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Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible
PAPERBACK; Published: 4/13/2021
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7978-3
Price: $ 70.00
1649 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 7.5 x 10
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No one familiar with the Bible needs to be told that it is a truly remarkable work. But it takes help to understand this ancient collection of diverse forms of literature written by different people across many centuries. The Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible (ECB) is the finest single-volume Bible handbook available.

Written by world-class Bible scholars, the ECB encapsulates in nontechnical language the best of modern scholarship on the sixty-six biblical books plus the Apocrypha. The only one-volume Bible commentary to cover all the texts (even including 1 Enoch) regarded by one or more Christian churches as canonical, the ECB provides reader-friendly treatments and succinct summaries of each section of the text that will be valuable to scholars, students, and general readers alike.

The primary objective of this work is to clarify the meaning of each section of the Bible. Rather than attempting a verse-by-verse analysis (virtually impossible in a one-volume work), the ECB focuses on principal units of meaning—narrative, parable, prophetic oracle, section of argument, and so on—highlighting their interconnectedness with the rest of the biblical text. The volume also addresses and answers major issues—including the range of possible interpretations—and refers readers to the best fuller discussions. Beyond providing reliable, informative commentary, this hefty volume also includes thirteen introductory and context-setting articles that do justice to the biblical documents both as historical sources and as scriptures.

The sixty-seven contributors to the ECB come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are acknowledged leaders in the field of biblical studies. Their contributions stand out either for their fresh interpretations of the evidence, or for their way of asking new questions of the text, or for their new angles of approach. While the translation of choice is the New Revised Standard Version, many of the contributors offer their own vivid translations of the original Hebrew or Greek.

Cutting-edge, comprehensive, and ecumenical, the ECB is both a fitting climax to the rich body of interconfessional work undertaken in the latter part of the twentieth century and a worthy launching pad for biblical study in the twenty-first.

Special Features of the ECB

  • The only one-volume commentary to cover all the texts (including the Apocrypha and 1 Enoch) regarded by one or more Christian churches as canonical
  • Thirteen major essays that introduce each section of Scripture and its study
  • Encapsulates in nontechnical language the best of modern scholarship
  • Includes superb bibliographies and an extensive subject index
  • Written by sixty-seven first-rate Bible scholars
  • Designed for use by scholars, students, pastors, and general readers

Table of Contents


The History of the Tradition: Old Testament and Apocrypha, John W. Rogerson

Premodern, Modern, and Postmodern in Old Testament Study, John A. Goldingay

Syro-Palestinian and Biblical Archeology, Deborah A. Appler and Julye Bidmead

The Pentateuch, David Noel Freedman

GENESIS, Gordon J. Wenham

EXODUS, William D. Johnstone

LEVITICUS, Walter J. Houston

NUMBERS, Philip J. Budd

DEUTERONOMY, John W. Rogerson

JOSHUA, K. Lawson Younger Jr.

JUDGES, P. Deryn Guest

RUTH, Gerald West

1 AND 2 SAMUEL, Graeme Auld

1 AND 2 KINGS, Roger Tomes

1 AND 2 CHRONICLES, Richard J. Coggins

EZRA, Lester L. Grabbe

NEHEMIAH, Lester L. Grabbe

ESTHER, Sidnie White Crawford

JOB, Katharine J. Dell

PSALMS, Willem S. Prinsloo

PROVERBS, Ronald E. Clements


SONG OF SONGS, John W. Rogerson

Introduction to Prophetic Literature, Paul L. Redditt

ISAIAH, Margaret Barker

JEREMIAH, A. R. Pete Diamond

LAMENTATIONS, David J. A. Clines

EZEKIEL, John A. Goldingay

DANIEL, Iain Provan

HOSEA, Grace I. Emmerson

JOEL, Anthony Gelston

AMOS, M. Daniel Carroll R.

OBADIAH, Anthony Gelston

JONAH, David Gunn

MICAH, John W. Rogerson

NAHUM, John W. Rogerson

HABAKKUK, Anthony Gelston

ZEPHANIAH, Anthony Gelston

HAGGAI, John W. Rogerson

ZECHARIAH, John W. Rogerson

MALACHI, M. Daniel Carroll R.


