Continental Commentary Series | Reviews and Volumes

Reviews of the Continental Bible Commentary Series

continental bible commentary genesisOn the Genesis volume:

C.S. Rodd, Expository Times: “Claus Westermann’s commentary on Genesis is one of the really great commentaries—great in size (three large volumes), great in comprehensiveness (covers all aspects of the text and has massive bibliographies), and great in theological perception.”

On the 1 and 2 Kings volume:

Marvin A. Sweeney, Claremont School of Theology, and co-editor of the Forms of the Old Testament Literature Series (17 vols.): “Fritz’s commentary is a fine addition to the Continental Commentaries Series. It combines an appropriate mix of historical, archaeological, geographical, and literary critical analysis. It this it is a fine work for both students and scholars. In my view, it is superior to other recent volumes on Kings.”

On the Revelation volume:

Frederick Danker, editor, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature: “In this commentary, one catches the Revelator’s vision of eternity ablaze with promise and expectation of accountability in the bleakness of the present. May this book find many who are willing to dialogue with the Revelator.”

Purpose of the Continental Commentary Series

continental bible commentary isaiahThe 19-volume Continental Commentary Series, published by Fortress Press, makes leading critical biblical scholarship from German and French scholars available to the English-speaking world. This series combines scholarly excellence with academic rigor to benefit pastors, students, and scholars of both the Old and New Testament. From Claus Westermann’s 3-volume commentary on Genesis to the 3-volume commentary on the Psalms by Hans-Joachim Kraus, these volumes examine the text of Scripture in penetrating detail with a fresh translation, detailed commentary, and theological assessment.

Each book in the Continental Commentary Series includes comprehensive introductory material, including an explanation of narrative themes, an overview of the historical and cultural context, an analysis of textual traditions, and an evaluation of recent literature. The remainder of each volume is divided according to each pericope of Scripture, with each section containing a summary of secondary literature, a fresh translation of the text, an evaluation of the literary form and the setting in life, and a lengthy commentary. Each volume also contains indexes on Hebrew words, subjects, names and authors, and other material.

Volumes in the Continental Commentary Series

Genesis 1-11 – Claus Westermann

Bernhard W. Anderson, Journal of Biblical Literature:

“Westermann’s commentary has the merit of taking a definite stand in the hermeneutical debate. In the tradition of Gunkel, it takes full advantage of the methods of form criticism and of the phenomenological study of religion. Again and again Westermann opens up dimensions of meaning which are not only relevant for theology but for human existence in the modern world.”

continental bible commentary psalmsGenesis 12-36 – Claus Westermann

Genesis 37-50 – Claus Westermann

Leviticus – Jacob Milgrom

William K. Gilders, Emory University:

“[This volume’s] clarity and accessibility make it a most valuable resource for anyone who wishes to engage with Jacob Milgrom’s important scholarly contributions.”

Ruth – André LaCocque

Gerald West, University of KwaZulu-Natal, S. Africa:

“I have long been a fan of André LaCocque’s work, and this commentary is no exception. . . . What I particularly appreciated is the inclusion by LaCocque of many of the more marginal readings of Ruth. . . . LaCocque locates himself carefully within the existing scholarly literature, both within and beyond biblical scholarship, and dialogues with it in detail.”

1 and 2 Kings – Volkmar Fritz

Psalms 1-59 – Hans-Joachim Kraus

Psalms 60-150 – Hans-Joachim Kraus

David H.C. Read, Senior Minister at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1956-1989:

“The most thorough study of the Psalms in recent years, it contains manna for preachers.”

continental bible commentary matthewTheology of the Psalms – Hans-Joachim Kraus

James Limburg, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota:

“Exceptionally rich, presenting the fruits of a lifetime of research in an attractive and helpful way.”

Qoheleth – Norbert Lohfink

Song of Songs – Othmar Keel

Isaiah 1–12 – Hans Wildberger

John Bright, author of A History of Israel:

“This excellent commentary is certainly the most exhaustive of works available on the chapters with which it deals. I recommend it unreservedly to all serious students of the Old Testament.”

Isaiah 13–27 – Hans Wildberger

Isaiah 28–39 – Hans Wildberger

Obadiah and Jonah – Hans Walter Wolff

Micah – Hans Walter Wolff

David L. Petersen, Religious Studies Review:

“Wolff’s suggestions about the growth of the Micah collection are particularly valuable. A definitive volume.”

Haggai – Hans Walter Wolff

Matthew 1-7 – Ulrich Luz

Galatians – Dieter Lührmann

Revelation – Jürgen Roloff


Also see:

Bible Commentary Series (index)

New Testament commentaries (index)

Old Testament commentaries (index)