Friday, August 27, 2010

Now in Print: NIB One Volume Commentary

My brand new copy of the New Interpreter’s Bible One-Volume Commentary came in the mail recently. I contributed the sections on Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. The volume has been a five year endeavor to replace the very successful Interpreter’s One Volume Commentary on the Bible, Charles Laymon, ed. (Abingdon Press, 1971), which went through its fifteenth printing in 1994.

The new volume contains articles on all the books of the Bible, including the Apocrypha, as well as numerous general articles on biblical interpretation, geographical and historical setting, literary criticism, religion, text, canon, translation, Bible and preaching/teaching, with bibliographies for each article. It also includes a chronology/timeline, table of measures, table of money, and a subject index. It is a substantial hardcover volume, but with larger than average print.

For the online sampler of the NIBOVC, click here (PDF sampler download). The volume has a special retail price of $45.00, a 40% discount, and Abingdon has no current plans to remove the offer. They would like for this resource to find its way into the library of every pastor and student of the Bible.

Here are a few of the endorsements that the volume can boast:

“For scholars, clergy, and students of the Bible looking for the most recent critical assessments of biblical literature and its theological ramifications for the modern world, this will be an indispensable reference work.” ~ Samuel E. Balentine, Professor of Old Testament, Union Presbyterian Seminary

“A challenge for the church today is helping people engage in theological reflection. Essential to this practice is the commitment to reading and interpreting biblical texts. This excellent One-Volume Commentary on the Bible makes the range of perspectives that inform contemporary biblical scholarship accessible to clergy, religious educators and teachers.” ~ Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Caldwell, McCormick Theological Seminary

“This new member of Abingdon’s family of biblical commentaries and reference works reflects the vitality and diversity of current scholarship, and the contributors communicate these in ways that pastors, students and laypeople alike will find interesting as well as informative. The NIBOVC is sure to earn the same respect that is already enjoyed by its widely-acclaimed siblings, like the New Interpreter’s Bible and the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible.” ~ Victor Paul Furnish, Southern Methodist University

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