Apollos Old Testament Commentary

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This is a list of the current and forthcoming commentaries in the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series. For more series, see my post on commentary series.

The Apollos Old Testament Commentary (AOTC) series is an interesting venture. The publisher and editors are evangelicals, but I'm not sure how conservative all the authors will be. I get the sense that some of them are only moderately evangelical. This is not a full-scale academic conmmentary, but it's much more than a popular-level exposition. I'd probably place it within the intermediate range, but I've got only the slightest familiarity with the series so far, having looked at only one volume just a little bit without reading much of it.

Only Deuteronomy and Daniel have been published so far, and both are of the highest quality scholarship without the detail of the more in-depth series. The primary purpose, according to the editors, is to explain the text to the contemporary reader, focusing on theology and providing less detail on other elements commentaries often cover. There are enough really stellar people on the projected authors list that I expect this series to be excellent. Given the conservative nature of the publisher and the stated aims of the series, I was a little disappointed at the stance Lucas takes on Daniel's date and content (rejection of an exilic setting and historical basis of the accounts), but the list of names of other contributors suggests a fairly conservative lineup.

Volumes Released So Far:

Leviticus, Nobuyoshi Kiuchi (April 2007)
Deuteronomy, J. Gordon McConville (2002)
Daniel, Ernest C. Lucas (2002)

Forthcoming Volumes:

Genesis, David Baker
Exodus, T. Desmond Alexander
Joshua, Pekka Pitkanen
Judges, Gordon Hugenberger
Ruth, L. Daniel Hawk
Samuel, David Firth
Kings, Lissa Wray Beal
Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Gerald Klingbeil
Psalms, Gordon Wenham
Proverbs, Paul Overland
Ecclesiastes, Daniel Fredericks
Song of Songs, Daniel Estes
Isaiah, Richard Schultz
Ezekiel, Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer
Joel, Amos, Peter Naylor
Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Karl Möller
Habakkuk, David Hartzfeld
Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Boyd Luter

[Note: David Baker, editor of the series, has just this morning updated his vita, which contains the list of contributors for this series.]


When you say Lucas rejects an exilic setting, do you mean he holds that Daniel was written at some point after Israel's return from exile?

I am looking for a good, literally interpreted, Evangelical commentary series for the Old Testament. The writers must believe in the claims made by the text, ie. Daniel being written BY Daniel during the exile, single authorship of Isaiah, etc. Would you recommend the Apollos series for me? If not, is there a series you would recommend that fits these qualifications?

I am a fan of the 21st Century Commentary series on the New Testament and am looking for a good Old Testament counterpart to it.

Thank you.

Lucas would be more liberal than you (or I) would like on such matters. There are only three Apollos commentaries out so far, so I don't know what it will be like in general. Lucas has serious problems along these lines, in my view, and McConville on Deuteronomy also does. I don't know about Kiuchi on Leviticus, but I was under the impression that he might be more conservative. Some of the other authors are likely to be.

I don't know the 21st Century Commentaries. They look fairly thin and not all that scholarly. Apollos is probably more detailed and more academic. I don't think you should just go with one series, though, because different authors come from different perspectives. I'd buy different volumes from different series.

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