a seminary professor who was simply asked to produce something for the series but wasn't passionate about the text.
I bought the entire set on Kindle, but sadly, I reference this commentary less and less, even as I've begun to use the Lectionary more. I'm now grateful that I didn't spend the money on the hardcovers. Just pull out your New Interpreter's Commentary and start from there. (That's pretty much what some of the essayists in this commentary are doing.)
Reason #1 - the font on the original books is too small
Reason #2 - It takes up much less space
The Kindle version, unlike the book version (which has side by side readings of the four) offers a single reading of each one.
It is easy to mark up, take notes, and if I use my iPad for a screen shot, even lets me print out a bit of text I want to use.
As a pastor I use this both in preparing sermons and in preparing to share in a group pastors Bible Study where we share the lectionary together.
My only comment is that these use alternate texts for the second half of Year B and all of Year C. It would have been nice to have all texts available.
But still, one of the best resources I have on hand.