Endorsements & Reviews

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“What a splendid idea! Many preachers have been longing for more commentaries that are not only exegetical but theological in the best sense: arising out of the conviction that God, through his Word, still speaks in our time. For those of us who take our copies of Martin Luther’s Galatians and Karl Barth’s Romans from the shelves on a regular basis, this new series in that tradition promises renewed vigor for preaching, and therefore for the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church in our time.”–Fleming Rutledge, author of The Bible and The New York Times and The Seven Last Words from the Cross

“This new series places the accent on ‘theological’ and reflects current interpretive ferment marked by growing resistance to the historical-critical project. It may be that scripture interpretation is too important to be left to the exegetes, and so a return to the theologians. We will wait with great anticipation for this new series, at least aware that the outcomes of interpretation are largely determined by the questions asked. It is never too late to ask better questions; with a focus on the theological tradition, this series holds the promise of asking interpretive questions that are deeply grounded in the primal claims of faith. The rich promise of the series is indicated by the stature and erudition of the commentators. Brazos has enormous promises to keep with this project, and we wait with eagerness for its appearing!”–Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

“The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible makes a most welcome contribution to the church, the academic world, and the general public at large. By enlisting a wide range of Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox theologians who differ on much, but who agree on the truth of the Nicene Creed, the series also represents ecumenical activity of the very best kind. It is always a daunting challenge to expound the church’s sacred book both simply and deeply, but this impressive line-up of authors is very well situated for the attempt.”–Mark A. Noll, University of Notre Dame

“Preachers and teachers in particular, but thoughtful Christians more generally, have long lamented the slide of biblical scholarship into hyper-specialized critical studies of ancient texts in remote historical context. It is no wonder, therefore, that the Brazos Theological Commentary is being so warmly welcomed. The outstanding array of authors, beginning with Jaroslav Pelikan’s splendid commentary on the Acts of the Apostles, are, at long last, reclaiming the Bible as the book of the living community of faith that is the church.”–Richard John Neuhaus, author of American Babylon: Notes of a Christian Exile

“Contemporary application of the Bible to life is the preacher’s business. But no worthy contemporary application is possible without a thorough understanding of the ancient text. The Brazos Theological Commentary exists to provide an accessible authority so that the preacher’s application will be a ready bandage for all the hurts of life. We who serve the pulpit want a commentary we can understand, and those who hear us expect us to give them a usable word. The Brazos Commentary offers just the right level of light to make illuminating the word the joy it was meant to be.”–Calvin Miller, author of A Hunger for the Holy and Loving God Up Close

“For pastors, wanting to get at the theological heart of a text, there is some good stuff. When I am preaching, I usually try to take a peak at the Brazos volume.”–Nijay K. Gupta, assistant professor of biblical studies, Eastern University


“Rusty Reno has done what Augustine could not—write a theologically satisfying single-volume commentary on the whole of Genesis. Of course, Augustine didn’t have the benefit of reading Genesis through Rashi, Aquinas, Barth, Ochs, and even modern historical critics. This is the right way to read scripture—as a multigenerational exegetical workshop among Christians, Jews, and interested others, not looking for more or less reliable historical information or literary pre-history but for the sort of wisdom that instills love and finally holiness.”—Jason Byassee, executive director of leadership education, Duke Divinity School

“For Reno, the overriding concern of Genesis corresponds to the goal of exegesis: God gives us his promise so that we may move forward ever more deeply into the beginning, into the mystery of Christ. The result is a passionately written commentary that dissolves the divide between exegesis and theology as well as the gap between exposition and application. Those wondering how we might possibly follow in the footsteps of our premodern interpreters of scripture can do no better than to read Reno’s commentary.”—Hans Boersma, J. I. Packer Professor of Theology, Regent College

“Rusty Reno’s Genesis invites readers into a rich conversation that includes the rest of the Bible, the early church fathers, and Rashi, all for the sake of showing how Genesis beckons us forward to Christ and so continues to speak to the church today. Lively and provocative, this is a commentary that never ducks difficult interpretative questions. Those who read this stimulating commentary will be drawn back to the text of Genesis to ask whether they have read it as attentively as they should have.”—Nathan MacDonald, reader in Old Testament, University of St. Andrews, Scotland; leader of the Sofja-Kovaleskaja Research Group, University of Göttingen, Germany

“This volume in this series is significant not least because it is written by the series editor, Rusty Reno. . . . His choice of historical interlocutors for his own volume is careful and rewarding, including Origen, Augustine, and Rashi. . . . A stimulating way of reading Scripture that is serious, demanding, and yet not without humour and humanity.”—Mark W. Elliott, Expository Times

“Reno’s approach is creative. . . . While Genesis recounts the origin of all that is, it really reveals the origin of all that will be. This anticipatory bent Reno pursues in his comments and lends the commentary its theological power. . . . Reno finds his most fruitful conversation partners in premodern authors. Rashi, Origen, Rabbinic Targums, and especially Augustine loom large. . . . This work explores the narrative revelation of God in a particular, worldly history, an embodied history. Reno’s work places the end goal of this history in the New Testament narrative of Jesus Christ. It is a wholly Christian canonical project, familiar with the Church’s long and ongoing conversation with these texts. Utilizing various methodologies, it provides an example of a reading strategy conducted within the Nicene tradition.”—Lissa M. Wray Beal, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures

“Reno has written a model theological commentary. . . . He interacts with a diverse range of sources including modern commentators . . . ancient Jewish commentators . . . and ancient Christian commentators. . . . However, he also incorporates other notable theological works . . . and literary works . . . as the subject matter permits. In his exposition, he not only interacts with expected themes . . . but also with themes that are not typically given as much attention. . . . The author’s overriding commitment [is] to place the grand and unified story of God’s covenant faithfulness on display.”—Brian Asbill, Theological Book Review

“Reno’s commentary on Genesis stands out by providing a purely theological approach to the Scriptures. . . . Reno’s imagery and diversity of sources is a gold mine for the reader. . . . Reno has the style of swinging the reader from earthly levels to citations and concepts from Augustine’s City of God, and from the Targums into a play by Lord Byron that explores the personality of Cain. He also constantly swings from the message of Genesis into the message of the NT, tying concepts and themes together that will be helpful for preachers, teachers, and students as they seek to expound the Word of God and make its message relevant to the modern audience. This is a great commentary for those who seek to be exposed to a wide diversity of theological views that have been put forth regarding the book of Genesis.”—Rick Painter, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

