This past Friday Broadman and Holman (B&H) publicly announced a new commentary series entitled Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation. According to the preface series (emphasis mine):
The present set of volumes constitutes an ambitious project, seeking to explore the theology of the Bible in considerable depth, spanning both Testaments. Authors come from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, though all affirm the inerrancy and inspiration of Scripture. United in their high view of Scripture, and in their belief in the underlying unity of Scripture, which is ultimately grounded in the unity of God himself, each author explores the contribution of a given book or group of books to the theology of Scripture as a whole. While conceived as stand-alone volumes, each volume thus also makes a contribution to the larger whole. All volumes provide a discussion of introductory matters, including the historical setting and the literary structure of a given book of Scripture. Also included is an exegetical treatment of all the relevant passages in succinct commentary-style format. The biblical theology approach of the series will also inform and play a role in the commentary proper. The commentator permits a discussion between the commentary proper and the biblical theology that it reflects by a series of cross-references.
The major contribution of each volume, however, is a thorough discussion of the most important themes of the biblical book in relation to the canon as a whole. This format allows each contributor to ground Biblical Theology, as is proper, in an appropriate appraisal of the relevant historical and literary features of a particular book in Scripture while at the same time focusing on its major theological contribution to the entire Christian canon in the context of the larger salvation-historical metanarrative of Scripture. Within this overall format, there will be room for each individual contributor to explore the major themes of his or her particular corpus in the way he or she sees most appropriate for the material under consideration.
This format, in itself, would already be a valuable contribution to Biblical Theology. But there are other series that try to accomplish a survey of the Bible’s theology as well. What distinguishes the present series is its orientation toward Christian proclamation. This is the Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation commentary series! As a result, the ultimate purpose of this set of volumes is not exclusively, or even primarily, academic. Rather, we seek to relate Biblical Theology to our own lives and to the life of the church. Our desire is to equip those in Christian ministry who are called by God to preach and teach the precious truths of Scripture to their congregations, both in North America and in a global context.
The first volume is by Tom Schreiner on Hebrews, which will release in February 2015. Here is the full list of contributors, including yours truly:
Old Testament contributors:
Desmond Alexander Genesis
Mark Rooker Exodus
Paul Wegner Leviticus
Richard Averbeck Numbers
Ken Mathews Deuteronomy
David Firth Joshua
Iain Duguid Judges, Ruth
Robert Fyall 1-2 Samuel
Bob Bergen 1-2 Kings
Gary V. Smith 1-2 Chronicles
Andrew Hill Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
Barry Webb Job
James Hamilton Psalms
Allen Ross Proverbs
Ernest Lucas Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs
Jack Collins Isaiah
Stephen Dempster Jeremiah, Lamentations
Paul Williamson Ezekiel
Joe Sprinkle Daniel
Anthony Petterson Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah
Ray Clendenen Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
New Testament contributors:
Charles Quarles Matthew
Peter Bolt Mark
Michael Wilkins Luke
Ardel Caneday John
Alan Thompson Acts
David G. Peterson Romans
Peter Davids 1 Corinthians
Jason Meyer 2 Corinthians
Matt Harmon Galatians
Greg Beale Ephesians
Doug Moo Philippians
Joel White Colossians, Philemon
Terry Wilder 1-2 Thessalonians
Andreas Köstenberger 1-2 Timothy, Titus
Thomas Schreiner Hebrews
David Chapman James
Rick Melick 1-2 Peter, Jude
Michael Martin 1-3 John
Eckhard Schnabel Revelation
4 thoughts on “Promising New Commentary Series Announced: Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation”
In the preface cited above it is noted that, “Our desire is to equip those in Christian ministry who are called by God to preach and teach the precious truths of Scripture to their congregations…”
To your knowledge is the any commentary, ancient or modern, that’s seeks to equip evangelists for proclaiming the precious truths of scripture to unbelievers?
Sorry I missed this comment when you originally posted it. I’m not aware of any commentary series that is specifically oriented towards evangelists.
Hi, I’m a pastor in Canada, our small group is going through the Schreiner Hebrews commentary and are very much enjoying it! I am just curious when the release dates are for the other books? I have looked around and haven’t found much information on that. If you have any information you can share please let me know.
Thanks for your comment. Sadly I don’t have any more specifics I can give you. I know a couple of volumes have been submitted and are in the editorial process (sorry, can’t say which ones), so there should be a couple more on the way soon. Chris Cowan is the man in charge at B&H for this project, so if you can contact him he might be able to give you more information.