Nov 1, 2008

The Future of Biblical Commentaries?

Nijay Gupta has some interesting
proposals/suggestions related to the possible alternatives to the formats of traditional biblical commentaries. While the comments are appreciated, I wonder if what what is being envisioned isn't already being done in a way through monographs. Also, I am not sure that such supplements would really be all that cheaper, at least for the end user, since such supplements would appeal mostly to the specialists, who are fewer in number. That being said, I do like the suggestion concerning stand alone commentaries on some of the less-covered books.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You might be interested in this online commentary "Putting God on Trial: The Biblical Book of Job" ( as supplementary or background material for your study of the Book of Job. It is written by a non-specialist, a Canadian criminal defense lawyer, now a Crown prosecutor, and it explores the legal and moral dynamics of the Book of Job with particular emphasis on the distinction between causal responsibility and moral blameworthiness embedded in Job’s Oath of Innocence. It is highly praised by Job scholars (Clines, Janzen, Habel) and the Review of Biblical Literature, all of whose reviews are on the website. The author is an evangelical Christian, denominationally Anglican. He is also the Canadian Director for the Mortimer J. Adler Centre for the Study of the Great Ideas, a Chicago-based think tank.

Robert Sutherland