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Designed for the serious student of the Bible, each volume in the Hermeneia
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is to provide a full critical discussion of each problem of interpretation
and the primary data upon which the discussion is based. The authors make
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Hermeneia is widely acclaimed for:
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- use of extra-biblical (Ancient Near Eastern and Greco-Roman) sources
- fresh translations of the texts
- bold yet authoritative interpretations
Crafted to be international and interconfessional, the selection of both
authors and texts is broad and inclusive. When complete, the series will
include commentaries for each book of the Old and New Testaments, as well as
commentaries for important apocryphal and pseudepigraphical works (e.g.,
Fourth Ezra and The Shepherd of Hermas).
- Hermeneia on CD-ROM: A Critical and Historical Commentary on the
- Publisher: Fortress Press
- Copyright dates: 1985-2006
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Q: What does "Hermeneia" mean?
A: The name Hermeneia has a rich background in the history of
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for the detailed, systematic exposition of a scriptural work. It is intended
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original language. Insofar as possible, the aim is to provide the student or
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added are The Johannine Epistles (Bultmann) and Joel and Amos (Wolff).
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Electronic Books Included
- by Ralph W. Klein (Author)
- 512 pages | May 15, 2006
This commentary takes full advantage of recent advances in the textual
history of Samuel and Kings, demonstrating in many cases that the
differences often ascribed to the Chronicler came in fact from the divergent
copy of the canonical books he was rewriting. Klein brings to lively
expression the unique theological voice of the Chronicler and demonstrates
there have been far fewer secondary additions to the text than is normally
"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."
— Patrick D. Miller, Princeton Theological Seminary
- by Frank Lothar Hossfeld (Author); Erich Zenger (Author); Klaus
Baltzer (Editor); Linda M. Maloney (Translator)
- 580 pages | June 2005
This newest contribution to the acclaimed Hermeneia series provides
in-depth analysis of Psalms 51–100. It is volume 2 of a three-volume work;
volume 3 (Psalms 101–150) will come next, followed by volume 1 (Psalms
1–50), which will include the comprehensive introduction.
- by Thomas Kruger (Author); Klaus Baltzer (Editor); Jr. O. C. Dean (Translator)
- 320 pages | May 2004
Qoheleth presents a special challenge not only for professional
commentators but also for 'normal' readers of the Hebrew text (or a modern
translation). . . . Most people in modern Western industrial societies . . .
can relate without great difficulty to the reflections of the book of
Qoheleth on work and rest or on behavior vis-a-vis those in power, and they
can understand these reflections in terms of their own experiences.
Nonetheless, the way in which these and other themes are handled in Qoheleth
is a little puzzling. The fact that the book . . . reveals no clear
organization and no overall progression of ideas may be accepted as a
literary peculiarity and perhaps even strike one as interesting. Yet when
one finds on various themes many statements that are highly contradictory in
both the broad and the narrow context, one begins to ask what could be the
point of this book and what is the purpose expressed in it. The present
commentary seeks to help answer these questions.
The Song of Songs
- by Roland E. Murphy (Author); S. Dean McBride Jr. (Editor)
- 264 pages | August 1990
Murphy offers a representative sounding in the major periods of the
Song's exegetical history. Attention is given to the hermeneutical
principles operative in the development of Jewish and Christian exposition.
Murphy examines the literary character and structure of the Song, aspects of
its composition and style, and its meaning and theological significance.
Deutero-Isaiah: Chapters 40-55
- by Klaus Baltzer (Author); Peter Machinist (Editor); Margaret Kohl (Translator)
- 632 pages | January 2001
Isaiah 40–55 in dramatic voice
Deutero-Isaiah's work, which comprises Isaiah chapters 40–55, has exerted
its influence on testimonies of faith in both Jewish and Christian tradition
down to the present day.
Baltzer's magnificent commentary places the document in the new context
after the Exile. The experience of catastrophe, the need to grapple with new
problems, and hope for a peaceful future are linked in Deutero-Isaiah's
composition. The work aims to establish accord between adherents of the
Jacob/Israel tradition on the one hand and those committed to the Zion/Jerusalem
tradition on the other — the background being the tensions between the
exiles and the people who had remained on the land.
