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Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The Old Testament and Apocrypha

Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The Old Testament and Apocrypha

The Fortress Commentary on the Bible: Old Testament and Apocrypha presents a balanced synthesis of current scholarship, enabling readers to interpret Scripture for a complex and pluralistic world.
The contributors bring a rich diversity of perspectives to the task of connecting solid historical critical analysis of the Scripture with sensitivity to theological, cultural, and interpretive issues arising in our encounter with the text. The contributors represent a broad array of theological commitment—Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and others.
The introductory articles and section introductions in the volume discuss the dramatic challenges that have shaped contemporary interpretation of the Old Testament and Apocrypha. Individual book articles provide an introduction and commentary on key sense units that are explored through the lenses of three critical questions:
  • The text in its ancient context. What did the text probably mean in its original historical and cultural context?
  • The text in the interpretive tradition. How have centuries of reading and interpreting shaped our understanding of the text?
  • The text in contemporary discussion. What are the unique challenges and interpretive questions that arise for readers and hearers of the text today?
The result is a commentary that is comprehensive and useful for preaching, teaching, and research.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780800699161
  • eBook ISBN 9781451489668
  • Brand Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 7.5 x 9.25
  • Pages 1050
  • Publication Date October 1, 2014


"The Fortress Commentary on the Bible provides an excellent resource for beginning students and Bible study groups. It includes many fine contributions by experienced and reliable scholars, and the bibliographies are a treasure trove."
—John J. Collins
Yale Divinity School 

"With the culinary artistry of a Julia Childs and a Wolfgang Puck, producing elegance, symmetry, and engaging knowledge, the Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The Old Testament and Apocrypha provides a wonderful smorgasbord of insight into the Hebrew Bible and Apocrypha with rich servings of literary, historical, and theological wisdom. With global, diverse voices and perspectives, contributors address texts in their ancient contexts and the textual interpretative traditions, and situate the texts in their contemporary milieus, always aware of their audiences. With the rich appetizers and entrees of sociocultural, literary, and political insights, this biblical commentary invites readers to gain insights that allow for marveling at the poetic and prophetic voices in the text, toward becoming responsible interpreters. This work is a must read for those with an appetite of curiosity, for those who desire a new recipe for reading, and for any who desire to have a one-volume biblical commentary that is exquisite and profound, yet quite accessible."
—Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan
Shaw University Divinity School


An interview with Professor Paul Kim, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, on why he uses the Fortress Commentary on the Bible for his course!

Interview with Paul Kim, Methodist Theological School in Ohio