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Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Ecclesiastes

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Ecclesiastes

by Choon-Leong Seow

Good advice that stands the test of time-those things we all know are true, tips that help us live the good life-we call wisdom. But, one life time is not enough to master the fine art of living. Distilled over centuries, the biblical book of Ecclesiastes offers us the time-tested advice of Israel's sages. This is the best of wisdom, with echoes of East … Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Ephesians 1-3

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Ephesians 1-3

by Markus Barth

Encompassing the body of Pauline theology, Ephesians (volumes 34 and 34A of the acclaimed Anchor Bible Series) has been called "the crown of St. Paul's writings," yet both its authorship and addressees are the subject of continuing dispute. Through line-by-line examination of its vocabulary, its difficult style, its Qumran and Gnostic affinities… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Ephesians 4-6

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Ephesians 4-6

by Markus Barth

Ephesians comprises volumes 34 and 34A of the Anchor Bible Series, a new book-by-book translation with introductions, notes, and comments by individual scholars, each known for outstanding contributions to biblical studies. Markus Barth, son of Karl Barth, held a New Testament chair at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Encompassing the… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Epistles of John

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Epistles of John

by Raymond E. Brown

With this study—companion to the masterful two-volume The Gospel According to John, Raymond E. Brown completed his trilogy on the Johannine corpus. Meticulous in detail, exhaustive in analysis, persuasive in argument, it examines controversies that have long troubled both biblical scholars and lay readers. Questions of authorship, composition, and dating, … Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Esther

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Esther

by Carey A. Moore

Esther, the biblical book named after the beautiful Jewish woman chosen by the Persian King Xerxes to be queen, is a story of love, political intrigue, and religious faithfulness. Carey A. Moore combines his treatment of scholarly issues with an engaging explanation of the popular Jewish festival of Purim. One of three biblical books named… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Exodus 1-18

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Exodus 1-18

by William H. C. Propp

Exodus is the heart of the Hebrew Bible, the defining moment in Israel’s birth as a people, the dramatic triumph of their God. Yahweh, Pharaoh, Moses, Aaron, the Hebrew slaves, the plagues, the parting of the Red Sea—these larger-than-life characters and epoch-making events capture the imagination of everyone from biblical scholars to moviemakers. Howeve… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Exodus 19-40

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Exodus 19-40

by William H. C. Propp

The long-awaited conclusion of William H. C. Propp’s masterful study of Exodus, this informative, clearly written commentary provides a new perspective on Israelite culture and on the role of ritual, law, and covenant in biblical religion. Exodus 19–40 sets a new standard in biblical scholarship. Thorough and up-to-date, it is the firs… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Ezekiel 1-20

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Ezekiel 1-20

by Moshe Greenberg

In Ezekiel 1-20, the first of two volumes of commentary on the Scripture attributed to the third major Old Testament prophet, Moshe Greenberg uses accessible prose to explain Ezekiel’s ecstatic, erratic, almost incomprehensible otherworldly visions and prophecies. One of this century’s most respected biblical scholars, Greenberg translates the text, iden… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Ezekiel 21-37

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Ezekiel 21-37

by Moshe Greenberg

Ezekiel was and is perhaps the most misunderstood and challenging Hebrew prophet. His prophecies and visions transport us to almost indescribable realms, completely uncharted territory this side of heaven. But as one of Israel’s three major prophets, the words and symbolic actions of this mouthpiece of God were directed to a people weighed down by the real… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Ezra, Nehemiah

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Ezra, Nehemiah

by Jacob M. Myers

The books of Ezra and Nehemiah, treated here as one larger work, continue the story of Israel’s experience begun in the biblical books of I and II Chronicles. In the wake of Persia replacing Babylon as the ruling empire in the ancient Near East, the Judahites exiled in Babylon find reason to hope again. Their hope is rooted in the fulfillment of the prophe… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: First and Second Letters to Timothy