“Reno does a masterful job of interacting with the writings of the church fathers, Jewish targums, rabbinic Midrash, and Reformation interpreters. . . . The insights produced by this theological exchange are profound. . . . The triumvirate of canon, reason, and tradition serves as Reno’s primary guide in his work on Genesis. The result is an impressive example of modern figurative exegesis that participates in the communal and dialogic style of biblical interpretation of a past era. . . . This commentary provides an important voice in representing explicitly theological readings in the ongoing conversation about biblical interpretation. Furthermore, it is an invaluable resource for preachers, scholars, and students of Scripture alike, supplying the rich theological reflection of past voices that is missing in so much of modern biblical scholarship. For these reasons, it has earned both my deep appreciation and my enthusiastic recommendation.”—Amanda W. Benckhuysen, Calvin Theological Journal


“Radner’s commentary is full of stimulating insights from which biblical scholars will benefit. . . . Radner’s commentary makes a valuable contribution to the Christian study of Leviticus. . . . Those who work hard will profit from the often-stimulating associations he finds between Leviticus and other parts of the Bible. Moreover, his commentary provides the first thorough synthesis of premodern Christian and Jewish interpretation of Leviticus.”—Leigh Trevaskis, Review of Biblical Literature

“[This] work supports a thesis carried effectively through the entire 27 chapters of Leviticus: the notion of sacrifice as loving offering undergirds, explains, and is explained by the passion and crucifixion of Jesus, God’s Son and second Person of the Trinity. . . . [Radner’s] use of references on the page and at the foot of the page is thorough. There is much in this commentary which I find most helpful, particularly Radner’s view of the Atonement.”—John Ruef, Living Church

“Preachers will . . . find considerable assistance and rich theological material in Leviticus. . . . [Radner] is well known as a theologian. With this volume, he makes a serious contribution to biblical scholarship as well.”—Preaching

“Ephraim Radner is an accessible writer with thorough historical knowledge, mainly about the pre-critical tradition. Origen, Augustine, Calvin, and many Jewish writers teem in his work with challenging interpretations that historical-critical approaches have banned. . . . There are three strengths: (1) The author engages much underused, interesting material from Old Testament commentators—mainly pre-critical and Jewish interpreters. (2) As a result we have a picture of the history of theological interpretation of Leviticus. (3) The general thesis that Christ is the heart of the book is certainly a helpful option to understand the whole story of Scripture and its redemptive meaning. . . . Radner offers an interesting perspective on Leviticus, showing how God reorients his people amidst this disoriented world. . . . Readers of the Bible need to give this volume careful attention. It will provide a helpful interpretation and understanding of sacrifice. It will inspire and convict as well as teach.”—Tarcizio F. Carvalho, Themelios

“Leviticus in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible series stands out, from within that series, for its sheer depth and intensity. . . . The way Radner’s commentary is written invites readers to enter into a kind of dialogical relationship with his commentary and the biblical text of Leviticus, which I understand to be one of the proper ends of a theological commentary. . . . He ‘searches for’ and finds Jesus ‘in Leviticus’. . . in a way which gives attention to each and every word, each and every discourse and figure in Leviticus, so as to emphasize the materiality of the Levitical code itself and hence the concomitant materiality of the incarnate Christ and the church as Christ’s body now. By underscoring the materiality of the scriptural texts, Radner also displays a good model for biblical reasoning. . . . One of the great strengths of Ephraim Radner’s Leviticus commentary is his commitment to giving unrelenting attention to the materiality of the text, its reasonings, and the way of life it exhibits—all of which make it possible for Christians better to see how Jesus might be seen as performing the logic and reasoning of the Levitical text itself.”—Jacob Goodson, Modern Theology

“For Ephraim Radner . . . Leviticus is filled with promise when read in light of the coming of Jesus Christ. . . . This is not the commentary for those who only want the human author’s intent for the text, its cultural background, or its documentary history. . . . This is a commentary for those who want to see the world ‘as it truly is—that is, as God’s world, the God revealed in Christ.’. . . Because Radner first establishes a comprehensive rationale for his approach, his theological conclusions flow organically from the text. He follows paths marked out by earlier interpreters, which frees him from the need to say something new and allows his work to breathe freshness. . . . The [Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible] offers a scholarly defense for figural reading of the Bible. This series provides permission to combine the findings of biblical criticism with the theological riches of the Spirit-led church while maintaining intellectual integrity. One hopes the series will enrich and expand this synergy. One also hopes for more volumes like Radner’s, which provides a solid rationale for theological interpretation, to identify the most beneficial hermeneutical approaches.”—Stephen J. Lennox, Books & Culture


“David Stubbs is an able guide as he focuses on the literary shape of the final form of Numbers and its theological implications for the life of the Christian church. Stubbs provides a rich and substantive Christian reading of Numbers, focusing on its vision of who the people of God are to be (Numbers 1–10), the failure of the people to live up to God’s vision and God’s faithfulness in spite of that failure (Numbers 11–25), and the reorganization and new beginning of an emerging generation of God’s people as they prepare for life in the promised land of Canaan (Numbers 26–36). Stubbs interacts responsibly with current Old Testament scholarship on Numbers. He also expands his commentary into a dense theological dialogue with New Testament texts, modern Jewish interpreters like Milgrom and Levenson, and a wide array of Christian interpreters like Origen, Jerome, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Barth, Bonhoeffer, Hauerwas, Tanner, and Moltmann. And he takes up a host of substantive theological issues and concerns—election, blessing, eucharist, holiness, sacrifice, leadership, sabbath, sin, and forgiveness, to name a few. Stubbs manages to offer up a sumptuous theological feast out of what is sometimes seen as the dry fare of the book of Numbers.”—Dennis Olson, Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary

