- Designed to serve as an aid for preaching and teaching, this unique commentary series demonstrates how leading theologians interpret Scripture for the church.
- Leading theologians interpret Scripture for today's church with the aim of aiding preaching, teaching, and study groups.
Accessible and rich, the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible guides you to the theological heart of the text.
The authors encourage readers to explore how the vital roots of the ancient Christian tradition inform and shape faithfulness today. By doing so, the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible demonstrates that there is significant value in a theological interpretation of the Bible.
A Theological Approach
Instead of taking a technical or critical approach, the authors use a method of interpretation that focuses on the theological meaning of each passage. These 22 volumes aim to bridge the gap between theology and exegesis, believing that the two belong hand-in-hand in Bible study and preaching. Guided by the Nicene Creed, the authors lead you toward a reading of Scripture anchored in doctrine.
A Resource for Sermons, Lessons, and Bible Study
The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible will complement the other resources in your library as you study and prepare lessons. The commentators exegete the text in a unique way that is relevant and applicable for the twenty-first century church.
About the General Editor of the Series
R. R. Reno (PhD, Yale University) is editor of First Things and executive director of the Institute on Religion and Public Life.
- Robert W. Jenson (Center of Theological Inquiry)
- Robert Louis Wilken (University of Virginia)
- Ephraim Radner (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto)
- Michael Root (Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary)
- George Sumner (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto)
What a splendid idea! Many preachers have been longing for more commentaries that are not only exegetical but theological in the best sense: arising out of the conviction that God, through his Word, still speaks in our time. For those of us who take our copies of Martin Luther’s Galatians and Karl Barth’s Romans from the shelves on a regular basis, this new series in that tradition promises renewed vigor for preaching, and therefore for the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church in our time.
This new series places the accent on ‘theological’ and reflects current interpretive ferment marked by growing resistance to the historical-critical project. It may be that scripture interpretation is too important to be left to the exegetes, and so a return to the theologians. We will wait with great anticipation for this new series, at least aware that the outcomes of interpretation are largely determined by the questions asked. It is never too late to ask better questions; with a focus on the theological tradition, this series holds the promise of asking interpretive questions that are deeply grounded in the primal claims of faith. The rich promise of the series is indicated by the stature and erudition of the commentators. Brazos has enormous promises to keep with this project, and we wait with eagerness for its appearing!
The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible makes a most welcome contribution to the church, the academic world, and the general public at large. By enlisting a wide range of Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox theologians who differ on much, but who agree on the truth of the Nicene Creed, the series also represents ecumenical activity of the very best kind. It is always a daunting challenge to expound the church’s sacred book both simply and deeply, but this impressive line-up of authors is very well situated for the attempt.
Preachers and teachers in particular, but thoughtful Christians more generally, have long lamented the slide of biblical scholarship into hyper-specialized critical studies of ancient texts in remote historical context. It is no wonder, therefore, that the Brazos Theological Commentary is being so warmly welcomed. The outstanding array of authors, beginning with Jaroslav Pelikan’s splendid commentary on the Acts of the Apostles, are, at long last, reclaiming the Bible as the book of the living community of faith that is the church.
Contemporary application of the Bible to life is the preacher’s business. But no worthy contemporary application is possible without a thorough understanding of the ancient text. The Brazos Theological Commentary exists to provide an accessible authority so that the preacher’s application will be a ready bandage for all the hurts of life. We who serve the pulpit want a commentary we can understand, and those who hear us expect us to give them a usable word. The Brazos Commentary offers just the right level of light to make illuminating the word the joy it was meant to be.
For pastors, wanting to get at the theological heart of a text, there is some good stuff. When I am preaching, I usually try to take a peak at the Brazos volume.