Anchor Bible Commentary (ANC) | Reviews, Theology

The Anchor Bible Commentary series was established in the 1960’s under William Foxwell Albright (d. 1971), an American archaeologist, biblical scholar, and son of Methodist missionaries. The project began as a new bible translation with exegetical explanations, before growing into a full bible commentary series. Each Anchor volume includes the author’s original translations, outlines of each book, verse-by-verse commentary, various interpretive approaches, photographs and illustrations, analysis of authorship and dating, and an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary literature.

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Old Testament volumes have a blue cover

Yale University Press bought the commentary series in 2007 and renamed it The Anchor Yale Bible Series. [1] The Anchor series includes approximately 80 volumes, though not every biblical book is represented yet. The publisher intends to continue the series noting that “many more volumes are in progress as the AYB Editorial Board, under the direction of General Editor John J. Collins, vigorously pursues the goal of bringing to a wide audience the most important new ideas, the latest research findings, and the clearest possible analysis of the Bible ” [2] Digital editions are also now available. [3]

Anchor commentaries are known for their up-to-date discussions on philology (i.e. the branch of knowledge that deals with the structure, historical development, and relationships of a language or language), their technical nature — though Hebrew and Greeks words are are transliterated — and their liberal theology. Though theology is not the focus of most Anchor commentaries, the editors value a diversity of authors “in which Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish scholars from many countries contribute individual volumes. The project is not sponsored by any ecclesiastical organization and is not intended to reflect any particular theological doctrine.” [4]

Note: See the Bible Commentaries Comparison Chart to see how the Anchor series compares to dozens of other commentary series.

Anchor Yale Bible Series (ANC): Reviews

Among the recent volumes published, Michael V. Fox’s Proverbs commentary, Abraham J. Malherbe’s 1-2 Thessalonians commentary, and Luke Timothy Johnson’s James commentary have been well-reviewed.

David Noel Freedman (d. 2008), a biblical scholar, archaeologist, and Presbyterian minister was the General Editor of the series from 1956 to 2008. The current editor of the series is John J. Collins, professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School. [5]

Volumes in the Anchor Yale Bible Commentary Series

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New Testament Commentaries

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New Testament volumes have a red cover

Matthew – W.F. Albright and C.S. Mann | Published: 1971 | ISBN: 9780385086585

Mark 1–8 – Joel Marcus | Published: 2000 | ISBN: 978038542349-6

Mark 8–16 – Joel Marcus | Published: 2009 | ISBN: 9780300141160

Replaced Mark – C.S. Mann | Published: 1986 | ISBN 9780385032537

The Gospel according to Luke I–IX – Joseph A. Fitzmyer | Published: 1982 | ISBN: 9780385005159

The Gospel according to Luke X–XXIV – Joseph A. Fitzmyer | Published: 1985 | ISBN: 9780385155427

The Gospel according to John I–XII – Raymond E. Brown | Published: 1966 | ISBN: 9780385015172

The Gospel according to John, XIII–XXI – Raymond E. Brown | Published: 1970 | ISBN: 9780300140729

The Acts of the Apostles – Joseph A. Fitzmyer | Published: 1998 | ISBN: 9780385468800

Replaced Acts of the Apostles – Johannes Munck | Published: 1967 | ISBN: 9780385009140

Romans – Joseph A. Fitzmyer | Published: 1993 | ISBN: 9780300140781

1 Corinthians – Joseph A. Fitzmyer | Published: 2008 | ISBN: 9780300140446

Replaced 1 Corinthians. – William F. Orr and James Arthur Walther | Published: 1976 | ISBN: 9780385028530

II Corinthians – Victor Paul Furnish | Published: 1984 | ISBN: 9780385111997

Galatians – J. Louis Martyn | Published: 1997 | ISBN: 9780385088381 

Ephesians 1–3 – Markus Barth | Published: 1974 | ISBN: 9780300140712

Ephesians 4–6 – Markus Barth | Published: 1974 | ISBN: 9780385080378 

Philippians – John Reumann | Published: 2008 | ISBN: 9780300140453

Colossians – Markus Barth and Helmut Blanke | Published: 1995 | ISBN: 9780385110686

The Letters to the Thessalonians – Abraham J. Malherbe | Published: 2000 | ISBN: 9780385184601