“The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible is a crucial venture, and David L. Stubbs’s Numbers is a most welcome addition. With great passion for the text and the people it seeks to form, Stubbs demonstrates that the theological wisdom of the past helps to display the profound importance of the book of Numbers for the cultivation of scripturally shaped ecclesial life. No less does Stubbs’s commentary show the interpretive merits gained by thorough interaction with modern biblical study. In short, Stubbs is to be commended for his steadfast rejection of the false alternative so often posed between ancient and contemporary hermeneutical strategies. Stubbs reads this Old Testament book with an interpretive patience, literary attentiveness, and theological freedom that invite us all to return to the text and consider it more closely—surely a proper end of any theological exegesis worth its name.”—C. Kavin Rowe, assistant professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School

“In Numbers Stubbs shows us what theological interpretation of scripture should be: deeply attentive to the biblical text, whilst at the same time drawing richly from the church’s theological heritage. With the church of our day so divided and confused, we have never more needed to hear God’s word from the book of Numbers, this most ecclesiological of books. God willing, with the patient guidance of Stubbs and other theologians like him, we may yet find our way through the desert of our failings and besetting sins.”—Nathan MacDonald, reader in Old Testament, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and leader of the Sofja-Kovaleskaja Research Group, University of Göttingen, Germany

“Stubbs’s sophisticated literary approach is just what is needed to engage the interplay of law and narrative in this, the most complex book of the Torah. Moreover, his wide-ranging theological and ecclesial imagination is deeply informed by scripture and the history of its interpretation by both Jews and Christians. Stubbs has opened up the riches of a book that was effectively closed to the church, making it accessible and even indispensable for our journey with God.”—Ellen F. Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School

“The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible was born of the conviction that everyone interprets from a particular tradition, whether they acknowledge it or not, and that those steeped in the practices of the ‘Nicene tradition, in all its diversity and controversy,’ are best able to provide ‘structure and cogency to scriptural interpretation.’ The editors have chosen theologians for whom doctrine is a living engagement with the tradition, a habit of mind and heart, not a chiseling of propositions on stone tablets—theologians like David Stubbs. He sees in the diverse material of Numbers a consistent portrayal of God as a ‘burning fire that tests us and ultimately cleanses us to make us holy.’ He sees the burning fire of God creating a ‘people of zeal and hope and of humility and honesty.’ His commentary helps to bridge the divide that has arisen between theologians and exegetes. ”—Thomas A. Boogaart, Professor of Biblical Studies, Western Theological Seminary

“Stubbs offers a fresh and helpful analysis of Numbers. Numbers is not easy to read as Christian Scripture, but Stubbs approaches the text with fresh eyes and offers creative solutions to textual problems as well as illuminating, but orthodoxy bound, interpretations. Any preacher who has never thought about a sermon series on Numbers has only to peruse this volume. Soon they will begin to get excited at the prospect of unpacking this long-forgotten, yet foundational, book of the Bible.”—David Griffiths, Theological Book Review

“Gives much space to how the stories and laws in the Book of Numbers connect to Christian practice and theology. [This aspect] will be helpful in preaching.”—Ray Van Neste, Preaching

“[Stubbs] adverts frequently to, and draws substantively from, people who are theologically, philologically, and critically adept Christian scholars. . . . I regard Stubbs’s commentary on Numbers the best in the series so far, not least because he permits his reading to be disciplined by the text. . . . Stubbs is neither dismissive of nor naïve about history and its relation—its variously potential relations—to scriptural interpretation. Most impressive about this commentary is its conjunction of close attention to the text of Numbers combined with its (the commentary’s) intratextual character—its treatment of Numbers also as a text to be read within the textual, scriptural, ensemble of which it is a component. That ensemble, as Stubbs plays it, can be breathtaking at times. . . . One gains the impression that Stubbs is less interested in some conflict between theologically incompetent biblical scholars and exegetically incompetent theologians than in engaging in actual scriptural interpretation. This he does well, and in exemplary fashion.”—Ben C. Ollenburger, Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought

“The book of Numbers is not necessarily the biblical book that jumps to one’s mind as a subject for an interesting Bible study or sermon series. . . . This is unfortunate, however, as David Stubbs’ commentary beautifully demonstrates. . . . Throughout the commentary, Stubbs uses his exegetical skills and keen theological sensibilities to elucidate the stories of Numbers, many of which are difficult to understand. . . . At least as helpful as his explanations are his applications of these stories to the church today. . . . While this commentary is informative and helpful for anyone interested in Numbers, it has special benefit for preachers. . . . The exegetical insights in the commentary deal with many issues relevant to the Christian community. . . . In addition, his clear writing style and pastoral tone make this volume a stimulating choice for all of us who must choose carefully from the numerous reading options available.”—Mary L. Vanden Berg, Calvin Theological Journal

“Stubbs consistently makes linkages with the entire Christian tradition. . . . Stubbs’s effort to relate Scripture and doctrine must be judged as very successful. He blazes the trail for teachers, ministers, preachers and, above all, students of the Bible!”—James Chukwuma Okoye, CSSp, The Bible Today


“Deuteronomy summarizes the Torah and casts its long influence on the rest of the canon. Telford Work insightfully guides the reader through this important book and displays its significance to today’s community of faith. I particularly appreciate his commitment to the text, unwilling to explain away some of its more difficult features. I recommend this not only to clergy and students, but also to biblical scholars who will benefit from the perspective of a theologian who is grounded in the Bible.”—Tremper Longman III, Westmont College

“Work moves through the book of Deuteronomy chapter by chapter, highlighting what he calls the plain sense of the passage (literal), the allegorical sense related to faith, the anagogical sense related to hope, and the moral sense related to love. Using these four lenses, he not only opens the text in various ways but also draws out implications for contemporary believers. This is an interesting theological approach.”—Dianne Bergant, CSA, The Bible Today

“This commentary will prove helpful to those who come to grips with the Bible professionally as preachers and teachers. . . . There are helpful topical and Scripture indexes included.”—Richard D. Nelson, Interpretation

“For many Christians, Deuteronomy is another collection of arcane Jewish laws that have no bearing on church life in the least. . . . [Work’s] desire to recover this book for the church is commendable. . . . Work’s contribution is useful inasmuch as he actually helps readers think about just how Deuteronomy could be applied to the church. This is something many commentaries simply ignore. . . . This commentary will force readers to remember it is not enough to leave this wonderful revelation in its historical context.”—Steven H. Sanchez, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

