Friday, June 22, 2007

Blackwell Bible Commentaries

The blurb from Blackwell reads as follows...

The Blackwell Bible Commentaries offer a genuinely new approach in their emphasis on the way the Bible has been used and interpreted through the ages, from the church fathers through to current popular culture, and in spheres as diverse as art and politics, hymns and official church statements.

These are the first commentaries to place an emphasis on the Bible in literature, music and art; the Bible in history and politics; and the Bible in theology and religion. The volumes explore the fascinating reception history of the Bible, since what people believe a sacred text like the Bible means is often as interesting and historically important - theologically, politically, morally and aesthetically - as what it originally meant.

This outstanding series will be appreciated by students, their teachers, and anyone who wishes to understand how the Bible has been interpreted down the ages, and is still used in contemporary culture. Further information about the series is available from the Blackwell Bible Commentaries website at

The webiste offers sample chapters for free, so be sure to check it out. Christopher Rowland played a part in the one on Revelation, which I'm sure will be good. Anyone know anything about this series or read anything more about it?


Eddie said...

I had a look at the one on John's Gospel once but thought it too fried on each section to be worth publishing, especially at is price.

John Lyons said...

There are some reviews on the RBL web-site of the earliest volumes. So far five have been published (John, Revelation, Judges, Exodus, and Ecclesiastes). There is considerable variety among them, partly because the biblical books are different, partly because their histories of interpretation are different, and partly because different authors are constructing their works on different lines. You certainly shouldn't just look at the John one and think the rest would be the same.

Christopher Heard said...

Sean, I have reviewed both the Judges and Ecclesiastes volumes for The Bible and Critical Theory. Both volumes are quite good, but in quite different ways. I have high hopes for some of the future volumes as well.