The First and Second Letters to Timothy – Luke Timothy Johnson | Published: 2001 | ISBN: 9780300139884

Letter to Titus – Jerome D. Quinn | Published: 1990 | ISBN 9780300140262

Letter to Philemon – Joseph A. Fitzmyer | Published: 2001 | ISBN: 9780300140552

Hebrews – Craig R. Koester | Published: 2001 | ISBN: 9780385468930

Replaced To the Hebrews – George Wesley Buchanan | Published: 1972 | ISBN: 9780385029957

The Epistles of James, Peter, and Jude – Bo Reicke | Published: 1964 | ISBN: 9780385013741

The Letter of James – Luke Timothy Johnson | Published: 1995 | ISBN: 9780385413602

1 Peter – John H. Elliott | Published: 2001 | ISBN: 9780385413633

2 Peter, Jude – Jerome H. Neyrey | Published: 1993 | ISBN: 9780385413626

Epistles of John – Raymond E. Brown | Published: 1982 | ISBN: 9780385056861

Revelation – Craig R. Koester | Published: 2014 | ISBN: 9780300144888

Replaced Revelation – J. Massyngberde Ford | Published: 1975 | ISBN: 9780385008952

Old Testament Commentaries

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Genesis – Ronald S. Hendel (forthcoming)

Genesis – Ephraim A. Speiser | Published: 1964 | ISBN: 9780300140255

Exodus 1–18 – William H. C. Propp | Published: 1999 | ISBN: 9780385148047

Exodus 19–40 – William H. C. Propp | Published: 2006 | ISBN: 9780300139396

Leviticus 1–16 – Jacob Milgrom | Published: 1998 | ISBN: 9780300139402

Leviticus 17–22 – Jacob Milgrom | Published: 2000 | ISBN: 9780300140569

Leviticus 23–27 – Jacob Milgrom | Published: 2001 | ISBN: 9780385500357

Numbers 1–20 – Baruch A. Levine | Published: 1993 | ISBN: 9780300140774

Numbers 21–36 – Baruch A. Levine | Published: 2000 | ISBN: 9780300139426

Deuteronomy 1–11 – Moshe Weinfeld | Published: 1991 | ISBN: 9780385175937

Deuteronomy 12-34 (forthcoming)

Joshua – 1-12 – Thomas B. Deozeman | Published: 2015

Joshua – 13-24 – Thomas B. Dozeman (forthcoming)

Replaced Joshua – Robert G. Boling and G. Ernest Wright | Published: 1995 | ISBN: 9780385000345

Judges 1–12 – Jack M. Sasson | Published: 2014 | ISBN: 9780300190335

Replaced Judges – Robert G. Boling | Published: 1974 | ISBN: 9780385010290

Ruth – Jeremy Schipper | Published: 2016 | ISBN: 9780300192155

Replaced Ruth – Edward F. Campbell Jr. | Published: 1975 | ISBN: 9780385053167

I Samuel – P. Kyle McCarter Jr. | Published: 1980 | ISBN: 9780385067607

II Samuel – P. Kyle McCarter Jr. | Published: 1984 | ISBN: 9780385068086

I Kings – Mordechai Cogan | Published: 2001 | ISBN: 9780300140538

II Kings – Mordechai Cogan and Hayim Tadmor | Published: 1998 | ISBN: 9780300140743

I Chronicles 1–9 – Gary N. Knoppers | Published: 2003 | ISBN: 9780300139525

Replaced 1 Chronicles – Jacob M. Myers | Published: 1965 | ISBN: 9780385012591

I Chronicles 10–29 – Gary N. Knoppers | Published: 2004 | ISBN: 9780300139532

Replaced II Chronicles – Jacob M. Myers | Published: 1965 | ISBN: 9780385037570

Ezra and Nehemiah – Jacob M. Myers | Published: 1965 | ISBN: 9780385046954

Ezra and Nehemiah – Tamara Cohn Eskenazi (forthcoming)