1 Samuel

“Francesca Murphy is at her perceptive and witty best in 1 Samuel. Her truly remarkable breadth of reading, awareness of the ambiguity of both power and vision, love of scripture, and sense of what the church is about today make this a powerful and relevant contribution to the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible. I thoroughly recommend her volume.”—Iain Torrance, president, Princeton Theological Seminary

“The preaching of any scripture requires that we read it in the midst of the one long theological conversation that is the church. Francesca Aran Murphy does this for us with her commentary on 1 Samuel. She pays fastidious attention to the theological readings passed down to us throughout the centuries, from Origen to von Balthasar. She does not discard the modern hermeneutic; rather, she uses it in the service of doing faithful theology for our time. By tracing the ‘many little dramas’ of 1 Samuel, Murphy unfurls the story of God’s drama with Israel in a way that illumines what today we might rightly call ‘the political.’ As a result, the ancient riches of 1 Samuel are opened up in profound new ways for the challenge of being the church that we face today.”—David Fitch, B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary

“Murphy guides the reader through the labyrinthine narrative and theology of 1 Samuel, all the while tethered to a careful and cogent reading of the biblical text. Along the way, she enlists an impressive array of interpreters, both ancient and modern, to shed light on the book’s theological twists and turns and its spiritual meaning for those who follow great David’s greater Son. The rich theological conversation that takes place within this volume ensures it a prominent place among recent studies of 1 Samuel.”—L. Daniel Hawk, professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Ashland Theological Seminary

“Many commentaries exhibit a strange doubleness. On technical points they are sharp and decisive; on large questions they are evasive. Not Francesca Aran Murphy’s 1 Samuel, the latest volume in the Brazos Theological Commentary series. Murphy is almost belligerently forthright in laying out her interpretations, making her book a delightful read even when one disagrees. And whereas typical commentary is written with all the verve of an instruction manual, Murphy’s prose is fresh, witty, at times exuberant—not to draw attention to itself, but in mimetic homage to the richness of the text.”—John Wilson, Christianity Today

“A thoughtful, stimulating commentary. . . . In her discussion of the text, Murphy draws on a variety of sources throughout church history, ranging from the Church fathers to modern commentators. Her familiarity with this entire range brings together a rich variety of perspectives that would be especially helpful to someone preaching through this book. . . . Murphy gives a thoughtful, sympathetic portrayal of each individual, showing all as very human with their own strengths and weaknesses. This seems to be one of the best features of the book. . . . This is a worthwhile commentary on 1 Samuel. Anyone preaching on Samuel or studying Israel’s united kingdom will find it a helpful resource.”—Michael A. Harbin, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

“This is a uniquely captivating commentary. Add to the mix Murphy’s sense for the aesthetic in her own writing, at times downright hilarious comments, and scattered references to The Bourne Supremacy, Lord of the Rings, and the Daleks from Doctor Who. This, along with her wide appreciation of ancient Christian perspectives on 1 Samuel, also makes this a treasury of spiritual riches. . . . While probably restricted to pastors, students of theology, and those willing to struggle through—or skip—the more abstruse parts of the text, Murphy has done the Church a great favour in bringing to light how the seemingly dusty history of 1 Samuel is ‘an edge-of-the-seat affair.’”—Steve Harris, Christian Courier

“This discussion of 1 Samuel is conducted with great verve by a theologian clearly enthralled by her material; and that makes for attractive reading. . . . Throughout the volume, Murphy discusses the text with a broad choice of partners. . . . Among the strengths of the commentary are the extended and wide-ranging essays that introduce each series.”—Graeme Auld, Expository Times

1 & 2 Kings

“[Leithart] focuses on the literary elements of the text. . . . Several of his insights are helpful and make his commentary worth consulting for a theologically conservative literary take on 1 and 2 Kings, especially one sensitive to implications for political theology. . . . The [Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible] offers a scholarly defense for figural reading of the Bible. This series provides permission to combine the findings of biblical criticism with the theological riches of the Spirit-led church while maintaining intellectual integrity. One hopes the series will enrich and expand this synergy.”—Stephen J. Lennox, Books & Culture

“Leithart has done an admirable job. . . . While the brevity of his comments has forced him to remain succinct, the profundity of his theological observations does not suffer. . . . Leithart presents a reading that avoids the pitfalls of critical methodologies. For one who reads about and teaches the Old Testament for a living, the book at hand offers a refreshing read. . . . [Leithart’s] ability to make significant observations about parallels within the book of Kings and the Old Testament enhances his discussion about parallels with the New Testament. . . . He is particularly adept at recognizing parallels, wordplays, and literary devices that bring out the meaning of the text. . . . Leithart’s theological conclusions about the book of Kings are diverse and interesting. He demonstrates a breadth of reading and knowledge of theological matters and brings that knowledge to bear upon the book of Kings. . . . For the biblical scholar, this volume is a fitting reminder that the text should be read holistically and theologically. . . . The book causes the reader to think profoundly about the ultimate message(s) of the text. For the pastor, Leithart’s commentary will provide a succinct summary of each chapter or section that is most helpful in preaching through the book. For the theologian, Leithart has shown how even the book of Kings makes weighty theological statements based upon a text-imminent, Christian reading of the book. Moreover, for all, it is a delightful read.”—Randall L. McKinion, Review of Biblical Literature

“Commentaries written by theologians, though plentiful in the history of Christianity, are at present rare, making Peter Leithart’s recent work on 1–2 Kings distinctively refreshing. . . . In an easily accessible style, Leithart interweaves an entertaining rehearsal of the biblical story while expanding on themes that relate to Christian theology and practice. . . . Both content and structure contribute to the value of the commentary for sermon-preparation and lay use. Chief among the distinguishing features of Leithart’s work is the way he travels from the text to multiple disciplines that benefit from the narrative theology described therein. The breadth of his expertise is displayed in his interaction with political theory; metaphysics; historical theology; anthropology; sociology; literary criticism; and philosophy from ancient to postmodern times. . . . [Leithart’s] aspiration of bringing the OT to the church as an ongoing source of revelation is refreshing. In a discipline felt by many to have become increasingly distant from the church, theology, and even exegesis, biblical studies is in need of ‘reform.’ Like Elijah, Leithart is attempting to address the problem from within, rather than casting aspersions from a distance. For this, as well as for his engaging style and challenging observations, his contribution is welcome.”—Amber Warhurst, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

