Paideia Commentary Series

Reviews of the Paideia Commentary Series

Paideia bible commentaries“The Paideia Commentary series has established itself as a solid series of concise works that focus on the final form of the biblical text, highlighting narrative flow, rhetorical devices and structure, and commenting particularly on relevant historical background and theological significance.”

Craig L. Blomberg, Denver Journal

“[I] continue to be impressed by the contributors’ skill in combining academic rigor with accessibility. . . . The [series] authors . . . combine historical and linguistic analysis with theological reflection, which makes these commentaries useful for those interested in bridging the gap between the ancient world and contemporary Christianity (seminarians, clergy). . . . Frequent inserts with asides [offer] additional explanations or attempts to relate ancient texts to contemporary issues.”

Michael Gilmour, Catholic Biblical Quarterly

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Purpose of the Paideia Commentary Series

Paideia Commentaries explore how New Testament texts inform Christian readers by:

  • Attending to the ancient narrative and rhetorical strategies the text employs
  • Showing how the text shapes theological convictions and moral habits
  • Commenting on the final, canonical form of each New Testament book
  • Focusing on the cultural, literary, and theological settings of the text
  • Making judicious use of maps, photos, and sidebars in a reader-friendly format

The Paideia series approaches each text in its final, canonical form, proceeding by sense units (pericopes) rather than word-by-word or verse-by-verse. Thus, each commentary follows the original train of thought as indicated by the author instead of modern artificial distinctions. Using this approach, one is able to grasp not only the exegetical-historical information of a passage, but also follow a coherent theological expression throughout.

Finally, this series is enormously helpful and practical through its usage of small visual presentations of historical, exegetical, and theological information. Highly user friendly, this is a great resource for college students, pastors, or those who want to take their Bible study to another level.

Volumes in the Concordia Commentary Series

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Matthew by Charles H. Talbert

Mark by Mary Ann Beavis

John by Jo-Ann A. Brant

Acts by Mikeal C. Parsons

Romans by Frank J. Matera

1 Corinthians by Pheme Perkins

2 Corinthians by Raymond F. Collins

Ephesians and Colossians by Charles H. Talbert

Hebrews by James W. Thompson

James and Jude by Duane F. Watson and Terrance Callan

First and Second Peter by John Painter and David A. deSilva

First, Second, and Third John by George L. Parsenios