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Number of Pages: 1184
Publication Date: 2000
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The Bible sacred scripture, literary classic, historical document. No matter how it is viewed, it remains the basis of much of Western culture. This fully revised edition of the HarperCollins Bible Commentary is the most uptodate reference book of its kind for understanding and interpreting the meaning of the Bible. The accessible and highly readable format sets a new standard for excellence.
The Commentary covers all of the Hebrew Bible, as well as the books of the Apocrypha and those of the New Testament, and thus addresses the biblical canons of Judaism, Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism. its innovative format covers the books of the Bible in three ways:
General essays setting the literary, cultural, and historical context for the entire Bible
Articles introducing major sections of the Bible
Commentaries on the individual books themselves by the finest contemporary biblical scholars
The HarperCollins Bible Commentary is unprecedented in its clarity, organization, and insight into the Bible. Helpful crossreferences to its companion, the HarperCollins Bible Dictionary, mean that readers will have all they need to explore the riches of the Scriptures for years to come.
Every section of the Commentary offers concise and authoritative guidance that will enable the reader to return to the text equipped to understand and appreciate the Bible more fully. Each of the eightythree contributors to this splendid volume is a leading expert in his or her field and a member of the Society of Biblical Literature. They have produced a volume that belongs in homes, schools, houses of worship, and libraries wherever there is a Bible.
General editor James L. Mays is the Cyrus McCormick Professor of Hebrew and the Old Testament Emeritus at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He has served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature and is a widely respected author and editor.
NeilSafford, AZAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Very-very objectiveSeptember 30, 2013NeilSafford, AZAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is one of my most consulted commentaries. I highly recommend it. It is NOT of a standard evangelical slant. The commentators step back from their personal theological convictions and just dig into the text and the minds of the original authors - and what their preaching meant to their contemporaries. Obviously, with so many writers, there are strengths and weaknesses. Much more strength.
If I read some sermon or paper that takes a theological stand on something and the preacher/writer cites a passage from the Bible, I can consult this commentary and quite often learn if the preacher is using the passage correctly or if the writer meant something completely different.
Very highly recommended.
The companion dictionary is also a recommended investment.
The Rev. J.D. Jensen3 Stars Out Of 5August 24, 2002The Rev. J.D. JensenThis IS a useful commentary except buyers should be forewarned that virtually all commentaries are written from the rationalistic "higher critical" mind-set. That is, denial of Mosaic authorship of the Torah, and that all prophecies in scripture were written "after the fact".