The word hermeneia is a Greek word that means interpretation or translation. In the ancient world, hermeneia was traditionally used to describe the meticulous and thorough exposition of Scripture. Hermeneia: A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible is written and designed to follow that ancient principle. This 51-volume commentary is massive in scope and will help you understand the history of the Bible and how it has been interpreted over time.
Over 30,000 Pages of Scholarship
A commentary this large can be intimidating, but the reason Hermeneia has over 30,000 pages is because the editors didn’t want to put an arbitrary limit on their work. The commentators were able to explore each passage and how it was interpreted over time as fully as necessary. When they explain what they see as a problem of interpretation, they provide you with the full critical discussion, along with the sources and information of where it came from.
For example, the volume on Mark explains the history of controversy over the “short” or “long” ending of the gospel book. Each argument is thoroughly researched, including which manuscripts include which ending, what the church has historically accepted, how the language of the book is structured, and how the two versions “competed for centuries.” The author also uses knowledge of Jewish and Greco-Roman literature of the first century to provide context that illuminates the overall literary form of the gospel, including the language and style of Mark’s writing.
Scholarship That Will Affirm Your Faith
Each volume engages with the scholarship of today to discover what the writer of each Bible book was trying to tell the reader. What was the intention of the writer? Why does that matter to us today? Using Hermeneia in your sermon preparation and research will give you a heightened appreciation of theology and get closer to the text.
Hermeneia Highlights the Text’s Human Relevance
In the Hermeneia volumes, you will find various interpretations from the great theologians and church historians of the past. Critically reading these interpretations can help you understand how people have understood the Bible throughout time and applied it to their lives. The authors use their knowledge of the language, structure, and history of the various time periods to provide textual criticism, methods of the history of tradition, and the history of religion.While one or two authors may take a more moderate position on certain passages, D.A. Carson believes that this series "remains invaluable for the serious exegete and expositor."
Plus, even though there might be, for example, 800 pages covering the book of Mark, Wordsearch saves you from hours of page turning to look things up. Searching is fast and easy, and your commentary stays in sync with any Bible translation of your choice. Click on a word to access your language tools for more information. Mouse-over a footnote to find a source. Find something you can use and drag it to a document where you're creating a sermon or lesson.
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