New Interpreter’s – Volume 1 | Review, Summary, Images

New Interpreter’s® Bible offers critically sound biblical interpretations for the 1990’s and beyond. Guided by scholars, pastors, and laity representing diverse traditions, academic experience, and involvement in the Church, this entirely new collection of writings is specifically prepared to meet the needs of preachers, teachers, and all students of the Bible.

Please see a video introduction to this commentary series

Vol. 1: Introductory Articles, Genesis – Leviticus

Contributors to Volume 1:
Introduction to The New Interpreter’s Bible: Leander E. Keck
How We Got Our Bible
Introduction to the Canon: Daniel J. Harrington
Modern English Versions of the Bible: Keith R. Crim
How the Bible Is Read, Interpreted, and Used
The Authority of the Bible: Phyllis A. Bird
How the Bible Has Been Interpreted in Jewish Tradition: Michael A. Signer
How the Bible Has Been Interpreted in Christian Tradition: Justo L. González
Contemporary Theories of Biblical Interpretation: Moisés Silva
Contemporary Methods of Reading the Bible: Carl R. Holladay
Reading the Bible from Particular Social Locations: An Introduction: James Earl Massey
Reading the Bible as African Americans: James Earl Massey
Reading the Bible as Asian Americans: Chan-Hie KimNew Interpreter's commentary volume 1
Reading the Bible as Hispanic Americans: Fernando F. Segovia
Reading the Bible as Native Americans: George E. Tinker
Reading the Bible as Women: Carolyn Osiek
The Use of the Bible in Preaching: David G. Buttrick
The Use of the Bible in Hymns, Liturgy, and Education: Catherine Gunsalus González
The Background of the Old Testament Texts
Life in Ancient Palestine: David C. Hopkins
The Ancient Near Eastern Literary Background of the Old Testament: Simon B. Parker
Introduction to the History of Ancient Israel: J. Maxwell Miller
Introduction to Israelite Religion: Gary A. Anderson
Introduction to Early Jewish Religion: John J. Collins
Ancient Texts and Versions of the Old Testament: Judith E. Sanderson
Introduction to the Pentateuch: Joseph Blenkinsopp
Introduction, Commentary, and Reflections

Genesis: Terence E. Fretheim

Exodus: Walter Brueggemann

Leviticus: Walter C. Kaiser Jr.

About the New Interpreter’s Series

Easy-to-use Format:

  • Full texts and critical notes: NIV and NRSV
  • A detailed, critical Commentary providing an exegetical “close-reading” of the biblical text
  • Reflections that present a detailed exposition of issues raised in the discussion and dealt with in the Commentary Key Features:
  • The entire Bible (including the Apocrypha Deuterocanonical books) in twelve volumes
  • Introductions to each book that cover essential historical, sociocultural, literary, and theological issues
  • An ecumenical roster of contributors
  • Comprehensive, concise articles
  • Numerous visual aids (illustrations, maps, charts, timelines) enhance use


“The New Interpreter’s Bible commentators are consistently aware that they are in conversation with preachers and teachers in the church. The New Interpreter’s Bible is the commentary preachers and teachers need for the years ahead.”
—Patrick J. Wilson, The Christian Century

“These set of handsome, user-friendly reference books fully accomplishes what it sets out to do, and should prove to be a valuable addition to any Bible student’s resource library.”
—Harry Conay, “The Book Shelf,” Religious Broadcasting

“The insights of each of the authors are informative and the Reflections, which follow the literary divisions of each book, are stimulating. Student and teacher alike will find this a very helpful resource.”
—Bible Today Volume 35

The entire set should be among the few sets of commentaries on the bookshelves of the serious student of the Scriptures.
—James W. Cox, Review and Expositor

“The quality of both the commentary and the Reflections sections is consistently high. The New Interpreter’s Bible is an invaluable addition to the library of both academician and pastor.”
—Victor P. Hamilton, Asbury College

“The New Interpreter’s Bible provides a much richer perspective on the text than in any other commentary series currently available.”
—Lawrence Boadt, CSP Washington Theological Union, Silver Spring, MD

“For this magnificent achievement, Abingdon Press deserves praise from clergy, academics, and anyone interested in the Bible.”
—Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN

“The strength of this work lies in its explicit attempt to bring the depth of biblical scholarship into conversion with the preaching and teaching ministry of the church.”
—David Mesner, Christ Lutheran Church, Slayton, MN

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Other resources in the New Interpreter’s series

New Interpreter’s Bible Commentaries (main page)

New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary

New Interpreter’s One-Volume Commentary

New Interpreter’s Study Bible

New Interpreter’s Old Testament Survey

New Interpreter’s New Testament Survey

New Interpreter’s Handbook on Preaching

Other resources from Abingdon Press

Abingdon bible commentaries

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