Commentaries: March 2006 Archives

As with several other commentary series that I've posted that have taken a long time to develop, I wanted to do a separate post for the Anchor Bible in chronological order. For the main Anchor Bible post, see here.

Speiser on Genesis and Reicke on James/Peter/Jude were released same day as each other. Fox on Proverbs 1-9 and Andersen-Freedman on Micah were also released the same day as each other. All others in this list are fully in chronological order as far as my best information indicates. I have not included forthcoming volumes, which you can see a list of in the above-linked post.

Anchor Bible

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This is a list of the current and forthcoming commentaries in the Anchor Bible commentary series. For more series, see my post on commentary series.

The Anchor Bible (AB) commentaries are among the most academically respectable scholarly commentaries, though the quality and level of detail can vary from volume to volume. They transliterate the Greek and Hebrew, which helps for someone who doesn't know the original languages, but sometimes the level of detail isn't all that helpful for someone who just wants a little background and doesn't want to wade through pages of scholarship to find that the kind of theological question they're worrying about is hardly treated by a scholar who cares more about the linguistic, historical, and text-critical issues. Not all volumes are like this, but many are. The level of detail will also vary greatly from volume to volume, with later publication dates often signaling much more depth, and some (though certainly not all) older ones are all but useless given what else is out there. Textual criticism, exegetical notes and expositional commentary are separated into separate sections. This makes it difficult to find anything, but it also keeps separate kinds of work separate. I'd rather not have these separated, but some people prefer it.

As with most critical series, evangelicals will be troubled by some of the conclusions of most of the scholars writing in this series (except for the few evangelical contributors). Though evangelicals can supplement the kind of information in these commentaries with what I consider to be much better theological sense and a much higher appreciation of scripture, many evangelical commentaries simply can't compete with the best volumes in this series, at least with respect to historical and sociological background information, lexical study, text criticism, archaeology. etc. Theology is often given short shrift. The series is mostly done, with only Nahum and Philippians not covered and only Exodus, Deuteronomy, and Ezekiel still only partially covered, though some volumes are being replaced (I know of Genesis, II Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah, Psalms, Proverbs 10-31, Matthew, the second half of Mark, and Revelation).

Volumes released so far:

As I did with NICOT and NICNT, I've decided to post a chronological ordering of the WBC volumes. I think I'm going to do this with all the long-standing series. I think it's interesting to look through how a series developed.

The two 1982 releases came out the same day. Murphy on Proverbs and the third Aune volume on Revelation came out on the same day. The revised volume 1 on Deuteronomy and vol.2 on Mark were released together. I believe I've listed each of those pairs in canonical order. The rest should all be in chronological order. I'll list the whole series together and then the Old Testament and New Testament separately.



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