Preaching pastors, ministers, and priests know how quickly Sundays come and go. The Lectionary Commentary
will not slow the pace of the weekly calendar, but it will help assure that sermon preparation begins with a solid engagement with Scripture. Designed to "jump start" the difficult task of sermon preparation, this indispensable three-volume work gathers exegetical essays on biblical texts from the Revised Common Lectionary. Covering every Sunday of the three-year liturgical cycle, as well as Christmas Day, Epiphany, and Ascension Day, the readings are arranged in canonical order so as to be of use to all preachers.
Seventy-eight pastors, priests, and teachers from a variety of Christian traditions have contributed their insights to The Lectionary Commentary
. Designed to answer the question What does the preacher need to know about this text in order to preach a faithful sermon from it?
, each of their essays closely considers its specific biblical text, all the while remaining alert to the contemporary context in which the sermon will be spoken and heard. The result is an invaluable resource that will aid in the difficult task of facilitating a meaningful encounter between Holy Scripture and our modern world.
This volume, The First Readings: Old Testament and Acts
, provides exegetical commentary on the lectionary readings from Genesis to Malachi, and from the first seventeen chapters of Acts. Also unique to this volume is an excellent essay by Hughes Oliphant Old on preaching as worship.Consulting Editors:
Richard A. Burridge
Thomas W. Gillespie
Colin E. Gunton
Robert W. Jenson
James F. Kay
Hughes Oliphant Old
"A remarkable achievement for its scholarly exegesis and its concern to provide a basis for exposition. . . Will pay handsome dividends for preachers and congregations."
"There is plenty of wisdom here to fuel weekly preaching to make The Lectionary Commentary a fine investment."
"An excellent tool for studying the texts of the lectionary."
The Living Church
"Brings scholarship back to preaching, and refreshment to those who preach."
"Recommended for those who wish more serious exegesis on the Lectionary readings and would appreciate the variety of viewpoints and insights."