“The [Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible] seeks to rescue the Bible from the hypercritical and hyperspecialized world of contemporary Biblical studies, at least as it is practiced in the academy. Its ecumenical lineup includes Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox contributors. . . . The refreshing result is a respect for the tradition of the church in an age when exegesis often competes with or denigrates theology. Leithart’s contribution will be especially welcome . . . for its sensitivity to redemptive history. . . . Leithart’s careful treatment of typology in the narratives of Israel’s kings lives up to the high standard that he has established.”—John Muether, Ordained Servant

“Leithart will certainly provide you with food for thought. . . . You will encounter useful ideas to provoke you in your sermon prep. This intriguing new series will incorporate contributions from a broad spectrum of theological traditions. You will want to keep your eye on the Brazos commentaries.”—Semper Reformanda

“This commentary series offers us the hope and promise of Christian theologians (all of them men and women of the church) joining their scholarship with their faith in a way that brings back the ancient, venerable tradition of theologians engaging the text of canonical Scripture. . . . Leithart is fully conversant with modern Biblical scholarship, even if he is not as concerned to recount it. He does, however, make good use of rhetorical criticism—how the structure and form of the text itself work to make its point. . . . Leithart’s commentary is a refreshing read and eminently usable by the preacher who, in preaching the Old Testament, wants to point out that the person and work of Jesus Christ are already present in the Old Testament, if in a discreet and hidden way. . . . Leithart has given the Brazos Theological Commentary series a high standard to match. If those whose works are to follow can give us similar quality, then this series will prove to be an invaluable tool to the preacher and teacher.”—Walter Taylor, Layman

“[This] series aims to produce a new corpus of theological commentary on scripture. If the other volumes in this series compare favorably with Leithart’s work on Kings, they will have produced a stellar achievement indeed! . . . [Leithart] provides models and case studies . . . throughout his commentary that should prove useful to the constructive end of reading the bible with narrative and confessional integrity. . . . Many readers will find it intriguing to learn how Leithart sees the text of Kings as they interact with Luther, Calvin, and the Protestant Reformation at many points. . . . [The work is] ideally suited as a companion text for the preacher or Bible teacher working through these books systematically. . . . The reading involved is not overly technical so that it could be of use to serious church members as well as Hebraists. Given the lack of systematic Old Testament teaching in the church, hopefully Leithart’s work will inspire many to grapple with these books instead of skimming through them in the future.  Leithart’s style is warm hearted and devotional; this work could even be used by the pastor wanting to challenge, inform, and feed his own soul . . . not just as grist for the sermon mill.”—Chuck Huckaby, biblestorytelling.blogspot.com

“[Leithart’s] introduction ‘1–2 Kings as Gospel’ is well worth reading and will be a great help in preparing to preach through these books which are not often chosen for expository series. This commentary will be a great supplement to other tools when preaching in 1–2 Kings.”—Preaching

“With a PhD from Cambridge and extensive pastoral experience at Trinity Reformed Church in Idaho, Leithart made me feel like I was enjoying the best of academic scholarship, linguistic analysis, literary insights, historical reflections, and thoughtful applications to contemporary Christian discipleship. 1 & 2 Kings begins with Solomon’s ascension to power and ends with Judah’s banishment to Babylon, which means that Leithart makes a panoramic sweep of roughly 400 years of salvation history in Israel.”—Daniel B. Clendenin, journeywithjesus.net

“The [Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible] bills itself correctly as a different kind of commentary. . . . This work should prove helpful for Christian preachers as they think about the theological possibilities within the text.”—Tyler Mayfield, Religious Studies Review

“Leithart does an eminently satisfying work of exposition, although his work engages age-old questions of exegetical method. . . . His bibliography reflects his engagement with biblical and theological scholarship spanning the pre-, modern, and postmodern eras. . . . Theologically rich discussions are threaded throughout the commentary. . . . This reviewer found Leithart’s work stimulating in its unabashedly theological interpretive stance. Such a starting point for the exegetical task inquires differently of the text and renders fresh applications and observations. The two disciplines of biblical and theological studies can only benefit from cross-disciplinary engagement and, certainly, Leithart demonstrates that both disciplines can be used critically and in service of the Church.”—Lissa M. Wray Beal, Toronto Journal of Theology

“This book is a welcome addition to the body of commentary literature that expounds the book of Kings for the reader who wishes to see how its ‘theology’ is truly connected to the fuller mosaic of biblical revelation and the ‘rule of truth’ that Irenaeus articulated in his context in the early Christian church. . . . [Leithart’s] content and writing style are both engaging and stimulating. Preachers will learn a great deal about the literary artistry of Kings and will likely pick up many suggestive sermonic and teaching points in this work. The book concludes with an extensive bibliography as well as a subject index and Scripture index, all of which is helpful for further reading on the many points Leithart touches on.”—Mark D. Vander Hart, Mid-America Journal of Theology

“This commentary is both fascinating and very easy to read. One need not entirely share Leithart’s Reformed perspective to get a great deal out of it. It is highly recommended as a resource for pastors and laypersons alike.”—Jack Kilcrease, Logia

Ezra & Nehemiah

“This is not a commentary in the strict sense of the term. It is a historical and theological exposition of themes that surface as the narratives of the book unfold. In this way Levering provides extensive information that throws light on what might otherwise be unfamiliar information.”—Dianne Bergant, CSA, Bible Today

“[Ezra & Nehemiah] focuses on how these books fit within the overall story of the Bible. . . . This is a good addition to other commentaries helping preachers take the step from close examination of the text to seeing how each portion of this story fits in the whole flow of redemption. . . . [It] points the way to thinking more theologically in these books.”—Ray Van Neste, Preaching