Along with masterful presentation of the book's themes, Baltzer also
develops a creative hypothesis about the work's genre, identifying it as a "liturgical
drama" in six acts, which makes it possible to understand the text's
function in worship and its significance as a literary text of supreme
artistry for a non
- by William L. Holladay (Author); Paul D. Hanson (Editor)
- 682 pages | January 1986
Holladay's English rendering translates identical words and phrases
consistent, and compares the parallel passages which are a prominent feature
Jeremiah 2: Chapters 26-52
- by William L. Holladay (Author); Paul D. Hanson (Editor)
- 544 pages | January 1989
Includes a full introduction, which deals with the development of the
text and the literary development from the earlist dictated scrolls to its
Ezekiel 1: Chapters 1-24
- by Walther Zimmerli (Author); Leonard Jay Greenspoon (Editor);
Ronald E. Clements (Translator)
- 560 pages | January 1988
This book will become one of the classic works on Ezekiel. It is so
thorough that it will be most useful to the scholar and serious students.
Ezekiel 2: Chapters 25-28
- by Walther Zimmerli (Author); Leonard Jay Greenspoon (Editor); Paul
D. Hanson (Editor); James D. Martin (Translator)
- 640 pages | January 1988
A major achievement . . . An essential tool for any serious study of
- by John J. Collins (Author)
- 500 pages | February 1994
The most comprehensive English-language commentary on Daniel in 65 years.
Collins situates the Old Testament in its historical context and offers a
full explanation of the text, especially its religious imagery.
"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."
-- Amos N. Wilder, The Divinity School, Harvard
- by Hans Walter Wolff (Author); Paul D. Hanson (Editor); Gary
- 260 pages | January 1988
A fascinating commentary on one of the most difficult of the Old
Joel and Amos
- by Hans Walter Wolff (Author); Waldemar Janzen (Translator); S. Dean
McBride, Jr. (Editor & Translator); Charles A. Muenchow (Translator)
- 392 pages | 1977
From the preface: "Joel and Amos lie adjacent to one another in the canon.
They mark the beginning and and end of written prophecy. The book of Amos is
the earliest prophetic work at least a portion of whose written traditions
derives from the prophet himself, while the book of Joel was apparently a
literary composition from the outset. Amos was the first to proclaim the
somber Day of Yahweh, while Joel systematically developed the theme of the
Day of Yahweh as a message of judgment as well as of salvation for Israel."
- by Shalom M. Paul (Author)
- 440 pages | July 1990
Makes extensive use of ancient Near Eastern sources, and employs medieval
Jewish exegesis along with modern Israeli biblical scholarship.
- by Delbert R. Hillers (Author); Paul D. Hanson (Editor)
- 116 pages | January 1988
With refreshing respect for the reader, Hillers lays out the evidence for
his case cautiously and asks the readers to form their own decisions . . .
He very sensitively explicates the many figures of speech and collects a
most helpful set of biblical passages which illuminate the text. His skill
in saying much in a few, well- chosen words is impressive.
- by Marvin A. Sweeney (Author); Paul D. Hanson (Editor)
- 250 pages | September 2003
The Book of Zephaniah poses a full range of interpretive and hermenutical
issues for the modern reader. Sweeney’s keen reading of this small,
prophetic book opens new doors for Hebrew Bible research. He situates the
reading of Zephaniah in the early sixth century b.c.e. rather than the late
seventh century b.c.e.
Sweeney’s interpretation pays close attention to the often subtle
differences between the Masoretic Text, Septuagint, Dead Sea Scrolls,
Peshitta, and targums. His methodology includes form criticism, tradition
history, and social history.
* Critical and historical commentary on this prophetic book of the Hebrew
* Strong text-critical analysis
* Locates book in Israel's history and Ancient Near Eastern context
"In dialogue with recent interpreters, Sweeney draws sound and balanced
conclusions about the rhetorical aim, literary form, and historical context
of Zephaniah. His analysis is firmly grounded in a painstaking discussion of
the philological issues, with excellent coverage of what the ancient
versions imply for both textual criticism and the history of interpretation.
For the foreseeable future, this commentary will provide an indispensable
frame of reference for the scholarly discussion of this prophetic book."
