Hermeneia Commentaries (HERM) | Reviews, Theology

The Hermeneia bible commentary series is a technical-critical academic resource that has been published by Fortress Press since the late 1970’s. The series includes commentaries on biblical books, as well as other ancient literature that is closely related to the Bible. [1] The word Greek word transliterated “Hermeneia” describes a systematic exposition of the biblical text. [2]

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Readers who have training in Hebrew and Greek will maximize the information contained in Hermeneia volumes. Authors also utilize other languages such as Latin, Canaanite, and Akkadian, though English translations are provided. The commentaries that were first published in this series are rooted in mid-twentieth century German scholarship (e.g. Zimmerli), but in the 1990’s and 2000’s more American writers contributed volumes.

There are approximately 40 volumes in the Hermeneia series, most of which are bible commentaries, though a few cover specialty topics such as The Sermon on the Mount and the theoretical Gospels-studies document, Q.

Volumes are still being published and Fortress Press indicates that new volumes will eventually replace the older ones in the series. Hermeneia hardbacks are relatively over-sized, measuring 9.5 inches top to bottom and 8.6 inches left to right. Volumes are also available on CD-Rom. [3]

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

Hemerneia Commentaries (HERM): Reviews

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Among the well-reviewed recent releases include Paul Achtemeier’s 1 Peter commentary, Hans Conzelmann’ s Acts commentary, and Harold W. Attridge’s Hebrews commentary.

Morna D. Hooker of University of Cambridge states that “taken together, Hermeneia represents some of the best recent biblical scholarship” and Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann has written that the “Hermeneia will be the benchmark and reference point for all future work.”

Fortress Press states that editors “of Hermeneia impose no systematic-theological perspective upon the series (directly, or indirectly by selection of authors).” [4] Theological reflection, as well as personal and corporate application, are not priorities of the series.

Interviews from the Hermeneia series on Best Bible Commentaries

I am pleased to have conducted a question-and-answer on the Philippians volume in the Hermeneia series with author Paul A. Holloway. Here is a preview:

“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.”

Please see the entire Paul A. Holloway interview.

New Testament Volumes in the Hermeneia Series

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The Apostolic Tradition | Publication Date: 2002 | ISBN: 9780800660468

The Didache | Publication Date: 1998 | ISBN: 9780800660277

Ignatius of Antioch | Publication Date: 1985 | ISBN: 9780800660161

The Shepherd of Hermas | Publication Date: 1999 | ISBN: 9780800660635

The Odes of Solomon | Publication Date: 2009 | ISBN: 9780800660567

Matthew 1–7 – Ulrich Luz | Publication Date: 2007 | ISBN: 9780800660994

Matthew 8–20 – Ulrich Luz | Publication Date: 2001 | ISBN: 9780800660345

Matthew 21–28 – Ulrich Luz | Publication Date: 2005 | ISBN: 9780800637705

The Sermon on the Mount – Hans Dieter Betz | Publication Date: 1995 | ISBN: 9780800660314

Mark – Adela Yarbro Collins | Publication Date: 2007 | ISBN: 9780800660789

Luke 1:1–9:50 – François Bovon | Publication Date: 2002 | ISBN: 9780800660444

Luke 9:51–19:27François Bovon | Publication Date: 2013 | ISBN: 9780800697594

Luke 19:28–24:53 François Bovon | Publication Date: 2012 | ISBN: 9780800697600

The Critical Edition of Q Paul Hoffman, John S. Kloppenborg, and James M. Robinson | Publication Date: 2002 | ISBN: 9780800631499

John 1–6 Ernst Haenchen | Publication Date: 1988 | ISBN: 9780800660130

John 7–21 Ernst Haenchen | Publication Date: 1988 | ISBN: 9780800660154

Acts of the Apostles Hans Conzelmann | Publication Date: 1988 | ISBN: 9780800660185

Acts Richard I. Pervo | Publication Date: 2008 | ISBN: 9780800660451

Romans Robert Jewett | Publication Date: 2006 | ISBN: 9780800660840

1 Corinthians Hans Conzelmann | Publication Date: 1988 | ISBN: 9780800660055

2 Corinthians 8 and 9 Hans Dieter Betz | Publication Date: 1985 | ISBN: 9780800660147

GalatiansHans Dieter Betz | Publication Date: 1989 | ISBN: 9780800660093

Colossians and PhilemonEduard Lohse | Publication Date: 1988 | ISBN: 9780800660017

The Pastoral Epistles Hans Conzelmann and Martin Dibelius | Publication Date: 1989 | ISBN: 9780800660024

Hebrews Harold W. Attridge | Publication Date: 1989 | ISBN: 9780800660215

James Martin Dibelius | Publication Date: 1988 | ISBN: 9780800660062

1 Peter Paul J. Achtemeier | Publication Date: 1996 | ISBN: 9780800660307

The Johannine Letters Georg Strecker | Publication Date: 1996 | ISBN: 9780800660475

The Johannine Epistles Rudolf Bultmann | Publication Date: 1973 | ISBN: 9780800660031

Old Testament Volumes in the Hermeneia Series

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1 Chronicles – Ralph W. Klein | Publication Date: 2006 | ISBN: 9780800660857

2 Chronicles – Ralph W. Klein | Publication Date: 2012 | ISBN: 9780800661014

Psalms 2 (Psalms 51–100) – Frank Lothar Hossfeld and Erich Zenger | Publication Date: 2005 | ISBN: 9780800660611

Psalms 3 (Psalms 101–150) – Frank Lothar Hossfeld and Erich Zenger | Publication Date: 2011 | ISBN: 9780800607623

Qoheleth – Thomas Krüger | Publication Date: 2004 | ISBN: 9780800660369

The Song of Songs – Roland E. Murphy | Publication Date: 1990 | ISBN: 9780800660246

First Isaiah – J.M.M. Roberts | ISBN: 9780800660802

Deutero–Isaiah – Klaus Baltzer | Publication Date: 2001 | ISBN: 9780800660390

Jeremiah 1 – William L. Holladay | Publication Date: 1986 | ISBN: 9780800660178

Jeremiah 2 – William L. Holladay | Publication Date: 1989 | ISBN: 9780800660222

Ezekiel 1 – Walther Zimmerli | Publication Date: 1988 | ISBN: 9780800660086

Ezekiel 2 – Walther Zimmerli | Publication Date: 1988 | ISBN: 9780800660109

Daniel – John J. Collins | Publication Date: 1994 | ISBN: 9780800660406

Hosea – Hans Walter Wolff | Publication Date: 1988 | ISBN: 9780800660048

Joel and Amos – Hans Walter Wolff | Publication Date: 1977 | ISBN: 9780800660079

Amos – Shalom M. Paul | Publication Date: 1990 | ISBN: 9780800660239

Micah – Delbert R. Hillers | Publication Date: 1988 | ISBN: 9780800660123

Zephaniah – Marvin A. Sweeney | Publication Date: 2003 | ISBN: 9780800660499

1 Enoch 1 – George W.E. Nickelsburg | Publication Date: 2001 | ISBN: 9780800660741

1 Enoch 2 – George W.E. Nickelsburg and James C. VanderKam | Publication Date: 2011 | ISBN: 9780800698379

Fourth Ezra – Michael E. Stone | Publication Date: 1990 | ISBN: 9780800660260


Footnotes

  1. http://fortresspress.com/hermeneia
  2. https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/hermeneia.html
  3. https://www.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/4781/0800697804-Hermeneia-Old-Testament-on-CD-ROM-
  4. Fortress.com/hermeneia