Commentaries: August 2005 Archives

For those who pay attention to my commentaries posts but haven't been following the comments on my Forthcoming Commentaries list, I've been gradually updating it as people give me more information. The reason for this post is that the whole list went through a major overhaul today. I realized that some major series weren't even there (NTL, HCOT, maybe others I'm not remembering at the moment), and I hadn't listed some information I had written down somewhere that I had thought was in my list on the computer but wasn't.

In the process, I ended up searching for more information to resolve conflicts and found a lot more. Also, I've added the Two Horizons series due to a reader request, which took some major Googling. That's actually what started this whole update. The list for the NLT Tyndale series is also filling out, and there are a few commentaries in various series that weren't listed or were wrongly listed.

Finally, I've alphabetized the order of the series (by actual name, not abbreviation), so it should be easier to look for any given series. Since the list has been getting longer, I think this is important. My original idea had been to list the series in general order of what I liked most, but I didn't even achieve that, so I might as well make it easier to use.

I think I might have the scoop on this one. CBD is advertizing the first volume of David Tsumura's NICOT on Samuel, which seems to be covering just I Samuel. According to CBD, it will be available on November 15. I saw it in their catalog that was waiting for me when we returned from NH today, and I just now had a chance to look at their website, and it is indeed there. Amazon doesn't have it, and Eerdmans isn't even listing it in their new releases for this fall.

Unfortunately for me, it's just I Samuel, and my congregation just finished I Samuel in our sermons last month. I'm hoping it's like Waltke's Proverbs and Block's Ezekiel and completed at once but coming out in separate volumes a few months apart (as opposed to Oswalt's Isaiah that came out something like 15 years apart). If the second volume is out early enough, I may be able to read some of it as we move through II Samuel in the sermons (probably Easter to June or July of 2006 and then the same period of 2007). Of course, CBD may think it's coming out when it's not. It is a bit fishy that Eerdmans isn't listing it. Amazon has commentaries listed that probably won't be out until 2008, but CBD won't usually list something unless they have a finalized release date, and they are listing one.

This is part of a larger project reviewing commentaries on each book of the Bible. Follow the links from that post for more information on the series, including explanations of what I mean by some of the terms and abbreviations in this post.

Waylon Bailey's NAC is probably my favorite of all the commentaries I looked at. It isn't so detailed that it's hard to wade through, but he addresses most issues most people might ask of the text unless they're working on an academic paper. He deals with historical, theological and linguistic matters fairly well, and he's also concerned about connections with the New Testament. He's coming from a conservative evangelical perspective, but he's also good at presenting various views. This is my all-around recommendation for seeking the best balance of what I look for in a commentary. It doesn't shirk anything I consider truly important.

O. Palmer Robertson's NICOT is probably my favorite Zephaniah commentary in terms of theology. His theological reflections are probing and get enough time to explore the issues, with more time than any of the other commentaries on the list given to the task of simply reflecting on what the text means for Zephaniah's view of God. It's much weaker on linguistic matters, sometimes not even addressing important issues that most of the other commentaries will spend some time on. It doesn't get first place primarily for that reason. His perspective is conservative, evangelical, and explicitly Reformed. I didn't notice anything particular to covenant theology as opposed to new covenant theology (the differences between Reformed covenant theologians and Reformed Baptists), though his expertise is in covenant theology. It's a shame that Eerdmans has contracted a replacement for his commentary in this series this early, though Thomas Renz will probably produce a good commentary that will give more detail on the things Robertson doesn't focus much on. See my more detailed review here.

This is a list of all the information I've been able to find about forthcoming commentaries on books of the Bible. I have organized it by commentary series in this post, but if you'd like to see the same information organized by book of the Bible, you can find that here.

If you have any information about forthcoming commentaries that you do not see here, please leave a comment or send me an email at the link at the top of the sidebar. I don't necessarily remove volumes just because they are published, but if something is out and I don't have a publication year listed, I do appreciate knowing about it so I can update that.

I also have an ongoing series reviewing commentaries, which you can find here.

Note: I do update this list whenever I get new information about a forthcoming commentary. I'm not so good at removing forthcoming commentaries when they are published. So don't think the presence of non-forthcoming (because published) commentaries mean it's as out-of-date. 

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