Hermeneia Bible Commentary – Old Testament | Reviews and Volumes

Reviews of the Hermeneia Bible Commentary Series

amos bible commentaryMorna D. Hooker, University of Cambridge:

“Taken together, Hermeneia represents some of the best recent biblical scholarship . . . I have no hesitation in recommending them for students.”

Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary:

“Hermeneia will be the benchmark and reference point for all future work.”

Purpose of the Hermeneia Commentary Series

From the publisher: “The Hermeneia commentary series seeks to offer authoritative interpretation of the earliest texts of the biblical books and other literature closely related to the Bible. The name Hermeneia, from the Greek, has a rich background in the history of biblical interpretation as a term for the detailed, systematic exposition of a scriptural work. The series, like its name, carries forward this old and venerable tradition. The name also avoids a long descriptive title and the inevitable acronym, or worse, an unpronounceable abbreviation. 

Hermeneia is designed to be a critical and historical commentary to the Bible without arbitrary limits in size or scope. It utilizes the full range of philological and historical tools, including textual criticism (often slighted in modern commentaries), the methods of the history of tradition (including genre and prosodic analysis), and the history of religion.”

Interviews from the Hermeneia series on Best Bible Commentaries

Paul A. Holloway on Philippians:

“I did not think I was going to enjoy writing on the so-called Christ Hymn in Phil 2:6-11, since so much has been written on it. But in fact it was great fun.”

Volumes in the Hermeneia Commentary Series

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1 Chronicles – Ralph W. Klein

Patrick D. Miller, Princeton Theological Seminary:

“A lifetime studying Chronicles comes to its full fruition in this comprehensive commentary on a biblical book that is often overlooked. Klein’s deep penetration into the text and meaning of Chronicles is unexcelled in the English language and provides the reader of the book all that he or she needs to understand and expound the meaning of the text. It will be the standard against which other commentaries on Chronicles are measured for years to come.”

2 Chronicles – Ralph W. Klein

isaiah bible commentaryPsalms 2 (Psalms 51–100) – Frank Lothar Hossfeld and Erich Zenger

Thomas J. Kraus, The Review of Biblical Literature:

“Without doubt, this commentary should be one of the first choices among commentaries on the Psalms for every scholar involved in research in the field. Its methodology is clear, honest, and logical; the material presented is rich; and the structure is effective so that even without a detailed set of indices, readers will find their way to whatever psalm and its background they are searching for.”

Psalms 3 (Psalms 101–150) – Frank Lothar Hossfeld and Erich Zenger

Patrick D. Miller, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary:

“Hossfeld and Zenger have given us the definitive commentary on the Psalms for this generation. Their attention to exegetical, historical, redactional, and theological dimensions of these texts ensures that the reader will have the most comprehensive access to the Psalms. From careful discussion of textual issues to the New Testament’s appropriation of the Psalms, they have provided the kind of deep exploration of the Psalter not available in any other commentary.”

Qoheleth – Thomas Krüger

The Song of Songs – Roland E. Murphy

J.J.M. Roberts, Princeton Theological Seminary:

“Keel’s work and the creative way that he has introduced the visual evidence from ancient artistic representations into exegetical discussion…is one of the best, most convincing treatments of the book that has appeared.”

First Isaiah – J.M.M. Roberts

Deutero–Isaiah – Klaus Baltzer

Jeremiah 1 – William L. Holladay

Jeremiah 2 – William L. Holladay

Ezekiel 1 – Walther Zimmerli

Ezekiel 2 – Walther Zimmerli

Daniel – John J. Collins

Amos N. Wilder, The Divinity School, Harvard University, Emeritus:

“The authors represent not only the best scholarship of our period but they also have the kind of interpretive energy and creativeness that will influence significantly the whole field of biblical studies and the study of religion in this country and elsewhere.”

Hosea – Hans Walter Wolff

Joel and Amos – Hans Walter Wolff

Amos – Shalom M. Paul

Micah – Delbert R. Hillers

Zephaniah – Marvin A. Sweeney

1 Enoch 1 – George W.E. Nickelsburg

1 Enoch 2 – George W.E. Nickelsburg and James C. VanderKam

Fourth Ezra – Michael E. Stone


Also see:

Bible Commentary Series (index)

New Testament commentaries (index)

Old Testament commentaries (index)