Saturday, June 24, 2006
Well, I didn't hate this one as much as the other two, but I still couldn't finish it. I don't think the problem was Witherington; I think it was Paul. I don't like the epistles.
Posted by Julie M. Smith at Saturday, June 24, 2006
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
I made it through Romans five of Schreiner's and Moos' commentaries on Romans (that's about 600 pages!) and then I had to quit. I had looked forward to working through these books so much and for so long, but it was awful. I hated both of these. They barely engaged the text but rather theologized on the implications of what Paul was saying. ugh.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
I got this largely because Douglas' Purity and Danger caused a not-so-quiet revolution in the understanding of the purity laws. But despite a few interesting insights, I found this hard to wade through, maybe because she is an anthropologist and I wanted her to write like a biblical studies person. Uneven, but interesting.
I seriously considered buying his three-volume Anchor Bible Commentary since it is the definitive work on Leviticus, but wasn't sure I could stomach the 2500 pages--or the price. I was thrilled when I found this title at Amazon billed as a distillation of the key insights from the Anchor series. But it was a disappointment. He wastes time on all sorts of borderline-irrelevant topics (Alchoholics Anonymous, an entire page of statistics on modern slavery, etc.) and generally didn't provide much bang for the buck. The NICOT was much better.
This was the best of the lot and if I could only have read one title on Leviticus, it would have been this one. I discovered the NICOT/NICNT series with the Ezekiel title which I thought was fabulous (although I read part of the Acts title online and thought it was too fluffy). The main strength of this title was that it presented solid exegesis (taking both Milgrom and Douglas into account) and then, separately, covered the relationship between Leviticus and the New Testament. If you wanted to read one volume on Leviticus, it would be this one.
I normally shy away from commentaries for expositors but I felt that it might be worthwhile to bend that rule a little for Leviticus. This was pretty good but not essential.
Monday, June 05, 2006
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