TOBIT, Lester L. Grabbe

JUDITH, Gerald West



SIRACH, John Snaith

BARUCH, John J. Schmitt


1 MACCABEES, John R. Bartlett

2 MACCABEES, John R. Bartlett

1 ESDRAS, Hugh G. M. Williamson


PSALM 151, Alison Salvesen

3 MACCABEES, Philip S. Alexander

2 ESDRAS, John J. Schmitt

4 MACCABEES, David A. deSilva


Introduction to the Pseudepigrapha, James R. Mueller

1 ENOCH, Daniel C. Olson

The Hebrew Bible in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Daniel C. Harlow


The History of the Tradition: New Testament, James D. G. Dunn

Hermeneutical Approaches to the New Testament Tradition, Joel B. Green

Introduction to the Gospels, Christopher M. Tuckett

MATTHEW, Anthony J. Saldarini

MARK, Craig A. Evans

LUKE, David L. Balch

JOHN, J. Martin C. Scott

ACTS, John T. Squires

Letters in the New Testament, Victor P. Furnish

ROMANS, John Reumann

1 CORINTHIANS, Stephen C. Barton

2 CORINTHIANS, John Barclay

GALATIANS, Beverly R. Gaventa

EPHESIANS, I. Howard Marshall

PHILIPPIANS, Charles A. Wanamaker

COLOSSIANS, Morna D. Hooker

1 AND 2 THESSALONIANS, Robert Jewett


PHILEMON, Morna D. Hooker

HEBREWS, Anthony C. Thiselton

JAMES, Richard Bauckham

1 PETER, Graham N. Stanton

2 PETER, Scot McKnight

1, 2, AND 3 JOHN, John Painter

JUDE, Scot McKnight

REVELATION, Loren T. Stuckenbruck

New Testament Apocrypha, Robert E. Van Voorst

 The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament, Daniel C. Harlow

Catholic Press Association, First Place, Reference (2004)
“An international team of 67 biblical scholars offers this judicious and solid introduction to the varieties of biblical literature.”
— Publishers Weekly
“The commentaries and articles in this collection will be a valuable resource for scholars, students, ministers, and others for many years to come.”
— Journal for the Study of the New Testament
“A veritable treasure chest of sound biblical scholarship. . . . The commentary is easily accessible to the scholar, student, pastor, and general reader and should surely be among the essential resources for any high school, college, or seminary library.”
— Catholic Library World
“There are many gems here, and the ECB will meet the needs of much of its intended readership: ‘scholars, students, pastors, and general readers.’”
— Times Literary Supplement
“A reader-friendly commentary on biblical history and biblical texts with wide-ranging foundational articles. The solid, up-to-date scholarship points the serious student of the Bible in the direction of problematic areas that require more in-depth reading for more than a cursory understanding.”
— American Reference Books Annual
“A magisterial one-volume commentary. . . . Of immense value.”
— Church Times
“Will take its place among the most helpful of the one-volume Bible commentaries.”
— The Bible Today
“The Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible contains scholarship that is both international and ecumenical, including contributions from Catholics as well as Protestants. Most of the contributors have well-established international reputations, and several are at the top of their field. Especially welcome is the inclusion of the Apocrypha, two essays on the Dead Sea Scrolls, an introduction to the Pseudepigrapha, and even a commentary on 1 Enoch, which may be unique to a Bible commentary of this kind. The Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible is a very useful resource for college and seminary students and those who teach them.”
— John J. Collins
Yale Divinity School
“Utilizing the considerable talents of scholars representing a broad theological spectrum, the Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible provides readers with a concise, stimulating, sometimes provocative reading of the biblical text. I commend this volume to all who want a handy scholarly resource as they grapple with the meaning of the text.”
— Tremper Longman III
Westmont College
“The Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible will be a rich and enduring resource for all who seek to understand the Bible in its literary, historical, and theological dimensions. The essays on biblical books are written by highly respected scholars and present the best fruits of recent research in ways that are engaging and persuasive. Moreover, the wide-ranging introductory articles will serve everyone from beginning students of Scripture to scholars wanting to refresh their knowledge. Recommended for churches, students, pastors, and scholars.”
— Susan R. Garrett
Louisville Seminary
“Comprehensive in scope and reader-friendly in format, the Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible provides students, pastors, and interested lay folk with a series of reliable commentaries on every book of the Bible, including the Old Testament Apocrypha and 1 Enoch. For those seeking a single volume that will provide them with reliable commentary on Scripture and for teachers looking for a one-volume commentary to put into the hands of their students, the Eerdmans Commentary is just the right work.”
— Frank J. Matera
author of New Testament Theology: Exploring Diversity and Unity