— Michael H. Floyd, Professor of Old Testament, Episcopal Theological
Seminary of the Southwes
- by Ulrich Luz (Author); Helmut Koester (Editor); James E Crouch (Translator)
- 646 pages | January 2001
This is the second of a three-volume commentary on the gospel of Matthew
from Europe's leading Matthew scholar. Volume 1 Matthew 1-7 was previously
published in the "Continental Commentaries" series. Luz’s commentary is
especially noteworthy, not only for his incisive exegesis, but also his keen
eye for the importance of the history of interpretation and his attention to
the relevance of the New Testament for contemporary Christian ethics. This
commentary includes excursuses on Son of David; Matthew’s Interpretation of
the Parables; Peter in the Gospel of Matthew; and Son of Man.
- by Ulrich Luz (Author)
- 726 pages | December 2005
In this third volume, Luz brings his superlative analysis of Matthew's
Gospel to a close. He is renowned for both his discerning exegetical
insights as well as his tracing of the effects the text has had throughout
history—in theological argument, art, and literature. This final section
provides in-depth treatment of Jesus' final days—his entry into Jerusalem,
the Passion Narrative, and post-resurrection appearances.
- by Francois Bovon (Author); Helmut Koester (Editor); Christine M.
- 480 pages | May 2002
This is the first of a three-volume commentary on the Gospel of Luke,
covering the birth narratives through the Galilean ministry of Jesus. The
introduction covers the text-critical questions of the Gospel, as well as
its canonization, language, structure, origin, and theological profile.
Bovon argues that Luke is not a direct student of Paul, but represents a
specific form of the Pauline school in the third generation of the churches.
The author also treats how the Gospel was used in later generations: writers
from the early church, the Middle Ages, and the Reformation. He includes
excursuses on "The Virgin Birth and the History of Religions," "The Devil,"
"The Word of God," and "Forgiveness of Sins."
John 1: Chapters 1-6
- by Ernst Haenchen (Author); Ulrich Busse (Editor); Robert W. Funk (Editor)
- 344 pages | January 1988
Contains a number of valuable insights. The introductory material on
Johannine criticism is some of the clearest exposition for students
John 2: Chapters 7-21
- by Ernst Haenchen (Author); Ulrich Busse (Editor); Robert W. Funk (Editor)
- 384 pages | January 1988
Contains a number of valuable insights. The introductory material on
Johannine criticism is some of the clearest exposition for students
Acts of the Apostles
- by Hans Conzelmann (Author); Eldon Jay Epp (Editor); A Thomas
Kraabel (Translator); James Limburg (Translator)
- 288 pages | January 1988
Filled with compact, almost aphoristic observations about the text, its
background, and its theology. Its insight should sustain its value for a
- by Robert Jewett (Author); Eldon Jay Epp (Editor)
- 1000 pages | November 2006
Deeply conversant in the full range of questions and interpretations of
the letter, Jewett's commentary explores the crucial and controverted
passages that have always animated studies of Romans. Jewett also
incorporates the exciting new insights from archaeology of the city of Rome,
social history of early Christianity, social-scientific work on early
Christianity, and the interpretation and reception of Paul's letter through
Breaking free from abstract approaches that defend traditional theologies,
Jewett shows that the entire letter aims to elicit support for Paul's
forthcoming mission to the "barbarians" in Spain. His work specifically
focuses on Paul's missionary plans and how they figure in the letter, on
Paul's critical and constructive tack with the Roman community, and finally
and especially on how Paul's letter reframes the entire system of honor and
shame as it informed life in the Roman Empire at the time. The latter
remains a pertinent message today. The first commentary to interpret Romans
within the imperial context as well as in the light of the situation in
Spain, this landmark commentary, twenty-five years in the making, will set
the standard for interpretation of Romans for the next generation.
- by Hans Conzelmann (Author); George W. MacRae S.J. (Editor); James
W. Leitch (Translator)
- 324 pages | January 1988
Will bring to serious students . . ., as well as pastors and ministers,
the critical guide needed for their biblical work.
2 Corinthians 8 and 9
- by Hans Dieter Betz (Author); George W. MacRae S.J. (Editor)
- 180 pages | January 1985
In a fresh examination [of 2 Corinthians] what is needed first is a
detailed and careful analysis of the chapters in order to find out whether
they in fact can be related to letter categories known from other ancient
epistolary literature, that is, whether their literary form, internal
composition, argumentative rhetoric, and function can be shown to be that of
independent epistolary fragments. The present study provides such an
analysis of 2 Corinthians 8 and 9. This analysis is in most represents the
first such attempt, but it is certainly not intended to be the last word on
the subject. Sufficient evidence is provided to support the conclusions, so
that quick reactions of mere agreement or disagreement, a mere embrace or
indignation, will be avoided. The challenge to the serious students of the
New Testament is to sustain a developed scientific argument.
