Item description for The New Interpreter's Bible: Kings - Judith (Volume 3) by Ralph W. Klein, Mount St Scholastica & Leslie Allen...
Overview Volume 3: 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah, Esther and Additions to Esther, Tobit, Judith Key Features: Easy-to-Use Format--detailed, critical Commentary and Reflections; Includes the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books; New material specifically prepared to meet the needs of today's preachers, teachers, and all students of the Bible; The biblical text is divided into coherent and natural units Numerous visual aids enhance understanding and ease of use; Introductions to each biblical book cover essential historical, literary, sociocultural, and theological issues; The full texts and critical notes of the NIV and NRSV are presented in parallel columns for quick reference comparison
Publishers Description New Interpreter's(r) Bible offers critically sound biblical interpretations for the 1990s and beyond. Guided by scholars, pastors, and laity representing diverse traditions, academic experience, and involvement in the Church, this entirely new collection of writings is specifically prepared to meet the needs of preachers, teachers, and all students of the Bible. Easy-to-use Format: * Full texts and critical notes: NIV and NRSV * A detailed, critical Commentary providing an exegetical "close-reading" of the biblical text * Reflections that present a detailed exposition of issues raised in the discussion and dealt with in the Commentary Key Features: * The entire Bible (including the Apocrypha Deuterocanonical books) in twelve volumes * Introductions to each book that cover essential historical, sociocultural, literary, and theological issues * An ecumenical roster of contributors * Comprehensive, concise articles * Numerous visual aids (illustrations, maps, charts, timelines) enhance use.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.5" Width: 7.82" Height: 2.38" Weight: 4.85 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 1999
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
Series New Interpreters Bible
Series Number 3
ISBN 0687278163 ISBN13 9780687278169
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More About Ralph W. Klein, Mount St Scholastica & Leslie Allen
Ralph W. Klein is Christ Seminary-Seminex professor of Old Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). He has written for numerous journals, has been editor of "Currents in Theology and Mission" since 1974, and is an associate editor of the "Catholic Biblical Quarterly". His books include "Textual Criticism of the Old Testament", "Israel in Exile", "Ezekiel: the Prophet and his Message"; and the commentary on Ezra and Nehemiah in the "New Interpreter's Bible". Klein received his M.Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and his Th.D. from Harvard University.
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Further along... Jun 22, 2003
The New Interpreter's Bible is a twelve-volume series, updating the popular Interpreter's Bible from a few decades ago. There are several key features common to all of the volumes of this series. First, each includes a two-column, double translation of the Biblical text (NIV - New International Version, and NRSV - New Revised Standard Version) arranged by topical unit or story. Then, they provide commentaries that look at the passages as a whole, as well as verse-by-verse. Third, interesting Reflection pieces that relate the passages to each other, to history, and to current concerns occur at the conclusion of each passage. Fourth, introductory articles for each book are provided that discuss transmission, historical background, cultural setting, literary concerns, and current scholarship. Finally, there are general articles about the Bible, each Testament, and various types of literature (Narrative, Gospel, Wisdom Literature, etc.) are provided to give general placement and knowledge about the text overall. The list of contributors, editors, and consultants on the project is a veritable Who's Who of biblical and theological scholarship, representing all major traditions and schools of thought liberal and conservative. Leander Keck, of the Yale Divinity School, is the primary editor of the series.
The volumes were published individually, and can be purchased individually, which is a good thing, given that they are a bit expensive. But for any serious biblical scholar, preacher, student, or enthusiast, they are invaluable.
The third volume of the New Interpreter's Bible continues a look at the 'histories', more precisely termed in the NIB as Narrative Literature, with the books I and II Kings, I and II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther, as well as the apocryphal books Tobit and Judith.
Choon-Leong Seow of Princeton Theological Seminary addresses the books of Kings. Leslie Allen of Fuller Theological Seminary looks at the books of Chronicles. Ralph Klein of Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago provides commentary on the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Sidnie White Crawford of the University of Nebraska looks at the book of Esther (the only book of the Bible that does not reference God, and the only one not found among the Dead Sea Scrolls) as well as the apocryphal additions to the book of Esther. Irene Nowell, OSB, looks at the apocryphal book of Tobit, and Lawrence Wills of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, takes on the book of Judith.
The books of Tobit, Judith, and the additions to Esther are called apocryphal because their status is not canonically clear within the Christian tradition. They are not contained in the official canon of the Hebrew scripture, and so Protestant tradition has tended to leave the books out of the Old Testament. However, these texts were included in the Septuagint, the primary Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures in the ancient world, and so the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox churches consider the texts canonical.
High praise goes to the general editorial staff for working with such strong authors/scholars, that their work fits together well as part of this set while retaining their individual characteristics (much like the writers of the Bible itself!).
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The following is a list of each volume in this twelve-volume set, and the contents of each.
Volume I: General Articles on the Bible; General Articles on the Old Testament; Genesis; Exodus; Leviticus
Volume II: Numbers; Deuteronomy; Introduction to Narrative Literature; Joshua; Judges; Ruth; I & II Samuel
Volume III: I & II Kings; I & II Chronicles; Ezra, Nehemiah; Esther; Additions to Esther; Tobit; Judith
Volume IV: I & II Maccabees; Introduction to Hebrew Poetry; Job; Psalms
Volume V: Introduction to Wisdom Literature; Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Song of Songs; Book of Wisdom; Sirach
Volume VI: Introduction to Prophetic Literature; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Baruch; Letter of Jeremiah; Lamentations; Ezekiel
Volume VIII: General Articles on the New Testament; Matthew; Mark
Volume IX: Luke; John
Volume X: Acts; Introduction to Epistolary Literature; Romans, I Corinthians
Volume XI: II Corinthians; Galatians; Ephesians; Philippians; Colossians; I & II Thessalonians; I & II Timothy; Titus; Philemon
Volume XII: Hebrews; James; I & II Peter; I, II & III John; Jude; Revelation
The Best of the Best Jul 10, 2000
Most people understand that the study of Scripture is an enormous task; and that there is a considerable theological heritage to even the most benign of passages. Unfortunately, it is sometimes difficult to translate that understanding into a willingness to genuinely delve into the vast pool of material out there. In addition, it's hard to know whom to trust.
You can trust the New Interpreter's Bible series. All of the scholars who contributed are the best in their field. In addition, the layout (which includes two complete translations - the NIV and the NRSV) is conducive to both scholarly and spiritual study of the texts.
Each text is broken down into discrete units followed by general commentary on the passage, verse by vers analysis of key issues, and then an overview of study questions. The commentators address issues of authorship, historical setting, translation, theological history, and personal application. In addition, they graciously point to excellent sources for further reading.
Speaking as a pastor, it is my strong opinion that every English-speaking Christian who is serious about Bible study should own the complete set.