“The book well fulfills the purpose of the [Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible] series in an intellectually coherent and interesting way. It has much to teach even those opposed to such theological readings. . . . The book might find particular use in classes within Christian theological education where the books of Ezra and Nehemiah find little, if any, purpose except as appropriated through supercessionalist readings of Second Temple Judaism, often inherent within the standard theological backgrounds of the discourse.”—John W. Wright, Religious Studies Review

Proverbs & Ecclesiastes

“Treier’s new commentary is a rare gift: rich theological reflection and wisdom from and on Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. It fills a serious gap in much Christian thought and practice by providing a biblically based creation theology that addresses ordinary human life in its God-related richness and complexity. Last but not least, it is readable and absorbing. May Treier’s tribe increase!”—Raymond C. Van Leeuwen, professor of biblical studies, Eastern University

Song of Songs

“Griffiths provides a wonderful commentary on the New Vulgate text of the Song of Songs. Readers will benefit from his introduction defending the value of the study of translations, his close study of the translation he has chosen, and his theological interpretations of Christ and the church. His review of major Christian interpreters of the Song throughout the history of the church is most valuable.”—Richard S. Hess, Earl S. Kalland Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Denver Seminary

“One of the fascinating, even if rather unusual, aspects of this commentary is that it takes the New Vulgate of the Catholic Church as its starting point. . . . At the same time, Griffiths’ careful attention to philological detail throughout the commentary does make for fascinating exegetical results—and interesting insights into the meaning of the Song. One of the most intriguing elements of the commentary is the way in which Griffiths links the surface meaning of the text theologically to the relationship between God and his people. . . . For Griffiths, as for many premodern readers, it is the Scripture text that determines which interpretations fall within one’s plausible parameters. Far from being arbitrary, figural reading takes the canonical context—and in particular Scripture’s own description of God’s self-disclosure in Christ—as determinative for its understanding of the revelatory text. Griffiths’ commentary thus offers us a wonderful sample of how we may continue to read the Song of Songs as sacred Scripture.”—Hans Boersma, Calvin Theological Journal

“Paul Griffiths . . . intends his commentary to be read by Christian laymen and laywomen today, in an age when the sacramental nature of marriage urgently needs rediscovery and reaffirmation. . . . A new ‘figural’ reading of the Song of Songs . . . offers a model for reordering our human loves. And this is precisely what Griffiths offers. . . . [He] offers his own English translation of the New Vulgate Song of Songs, and the translation and his justification for it are among the book’s most valuable features. . . . The grammar of love that guides Paul Griffiths’ profound reading of the Song of Songs schools us in an urgently needed unforgetting.”—Ann W. Astell, First Things

“The Song [is] among the most commented upon books in the last two thousand years. Griffiths makes an admirable contribution to this long tradition. . . . In addition to reading the Song as one between a lover and beloved, Griffiths also reads the Song as between Christ and Israel/the Church, God and Mary, and God and the individual. His efforts here draw out fascinating—though never fanciful—comments. . . . There is much to celebrate, from a Reformed point of view, in Griffiths’ exposition of the Song. . . . Griffiths’ own delightful writing admirably draws us into the kiss of the Song, the Song which sings of the great love of God for us, a love stronger than death (Song 8:6).”—Steve Harris, Christian Courier


“Robert Jenson brings to the interpretation of Ezekiel years of theological study, a deeply Trinitarian vision, and an ability to read the Bible as Christian scripture. That combination vivifies the dry bones of much standard biblical exegesis and illumines what is surely one of the strangest of biblical books.”—Gilbert Meilaender, Valparaiso University

“Here is a faithful Christocentric reading of Ezekiel that sits happily alongside this Jewish reader’s cherished volume of Moshe Greenberg’s commentary on Ezekiel. Jenson’s Christocentric reading is also a deep reading of this text, drawing up dimensions of form and force and meaning that will also serve the rabbinic reader: not because of any leveling or syncretism, but because, once drawn up, these dimensions may then be drawn forward in their different ways by the differing communities of rabbinic and Christian readers.”—Peter Ochs, University of Virginia

“One of the most powerful trajectories in Jenson’s commentary is his use of law and gospel as an interpretive framework. . . . Jenson’s comments represent, to my mind, the best of what the Brazos series can offer, namely, critical reflection on how textual claims can positively interact with dogmatic formulations. . . . Although writing as a Protestant theologian to a Christian audience, Jenson is remarkably sensitive to Jewish interpreters. . . . The result of Jenson’s study is a creative and rich Christian reading of Ezekiel that exemplifies the theological aims of the Brazos commentary series. Jenson’s work should find a home on the desk of any pastor, minister, or lay person who is interested in serious theological engagement with Ezekiel. . . . Jenson’s work brings clarity to this often confusing and under-preached prophetic book.”—Michael Jay Chan, Word & World

“Engaging and punchy. [Jenson’s] introduction arguing for the propriety of a theological reading of the OT is worthwhile in itself.”—Ray Van Neste, Preaching

“Jenson’s book is a good companion in the venture of reading Ezekiel. . . . The commentary is broken down into the logical units of the text itself, never too unwieldy in length and sometimes quite short if the logic of the passage dictates it. . . . Jenson allows for multiple hands at work in the final text, but since it is after all the canonical text . . . he doesn’t trouble himself overmuch about separating out the different strains. They all have something to say; he does his best to illuminate what all these pieces have to say; and he graciously admits defeat when stumped. Not that this happens often. . . . Altogether Jenson’s commentary will not infrequently cause discomfort; but I suspect that a comfortable reading of Ezekiel would almost certainly be a faithless one.”—Sarah Wilson, Lutheran Forum

“The strength of Jenson’s commentary is its ability to show every line of Scripture as vibrant with theological meaning, and it is hoped that this will quicken the imaginations of future interpreters. Readers will often find Jenson’s theological reflections provocative and will be rewarded for ruminating on them. . . . This commentary will especially be of use to students and pastors working with a specific passage.”—Nathan Chambers, Calvin Theological Journal


“Phil Cary has given us a sparkling commentary on Jonah, one that in its combination of literary and theological acumen is true not only to the aims of the Brazos Theological Commentary series, but also to the spirit of Jonah itself.”—R. Kendall Soulen, Wesley Theological Seminary