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: First and Second Letters to Timothy

by Luke Timothy Johnson

The letters of Paul to Timothy, one of his favorite delegates, often make for difficult reading in today's world. They contain much that make modern readers uncomfortable, and much that is controversial, including pronouncements on the place of women in the Church and on homosexuality, as well as polemics against the so-called "false teachers." T… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: First Corinthians

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: First Corinthians

by Joseph A. Fitzmyer

This new translation of First Corinthians includes an introduction and extensive commentary that has been composed to explain the religious meaning of this Pauline epistle. Joseph Fitzmyer discusses all the usual introductory problems associated with the epistle, including issues of its authorship, time of composition, and purpose, and he also presents a com… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Galatians

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Galatians

by J. Louis Martyn

As the early church took shape in the mid-first century a.d., a theological struggle of great consequence was joined between the apostle Paul and certain theologians who had intruded into the churches founded by the apostle in Galatia. Writing his letter to the Galatians in the midst of that struggle, Paul was concerned to find a way by which he could assert… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Genesis

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Genesis

by E.A. Speiser

Genesis is Volume I in the Anchor Bible Series of new book-by-book translations of the Old and New Testaments and Apocrypha. Ephraim Avigdor Speiser was University Professor and Chairman of the Department of Oriental Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Using authoritative evidence from archaeology, linguistics, and comparative relig… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Gospel According to John I-XII

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Gospel According to John I-XII

by Raymond E. Brown

In the first volume of Raymond E. Brown’s magisterial two-volume commentary on the Gospel According to John, all of the major Johannine questions—of authorship, composition, dating, the relationship of John to the Synoptics (Mark, Matthew, and Luke) are discussed. The important theories of modern biblical scholarship concerning John are weighed against t… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Gospel According to John, XIII-XXI

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Gospel According to John, XIII-XXI

by Raymond E. Brown

This volume concludes Raymond E. Brown's commentary on the Gospel of John. Continuing his study begun in Anchor Bible Volume 29, the author translates the original Greek text into today's English, which allows all readers to make sense of the Gospel. Father Brown's notes and comments sort out the major issues surrounding the writings of John -- q… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Gospel According to Luke I-IX

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Gospel According to Luke I-IX

by Joseph A. Fitzmyer

In this first of two volumes on the Gospel According to Luke, Joseph A. Fitzmyer provides an exhaustive introduction, a definitive new translation, and extensive notes and commentary on Luke’s Gospel. Fitzmyer brings to the task his mastery of ancient and modern languages, his encyclopedic knowledge of the sources, and his intimate acquaintance with the qu… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Gospel According to Luke X-XXIV

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Gospel According to Luke X-XXIV

by Joseph A. Fitzmyer

In this second of two volumes on the Gospel According to Luke, beginning with chapter 10, Joseph A. Fitzmyer builds on the exhaustive introduction, definitive new translation, and extensive notes and commentary presented in his first volume. Fitzmyer brings to the task his mastery of ancient and modern languages, his encyclopedic knowledge of the sources, an… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Habakkuk

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Habakkuk

by Francis I. Andersen

The book of Habakkuk (one of the twelve Minor Prophets) is an intensely personal testimony played out against a highly political backdrop. Writing as his land and his fellow Israelites were being invaded and plundered by the Chaldeans, Habakkuk questions God’s actions with a passion equal to Job’s. Habakkuk wonders, how can a God who is just and compassi… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Haggai, Zechariah 1-8

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Haggai, Zechariah 1-8

by Carol L. Meyers and Eric M. Meyers

Haggai and Zechariah 1–8, Volume 25B in the acclaimed Anchor Bible part of the Scripture known as the Minor Prophets, were written during a critical period in Israel’s history, the momentous return of the Jews from Babylonian exile. Following the conquest of Babylon by the Persian Empire, the Israelites sought to reestablish their ethnic and religious le… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Hebrews

