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How to find commentaries in the library catalog
- Go to Library Catalog
- Search for "su:Bible [book of the Bible] Commentaries" - e.g., "su:Bible Matthew Commentaries"
- Alternatively, find any commentary for the book in the library catalog, click on View Description, then under Subjects click on "Bible [book] Commentaries"
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Best Commentaries website
Website with reviews and ratings for commentaries. Tagline: Like Rotten Tomatoes movie reviews, but for commentaries.
Women's Bible Commentary by
Publication Date: 2012
The Women's Bible Commentary is a trusted, classic resource for biblical scholarship, written by some of the best feminist scholars in the field today. This twentieth anniversary edition features brand new or thoroughly revised essays to reflect newer thinking in feminist interpretation and hermeneutics. It comprises commentaries on every book of the Bible, including the apocryphal books; essays on the reception history of women in the Bible; and essays on feminist critical method. The contributors raise important questions and explore the implications of how women and other marginalized people are portrayed in biblical texts, looking specifically at gender roles, sexuality, political power, and family life, while challenging long-held assumptions. This commentary brings modern critical methods to bear on the history, sociology, anthropology, and literature of the relevant time periods to illuminate the context of these biblical portrayals and challenges readers to new understandings.
The New Interpreter's Bible by
Publication Date: 2010
This commentary contains articles on all the books of the Bible, including the Apocrypha, as well as numerous general articles on biblical interpretation, geographical and historical setting, religion, text, canon, translation, Bible and preaching/teaching, with bibliographies for each article.
Theological Bible Commentary by
Publication Date: 2009
This is the first one-volume commentary to emphasize theological questions: what does each biblical book say about God? how does the book describe God and portray God's actions? and who is God in these biblical books? This volume meets the need for a resource that puts the best of scholarship in conversation with the theological claims of the biblical text.
The Queer Bible Commentary, Second Edition by
Publication Date: 2022
"First published over ten years ago, The Queer Bible Commentary brings together the work of several scholars and pastors known for their interest in the areas of gender, sexuality and Biblical studies.Contributors draw on feminist, queer, deconstructionist, utopian theories, the social sciences and historical-critical discourses. The focus is both how reading from lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender perspectives affect the reading and interpretation of biblical texts and how biblical texts have and do affect LGBTQ+ communities.This revised 2nd edition includes updated bibliographies and chapters taking into account the latest literature relating to queer interpretation of scripture."
The Africana Bible by
Publication Date: 2009
It opens a critical window onto the world of interpretation on the African continent and in the multiple diasporas of African peoples, including the African-American experience, with attention to Africana histories, literatures, cultures, and backgrounds for understanding biblical literature. The Africana Bible features a critical commentary on every book of the Hebrew Bible, the Apocrypha, and Pseudepigrapha that are authoritative for many in African and African-diasporan communities worldwide.
True to Our Native Land by
Publication Date: 2007
This pioneering commentary sets biblical interpretation firmly in the context of African American experience and concern. Cutting-edge scholarship that is in tune with African American churches calls into question many of the canons of traditional biblical research and highlights the role of the Bible in African American history, accenting themes of ethnicity, class, slavery, and African heritage as these play a role in Christian scripture and the Christian odyssey of an emancipated people.
South Asia Bible Commentary by
Publication Date: 2015
A one-volume commentary, written and edited by South Asian Biblical scholars on all the books of the Bible.
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