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Jonah (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible) Hardcover – October 15, 2008
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"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
"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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
How could there be even a question.
Not even through with this commentary and I am captivated by the many insights. Maybe because I see many of the same things in Jonah, I am geared to like it. But it is the way that Phillip Cary puts things, expresses the flow of the Text, it makes it worth the price of the book all by itself. Clear, precise, in-depth, but accessible at any level. I have stolen many a "Carian" quote to communicate (from the pulpit) this delightful book of Jonah.
Quite frankly, even if I encounter some bad theology, at this point the commentary has been soooo valuable, that I would just have to excuse it. :)
Oh, of course, I would have to point out the fallacy or conundrum, but the book would still be worth the purchase price and then some. Which tells you that I am not even done with the book and have been so impressed (compared to so many others), that I had to come give it 5 stars. Glad to see 7 of us are in like accord!
I have only read one other Brazos Series Commentary. I was sorely disappointed. This Brazos Commentary on Jonah is the model they need to duplicate. I have had 20 years of higher education teaching experience, this commentary is scholarly but VERY approachable. I have now had a few years in pastoral ministries, and as a Pastor, this is a gold mine.
Quite frankly, the few things that can be added to this commentary are best served by journal articles and special studies. No, this book is the real deal. It is informative, indightful, well thought out using a minimum of words to communicate...this book could have easily mushroom to twice the size...but not a word was wasted. Did I learn anything new? Yes! Surprisingly.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These commentaries are very insightful and spiritually edifying. Cary's commentary is superb.Published 4 months ago by A. Haake
Excellent. An insightful reading of theological themes. I found Cary's commentary to be most helpful in my sermon preparation.Published 16 months ago by Chris Helton
Clear concise writing, explains symbols, meanings and concepts that the layperson never would have known or thought of just by reading this (or any other book) from the Bible.Published 19 months ago by G. Calderone
I'm no a theologian, so this is not the most informed opinion, but I found this book very informative. Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by Michael R. Shannon