“One’s response to this book will largely depend on what one thinks of theological interpretation of Scripture (TIS). Those who heed the TIS’s call to read each text as part of the Bible, to make connections with other texts, and to follow pre-critical biblical exegesis will appreciate Cary’s work. . . . [T]his book is a good place to begin for those wondering what TIS looks like in practice. And even for those who dislike TIS, the book is fun to read compared to the frequently dreary prose of most commentaries.”—Charlie Trimm, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

“The chief benefit of Cary’s work is methodological. It will fuel the ongoing and necessary conversation regarding the intersection of theological hermeneutics and interpretations that value historical-critical principles. More specifically, how does an interpretation that values historical-critical principles interact with the hermeneutical possibilities brought on by assuming a canonical framework? This question cannot be dismissed out of hand or taken lightly, particularly by those who confess the authority of both OT and NT.”—David B. Schreiner, Bulletin for Biblical Research

“Cary’s concern to combat anti-Semitism in Christian readings of Jonah, and his discussions of important theological concepts related to the book, make this work beneficial for Christian pastors and laity.”—Brad E. Kelle, Religious Studies Review

“Phillip Cary’s commentary on the book of Jonah combines profound exegesis with original insights that could serve both the biblical scholar and the layperson. . . . The commentary provides a detailed analysis of each verse, which is indicated both in the text itself and at the top of each page for easier reference. . . . At the end of the commentary is an epilogue with some observations which could be useful for a dialogue between Judaism and Christianity. . . . In addition to information that one may find in other commentaries, Cary has some fresh observations. . . . Cary does end on a hopeful note in helping us rediscover that Christians and Jews can rejoice in the graces that they have both received from God. It is a hermeneutical conclusion that brings to an end this thought-provoking commentary. . . . A fine contribution to the field of exegesis on the book of Jonah. Phillip Cary does not simply repeat what others have written. He opens the way to some new possibilities in the interpretation of the book of Jonah for Christians today.”—Jacek Stefanski, Review of Biblical Literature

“Seeks to focus on the overall meaning of the text rather than minute details. . . . It is readable and often suggestive, thus will be useful alongside a more detailed commentary.”—Ray Van Neste, Preaching

“Cary writes with an energy and clarity rarely found in biblical commentaries of any type. . . . Cary works his way through the text phrase by phrase, with an eye for allusions and intertextual echoes; these often fund his theological reflections. He, appropriately in my opinion, blurs the distinction between interpretation and theology. . . . If . . . you want a sustained theological theme played out over the course of interpreting a text, then this volume will both edify and repay repeated reading.”—Stephen Fowl, Catholic Biblical Quarterly

“Cary highlights two features in his commentary which are unusual. First, Cary persuasively argues that the variation in the use of the names for God in Jonah is very important if one is to understand what the book is saying about God. The second unusual feature is Cary’s interpretation of the importance and significance of the gourd in Jonah 4. Cary thinks that the gourd represents the royal Davidic line. Whether or not one agrees with Cary, this is an interesting and provocative move, and bathes the book of Jonah in a different light. . . . This book may be read, understood, and enjoyed by seminary students and professors, by pastors, by thoughtful lay people, and even by people who are not believers. Yet its insights are profound enough to make the volume worthy of shelf space. If the purpose of theology is to provoke us to seek God, I can heartily recommend this commentary. After reading it, I felt refreshed, chastened about my own heart’s ‘Jonah places,’ and more determined to seek the God who is the Ultimate Protagonist in the story of Jonah, and indeed, of the whole Bible.”—Daryl Docterman, Stone-Campbell Journal


“What’s nice to see is that the individual commentators have been allowed to retain their own voices in this series; Hauerwas is as delightfully irascible and hard-hitting as ever. . . . Hauerwas attends to the Gospel chapter by chapter, teasing out theological themes while resisting the temptation to create a systematic Christology. He draws on theologians like Barth, Augustine, Origen and especially Bonhoeffer, whom he quotes and paraphrases often, as well as New Testament scholars and eclectic writers like Wendell Berry. Insightful and provocative, Hauerwas adds a valuable theological perspective to the Gospel of Matthew.”—Publishers Weekly

“This commentary reveals the strong links between Matthew and Hauerwas’s own extensive bibliography, and even more the links that connect Hauerwas and Matthew to the works of John Howard Yoder, Reinhold Niebuhr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and an ecumenical enclave of contemporary theologians. . . . As Hauerwas works through the narratives, sermons and parables of Matthew, and especially the Sermon on the Mount, he displays the profoundly biblical basis of the positions he has expounded over the years. Readers who have followed Hauerwas’s writings closely will recognize themes, incidents and favorite interlocutors whom Hauerwas draws into a marvelous, improbable quilt of biblical theology. . . . By interweaving contemporary and historical narratives with the plot of Matthew’s Gospel, he displays the power of narrative exposition. . . . Likewise, Hauerwas shows the value of a figurative imagination in biblical reading; he continually draws Matthean motifs together with similar features in the rest of the Bible and shows where subsequent generations found the basis for their doctrinal reasoning. In the passages where Matthew, Hauerwas and their shared interlocutors all strike the same chord, the approach vindicates the value of this series to libraries already glutted with commentaries. . . . This commentary serves readers admirably by connecting the points that lie between the first and 21st centuries and by reminding readers that Matthew’s Gospel has played a deep, broad role in centuries of theological reflection. . . . [It] advance[s] the cause of a less problematic, more harmonious theological reading of the Bible. It will appeal most to readers who already appreciate Hauerwas’s writings, to preachers, and to those hardy theological explorers who, with Hauerwas and Reno, persist in seeking a better rhetoric in theological commentary on scripture.”—A. K. M. Adam, Christian Century

“There is much about the vision for the series that I find attractive. . . . A refreshing feature of this kind of commentary is that comment is disciplined and shaped in relation to what is significant for Christian faith. In a relatively small book, there is substantial discussion of a whole host of issues that are of profound importance to Christians. Sometimes the discussion remains theologically abstract, but often it is compellingly relevant and at times quite moving. . . . The commentary is the work of one capable of acute observation and profound thought. At his best Hauerwas shows some real sensitivity to Matthew’s story-telling technique. . . . There will be those who find in this commentary a breath of fresh air. There is certainly much to challenge and inspire Christian readers.”—John Nolland, Review of Biblical Literature

