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The Genre of Biblical Commentary: Essays in Honor of John E. Hartley on the Occasion of His 75th Birthday
Finlay, Timothy D. and William Yarchin, editors

Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2015 pp. xviii + 264. $27.20


Description: The genre of biblical commentary is as old as the Bible itself, and remains very much alive as a point of illuminating contact between the ancient text and its modern readers. In this volume, fourteen international Old Testament experts reflect upon multiple challenges of contemporary biblical commentary as a scholarly endeavor. How does a commentator strike a balance between engagement with the biblical text and the commentary tradition that the text has generated over the centuries? How does academically rigorous commentary-writing remain relevant for pastoral and lay readers of the Bible? Ancient biblical writers are notoriously diverse in their theological and literary nuances. Modern readers approach the Bible from an equally wide spectrum of interests. How does today's commentator act responsibly for all the text's stakeholders? John E. Hartley is widely respected for the multiple volumes he has produced with these questions in mind. This collection of essays appears in celebration of his accomplishments in the genre of Old Testament biblical commentary.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Textual Criticism, Literary Approaches

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Review by Jeremy Schipper
Published 10/5/2017
Citation: Jeremy Schipper, review of Timothy D. Finlay and William Yarchin, eds., The Genre of Biblical Commentary: Essays in Honor of John E. Hartley on the Occasion of His 75th Birthday, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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