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Hebrews

by Craig R. Koester

One of early Christianity's most carefully crafted sermons, the Epistle to the Hebrews addresses listeners who have experienced the elation of conversion and the heat of hostility, but who now must confront the formidable task of remaining faithful in a society that rejects their commitments. The letter probes into the one of most profound questions of f… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Hosea

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Hosea

by David Noel Freedman and Francis I. Andersen

Hosea, volume 24 in the Anchor Bible Series of new, book-by-book translations of the Old and New Testaments and Apocrypha is a collaboration by world-renowned scholars Francis I. Andersen and David Noel Freedman. The authors' treatment of Hosea consists of: Introduction: A review and rethinking of Hosea research that offers a fascinati… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: I & II Esdras

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: I & II Esdras

by Jacob M. Myers

I & II Esdras is Volume 42 in the Anchor Bible Series of new book-by-book translations of the Old and New Testaments and Apocrypha, each by a preeminent scholar. Jacob M. Myers is Professor of Old Testament at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg and the author of three earlier volumes in the series: I Chronicles and II Chronicles and Ezra, Nehem… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: I Chronicles 1-9

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: I Chronicles 1-9

by Gary N. Knoppers

In his latest addition to the esteemed Anchor Bible Commentaries, scholar Gary N. Knoppers examines one of the most neglected books of the Old Testament and established its importance as a key to understanding the nation of Israel. Who were the Israelites? Was Israel’s first king, Saul, a hero or a disaster? Was David a gifted and accomp… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: I Chronicles 10-29

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: I Chronicles 10-29

by Gary N. Knoppers

In this latest addition to the esteemed Anchor Bible Series, scholar Gary N. Knoppers examines one of the most neglected books of the Hebrew Bible and establishes its importance to understanding the nation of Israel. What was the place of the monarchy in the history of ancient Israel? Was Israel's first king Saul a hero or a disaster? … Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: I Corinthians (1974)

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: I Corinthians (1974)

by William F. Orr and James Arthur Walther

I Corinthians is Volume 32 in the Anchor Bible series of new book-by-book translations of the Old and New Testaments and Apocrypha. William S. Orr and James Arthur Walther are, respectively, Professor Emeritus and Associate Professor of New Testament at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. St. Paul's I Corinthians stands as one of the … Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: I Kings

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: I Kings

by Mordechai Cogan

Beginning with the death of David and the rise of Solomon, I Kings charts the history of Israel through the divided monarchy, when Ahab reigned in the north and Jehoshaphat reigned in the south. This new translation, with introduction and commentary by biblical scholar Mordechai Cogan, is part of the Anchor Bible Commentary Series, viewed by many as the defi… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: I Maccabees

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: I Maccabees

by Jonathan A. Goldstein

"The Apocryphal book of I Maccabees (Volume 41 in the acclaimed Anchor Bible Series) is an inspirational thriller." With the help of God, the aged priest Mattathias and his sons--Judas Maccabaeus, Jonathan, and Simon--dramatically lead the Jews of Judaea first to victory and then to freedom against the formidable successors of Alexander the Great. Th… Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: I Samuel

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: I Samuel

by P. Kyle McCarter, Jr.

The two books of Samuel narrate the establishment and expansion of the Kingdom of Israel. From Samuel’s providential birth, to his appointment of Saul as Israel’s first king, to the demise of Saul and the rise of David as his successor, I and II Samuel are filled with the stuff of Israel’s everyday experience. Religious, political, economic, military, … Read more…

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: II Chronicles

Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: II Chronicles

by Jacob M. Myers

II Chronicles (Volume 13 in the acclaimed Anchor Bible Commentary Series) is a crucial book for historians of the biblical period and for students of the Bible. Like I Chronicles, it has been both over- and undervalued. In recent years it has, certainly, suffered undue neglect. However, II Chronicles is to be neither accepted as a faithful… Read more…


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