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Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament is a series that sets out to comment on the final form of the New Testament text in a way that pays due attention both to the cultural, literary, and theological settings in which the text took form and also to the interests of the contemporary readers to whom the commentaries are addressed. This series is aimed squarely at students—including MA students in religious and theological studies programs, seminarians, and upper-divisional undergraduates— who have theological interests in the biblical text. Thus, the didactic aim of the series is to enable students to understand each book of the New Testament as a literary whole rooted in a particular ancient setting and related to its context within the New Testament.
The name Paideia reflects (1) the instructional aim of the series— giving contemporary students a basic grounding in academic NT studies by guiding their engagement with New Testament texts; (2) the fact that the New Testament texts as literary unities are shaped by the educational categories and ideas (rhetorical, narratological, etc.) of their ancient writers and readers; and (3) the pedagogical aims of the texts themselves— their central aim being not simply to impart information but to form the theological convictions and moral habits of their readers.
Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament proceed by sense units rather than word-by-word or verse-by-verse. This series explores how New Testament texts inform Christian readers by:
“Clear, concise, informative, and interesting, providing solid exegesis and exhibiting judicious and balanced wisdom throughout. This is a most auspicious beginning to a new commentary series. I recommend it very enthusiastically.” — Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary [Ephesians and Colossians]
“Regularly offers fresh readings and new comparative materials, especially from Greco-Roman sources. This is not a tired rehashing but a welcome contribution.” — Dale C. Allison Jr., Pittsburgh Theological Seminary [Matthew]
“A great gift not only to students but also to seasoned interpreters of Paul.” — Michael J. Gorman, St. Mary’s Seminary & University [Romans]
“This marvelous commentary is packed with substantive information and fresh insights… As with other volumes in the Paideia series, this one is masterfully designed to provide optimum access for readers.” — Craig S. Keener, Asbury Theological Seminary [John]
“This work should prove highly useful, especially to serious readers seeking a reliable introduction and companion for their study of Mark’s account of Jesus’s ministry.” — Larry W. Hurtado, University of Edinburgh [Mark]
“James and Jude makes an excellent contribution to the impressive Paideia commentary series… Students will benefit greatly from this well-written volume. Veteran scholars are also encouraged to add it to their library.” — Craig A. Evans, Acadia Divinity College [James and Jude]
“This excellent commentary sets Paul’s letter effectively within its historical context, finely illuminates the text while well illustrating and contributing to the range of discussion on the letter within contemporary scholarship, and stimulatingly concludes each section by posing issues that should provide fruitful agendas for discussion groups.” — James D. G. Dunn, Durham University [Galatians]
“Peter Oakes has delivered the goods in his much-anticipated Galatians commentary. Despite the many difficult passages in Galatians, Oakes provides a judicious and magisterial treatment of the text.” — Michael F. Bird, Ridley College [Galatians]
“Drawing on his extensive knowledge of Paul’s social world, Peter Oakes here offers a fresh reading of Galatians that is historically secure, exegetically precise, and theologically relevant. Oakes masterfully filters the best of current scholarship in an accessible form, adding many original insights of his own. Students and scholars alike will relish this engaging exposition of Paul’s most radical letter.” — John M. G. Barclay, Durham University [Galatians]
“Tonstad’s remarkable commentary offers a comprehensive reading of Revelation that is both literarily sensitive and theologically incisive… All who read this commentary will be forced to reconsider what they think they know about the Apocalypse.” — Richard B. Hays, Duke Divinity School [Revelation]
“The Paideia Commentary series has established itself as a solid series of concise works that focus on the final form of the biblical text, highlighting narrative flow, rhetorical devices and structure, and commenting particularly on relevant historical background and theological significance.” — Craig L. Blomberg, Denver Journal