-- from the Forward and Preface
- by Hans Dieter Betz (Author)
- 352 pages | January 1989
Betz exhibits a massive control of the literature on Galatians and
especially of the ancient literatuer relevant for understanding it. He has a
gently rigorous way of demolishing fanciful and unsupported exegesis of the
past while still taking clear positions on controversial issues.
Colossians and Philemon
- by Edward Lohse (Author); Helmut Koester (Editor); Robert J. Karris
(Translator); William R. Poehlmann (Translator)
- 234 pages | January 1988
Lohse gives the reader solid interpretation and access to other scholars'
The Pastoral Epistles
- by Hans Conzelmann (Author); Martin Dibelius (Author); Helmut
Koester (Editor); Philip Buttolph (Translator); Adela Yarbro (Translator)
- 176 pages | January 1989
There are many English commentaries on these letters, but none so replete
with quotations (some quite extensive) from extra-biblical materials,
whether Hellenistic, Jewish, or Christian, that bear on the linguistic and
conceptual problems the letters contain.
- by Harold W. Attridge (Author); Helmut Koester (Editor)
- 438 pages | January 1989
The first major and comprehensive English-language commentary on Hebrews
in over fifty years. Presents a balanced and richly documented
- by Martin Dibelius (Author); Helmut Koester (Editor); Michael A.
- 286 pages | January 1988
A distinguished contribution to New Testament scholarship
. . . Represents a classic position that must be taken into account by all
- by Paul J. Achtemeier (Author); Eldon Jay Epp (Editor)
- 464 pages | July 1996
This commentary, the fruit of years of research, is a gold-mine for
clergy and an indispensable resource for students and scholars. Achtemeier .
. . brings to this text his characteristic mastery of scholarship,
theological insight and balanced judgment.
The Johannine Epistles
- by Rudolf Bultmann (Author); R. Philip O'Hara (Translator); Lane C.
McGaughy (Translator); Robert W. Funk (Editor & Translator)
- 143 pages | 1973
A classic commentary on 1, 2, and 3 John from a well-known name in the
field of biblical studies. Bultmann addresses issues of authorship and
source criticism into his discussion of the epistles, largely siding with
Haenchen and Schnackenburg.
The Johannine Letters
- by Georg Strecker (Author)
- 368 pages | January 1996
A scholarly treatment of the major literary, exegetical, and theological
issues connected with the Johannine epistles, presented in a detailed and
The Apostolic Tradition
- by Paul F. Bradshaw (Author); Maxwell E. Johnson (Author); L. Edward
Phillips (Author); Harold W. Attridge (Editor)
- 282 pages | October 2002
"The anonymous early church order that became known as the Apostolic
Tradition and conventionally attributed to Hippolytus of Rome has generated
enormous scholarly discussion since its discovery in the nineteenth century.
Surprisingly, however, there has never before been a comprehensive
commentary on it such as there is for other patristic works. We have here
attempted to remedy this defect, and at the same time we have offered the
first full synoptic presentation in English of the various witnesses to its
text. We have also taken the opportunity to develop our argument that it is
neither the work of Hippolytus nor of any other individual. Instead, we
believe that it is a composite document made up of a number of layers and
strands of diverse provenance and compiled over a period of time, and
therefore not representing the practice of any one Christian community."
— from the Preface
This Hermeneia volume provides an important contribution to New Testament
research as well as the study of the patristic era.
- by Kurt Niederwimmer (Author); Harold W. Attridge (Editor)
- 318 pages | November 1998
One hundred twenty-five years ago, Philotheos Bryennios discovered the
text of the Didache in an eleventh-century manuscript version. In 1883 he
edited the manuscript for publication, and its special fascination for
scholars remains undiminished. One of the oldest extracanonical Christian
documents, the Didache's origins can be traced to the first century. It is
apparently a catechism, intended to provide basic instruction in the
Christian lifestyle and worship for persons preparing for baptism.