Esther – Carey A. Moore | Published: 1971 | ISBN: 9780385004725 

Job – Marvin H. Pope | Published: 1965 | ISBN: 9780300140750

Psalms I: 1–50 – Mitchell Dahood | Published: 1966 | ISBN: 9780385027656

Psalms II: 51–100 – Mitchell Dahood | Published: 1968 | ISBN: 9780385037594

Psalms III: 101–150 – Mitchell Dahood | Published: 1970 | ISBN: 9780385006071

Proverbs 1–9 – Michael V. Fox | Published: 2000 | ISBN: 9780385264372

Proverbs 10–31 – Michael V. Fox | Published: 2009 | ISBN: 9780300142099

Ecclesiastes – Choon-Leong Seow | Published: 1997 | ISBN: 9780300139600

Replaced Proverbs, Ecclesiastes – R.B.Y Scott | Published: 1965 | ISBN 978-0385021777

Song of Songs – Marvin H. Pope | Published: 1977 | ISBN: 9780385005692

Isaiah 1–39 – Joseph Blenkinsopp | Published: 2000 | ISBN: 9780300139617

Isaiah 40–55 – Joseph Blenkinsopp | Published: 2002 | ISBN: 9780385497176

Isaiah 56–66 – Joseph Blenkinsopp | Published: 2003 | ISBN: 9780300139624

Second Isaiah – John L. McKenzie | Published: 1969 | ISBN: 9780300140798 

Jeremiah – John Bright | Published: 1965 | ISBN: 9780385008235

Jeremiah 1–20 – Jack R. Lundbom | Published: 1999 | ISBN: 9780300139631

Jeremiah 21–36 – Jack R. Lundbom | Published: 2004 | ISBN: 9780300139648

Jeremiah 37–52 – Jack R. Lundbom | Published: 2004 | ISBN: 9780300139655

Lamentations – Delbert R. Hillers | Published: 1992 | ISBN: 9780300139471

Replaced Lamentations – Delbert R. Hillers | Published: 1972 | ISBN: 9780385007382

Ezekiel 1–20 – Moshe Greenberg | Published: 1983 | ISBN: 9780385009546

Ezekiel 21–37 – Moshe Greenberg | Published: 1997 | ISBN: 9780300139679

Ezekiel 38–48 – Stephen L. Cook | Published: 2018 | ISBN: 9780300218817

The Book of Daniel – Louis F. Hartman and Alexander A. Di Lella | Published: 1978 | ISBN: 9780385013222

Hosea – Francis I. Andersen and David Noel Freedman | Published: 1980 | ISBN: 9780385007689

Joel – James L. Crenshaw | Published: 1995 | ISBN: 9780300140767

Amos – Göran Eidevall | Published: 2017 | ISBN: 9780300178784

Replaced Amos – Francis I. Andersen and David Noel Freedman | Published: 1989 | ISBN: 9780300140705

Obadiah – Paul R. Raabe | Published: 1996 | ISBN: 9780300139716

Jonah – Jack M. Sasson | Published: 1990 | ISBN: 9780385235259

Micah – Francis I. Andersen and David Noel Freedman | Published: 2000 | ISBN: 9780385084024

Nahum – Duane L. Christensen | Published: 2009 | ISBN: 9780300144796

Habakkuk – Francis I. Andersen | Published: 2001 | ISBN: 9780300139730

Zephaniah – Adele Berlin | Published: 1994 | ISBN: 9780300140804

Haggai, Zechariah 1–8 – Carol L. Meyers | Published: 1987 | ISBN: 9780385144827

Zechariah 9–14 – Carol L. Meyers and Eric M. Meyers | Published: 1992 | ISBN: 9780300139761

Malachi – Andrew E. Hill | Published: 1998 | ISBN: 9780385468923

Intertestamental Literature

Tobit – Carey A. Moore | Published: 1996

Judith – Carey A. Moore | Published: 1985

Daniel, Esther, and Jeremiah: The Additions – Carey A. Moore | Published: 1977

The Wisdom of Ben Sira – Patrick W. Skehan and Alexander A. Di Lella | Published: 1995

I Maccabees – Jonathan A. Goldstein | Published: 1976

II Maccabees – Jonathan A. Goldstein | Published: 1983

I and II Esdras – Jacob M. Myers | Published: 1974


Footnotes

  1. https://yalebooks.yale.edu/anchor-yale-bible-series
  2. Ibid.
  3. http://themelios.thegospelcoalition.org/review/anchor-yale-bible-commentaries-old-testament-apocrypha-and-new-testament
  4. https://yalebooks.yale.edu/series/the-anchor-yale-bible-commentaries
  5. http://www.academia.edu/Documents/in/John_J._Collins