Resource: Hermeneia Commentary

Key Features

  • A ‘critical’ type of commentary, tending toward a more liberal perspective
  • Intent is for full OT/NT coverage, but currently favors the NT. To increase depth of the OT, Continental Commentary volumes are added (which also include some NT books)
  • Hermenaia is one of the few commentaries that provides coverage for non-Biblical sources (e.g. Ignatius, Didache, Enoch, a critical ‘Q’, etc.)

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Wiki & Key Forum Comments

Andrew McKenzie (forum)
If you look at Glynn’s Commentary & Reference Survey on Google Books in chapter 2 he classifies both Hermeneia and Continental as Liberal, Technical Commentaries.

In another thread Mark Barnes has give a good comparison between a couple of the major commentaries to give you a feel of the difference between their commentary.

I had a look at Best Commentaries but there is not a great deal of reviews on the volumes in this set but it does list titles yet to be published, and classifies them as technical which is to be expected.

Damian McGrath (forum)
There are a number of real gems in the NT set. The ones I am most appreciative of are Luz’s three volumes on Matthew. They were originally slated to be published in the continental commentary series and were brought into hermeneia. What makes Luz outstanding is that he offers sections on the history of the interpretation of each unit. He casts an eye over the fathers, the medieval period and the reformers as well as looking at reception in art and poetry. Considering that these 3 volumes retail in Oz for $430, I consider their availability for $15 a volume amazing

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