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New Interpreter's Bible: 1 & 2 Maccabees, Job, Psalms (Volume 4) Hardcover – June 1, 1996
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About the Author
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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The NIB is the definitive standard for serious Bible scholarship.
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This is a great resource for your library. I would't rely on it alone but as part of a group of resources it is great!Published on March 25, 2013 by Matthew A. Lubbock