The Didache exhibits fascinating echoes of Jesus' teaching in its Matthean
form, along with rare glimpses into the life of an early Christian
community--its values, its observance of the Eucharist, its leaders, and the
character of its hope.
Niederwimmer's wonderful commentary is a model of clarity and learning and a
splendid addition to this premier commentary series.
"This excellent commentary on the Didache finally makes Niederwimmer's
scholarly German work available to an English-speaking audience.
Niederwimmer reveals extensive research and solid scholarship...He carefully
explicates the text's four major sections: baptismal catechesis, liturgy,
church order, and eschatology...It would be especially effective for
teaching a class concerning sacramental meals, rituals, and church order in
the early Christian communities."
—Interpretation, vol. 53, 1999
1 Enoch 1: Chapters 1-36; 81-108
- by George W. E. Nickelsburg (Author); Klaus Baltzer (Editor)
- 662 pages | November 2001
The first exhaustive commentary on this work since 1773!
1 Enoch is one of the most intriguing books in the Pseudepigrapha (Israelite
works outside the Hebrew canon). It was originally written in Aramaic and is
comprised of several smaller works, incorporating traditions from the three
centuries before the Common Era. Employing the name of the ancient patriach
Enoch, the Aramaic text was translated into Greek and then into Ethiopic.
But as a whole, it is a classic example of revelatory (apocalyptic)
literature and an important collection of Jewish literature from the
Hellenistic and Roman periods.
This volume represents the culmination of three decades' work on the Book of
1 Enoch for Nickelsburg. He provides detailed commentary on each passage in
chapters 1-36 and 81-108, and an introduction to the full work. The
introduction includes sections on overviews of each of the smaller
collections, texts and manuscripts, literary aspects, worldview and
religious thought, the history of ideas and social contexts, usage in later
Jewish and Christian literatures, and a survey of the modern study of the
book. (Volume 2 will cover chapters 37-80 and will be written by Nickelsburg
and James VanderKam.)
- by Michael Edward Stone (Author); Frank Moore Cross (Editor)
- 520 pages | November 1990
Fourth Ezra is a magnificent commentary, the definitive and standard work
for generations to come.
The Shepherd of Hermas
- by Carolyn Osiek (Author); Helmut Koester (Editor)
- 320 pages | July 1999
Extremely popular in its time, The Shepherd of Hermas is a second-century
work often used for instruction of catechumens, and in fact, is widely
regarded as scripture. In it Hermas, a rich freed slave whose wealth was not
always lawfully obtained, undergoes and relates several visions (including
one from an angel disguised as a shepherd), repents, and offers advice on
Christian teaching and behavior.
Comprehensive and careful, Carolyn Osiek's is the only full-length
commentary on "The Shepherd" in English. Hermas's revelations afford us
glimpses of religious imagination, social world, and moral ideals among
early second-century Romans.
Ignatius of Antioch
- by William R. Schoedel (Author); Helmut Koester (Editor)
- 306 pages | January 1985
This book belongs on the shelf of every minister who takes seriously the
history and theology of the early church. Buy a copy—and read it.
The Critical Edition of Q
- by Paul Hoffmann (Editor); John S. Kloppenborg (Editor); James M.
- 690 pages | November 2000
A major new resource on the text and traditions of the Sayings Gospel.
The existence of Q (simply defined as the non-Markan material common to
Matthew and Luke) as a document in the earliest churches was first
hypothesized by C. H. Weisse in 1838. The existence, character, and
significance of Q as a document from primitive Christianity has further been
developed since then by numerous scholars, including the two groundbreaking
Fortress Press books by John S. Kloppenborg: The Formation of Q (1987) and
Excavating Q (2000).
Q remains a subject of heated debate. The Q material consists mainly of
sayings of Jesus, but begins with some sayings of John the Baptist. For the
most part narratives are missing; most conspicuously of all is the Passion
The critical text edition includes an introduction; the running text of Q;
new translations of Q in English, German, and French; the fully formatted
Greek text of Q with parallels in Matthew, Luke, Mark, Gospel of Thomas, and
other gospels wherever relevant; a concordance; and a bibliography.
This book is a cooperative venture between Fortress Press and Peeters
Publishers (Leuven, Belgium). This also is the first volume of Hermeneia
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