“[This] volume tries to show what a patristically informed, theological sensitive hermeneutic would look like in actual practice. Brazos was wise to ask Stanley Hauerwas to write its volume on the Gospel of Matthew. . . . The result is the most satisfying work of Hauerwas’ in some years. . . . In this work, all of Hauerwas’ strengths—his Christocentrism, his theological passion, his rigorous and demanding love for the gathered church—are amplified through the words of the evangelist to serve as a resource for preaching and teaching in the church. I for one am much more likely to turn here than to any more typically modern commentary for help in preaching.”—Jason Byassee, Books & Culture

“The value of the commentary is its bringing Matthew into unity with the rest of the biblical witness to the Gospel as that witness has been expounded by the church. The soundness of the commentary lies in Hauerwas’s own theology having been honed by the church. . . . Throughout, the commentary reflects the way that genuine dialogue with the Bible sheds light on the economic, political, military, and cultural dimensions of every generation. . . . This Brazos series can play an important role in reminding one of the community’s indispensable role in understanding the Bible, and Hauerwas’s contribution to the series is a formidable one indeed!”—Gene L. Davenport, Catholic Biblical Quarterly

“I would recommend [this commentary] especially for devotional reading. Hauerwas is not afraid to question long-held evangelical assumptions related to the family . . ., politics, war, poverty and wealth, and sexuality. While many will disagree with both his interpretations of Matthew and his conclusions on these hot-button issues, they are substantial and deserve careful attention. . . . His reading of the First Gospel at times reveals profound insights and moves one to follow harder after Jesus.”—Joel Willitts, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

“[Hauerwas’s aim] is to show the ‘how’ of Matthew’s work, or the practical wisdom exercised in his unfolding of the Gospel story. . . . He comments on each chapter of Matthew, using the chapter divisions for assisting readers to arrive at a fuller sense of the continuity of the story. . . . Hauerwas provides insightful spiritual and moral commentary. . . . Hauerwas’s commentary on Matthew integrates . . . the exegetical, the theological, and the ecclesial. As a result, his reading is more focused and more intensive. What he does is both instructive and encouraging for contemporary preachers. . . . Hauerwas reads us into Matthew’s story of the gospel so that we might be trained to be disciples of Jesus. We are fortunate to have [this commentary] to help us read the word of God for the work of ministry.”—Michael Pasquarello III, Journal of Theological Interpretation

“Hauerwas endeavors not to write about Matthew so much as to write alongside Matthew. Inasmuch as he thinks alongside Matthew, Hauerwas moves in a different direction than historical studies and becomes somewhat of an artist himself. . . . Hauerwas is not afraid to ‘read our lives into the story that Matthew tells.’ In fact, this is what makes this theological commentary stand out from others. . . . Perhaps Hauerwas’ most significant contribution to the emerging genre of theological commentaries is found in his emphasis of Matthew’s role in the church’s communal life throughout the ages and his hope that his commentary be ‘read as the theology of the church.’. . . His considerations that connect Matthew to a contemporary audience are well-crafted, insightful, and cannot be dismissed easily. All will appreciate the conviction, clarity, and profundity with which he writes; some of Hauerwas’ opponents might even find themselves reassessing previous disagreements in light of Hauerwas’ close conversation with Matthew. This commentary might also be of particular interest to Hauerwas enthusiasts since it demonstrates a deep-seated biblical foundation for a great deal of his previous work. Shapes and contours of his theology that have never been explicitly linked in other writings are also brought together in this one volume. . . . On the whole, Hauerwas certainly proves to be Matthew’s faithful interpreter. While most commentaries strive to connect contemporary readers to the first century, Hauerwas also gives heed to Matthew’s vast interpretive history, a noteworthy achievement. . . . Anyone wishing to become acquainted with theological exegesis should consider this volume. Hauerwas offers a fresh perspective on Matthew that is aberrantly insightful, colorful, compelling, and powerful. Well-written, fast-paced, and accessible to laity, Hauerwas delivers thoughtful and thought-provoking conversation between Matthew’s gospel and American culture that aims to do no more than ‘position the reader to be a follower of Jesus.’”—Thomas Seat, Princeton Theological Review

“Hauerwas’ commentary on Matthew . . . carries forward the Word once delivered to Zwingli, and will prove to be one of the most profitable places to discern the arrival of that Word today. It comes as something of a blessed relief to have the Brazos series. I in no way want to suggest that the labors of biblical scholars are not an essential part of the work of the church, but it is a welcome development to have a set of modern commentaries that follow more closely what Augustine, Chrysostom, Zwingli, Luther, and Calvin once did. . . . The series could not have chosen a better commentator for Matthew than Hauerwas. . . . Hauerwas shows himself particularly adept at illustrating Jesus’ continuity with the prophets. . . . Matthew is read and exposited so that we might understand God’s holy Word, and do what we have understood. Hauerwas’ Matthew is the thunder peal that has followed Zwingli’s lightening strike.”—James F. Cubie, Koinonia

“My own experience of reading Bible commentaries has often been frustrating; their linguistic dissection of verb tenses and technical comparisons of what other scholars have written has generally left me spiritually hungry. The Brazos series moves to theological reflection, and I have been very grateful for the volumes . . . that I’ve read. . . . Readers who are familiar with [Hauerwas’s] many other works will not be surprised to find heavy doses of Augustine, Barth, Bonhoeffer, and Yoder. Hauerwas is at his prophetic best in pointing us to the disruption and offense provoked by the Gospel.”—Daniel B. Clendenin, journeywithjesus.net


“Only a genuine ‘lover of God’ can reflect on Luke’s Gospel with the kind of eloquent beauty that David Lyle Jeffrey displays in this commentary. Drawing on a wide range of earlier ‘lovers of God’ throughout the centuries—commentators, painters, and poets—this book is living testimony that reading in line with faithful readers throughout the centuries makes us enter more deeply into Luke’s portrayal of the beauty of divine redemption.”—Hans Boersma, J. I. Packer Professor of Theology, Regent College

“Drawing on a rich palette of historic Christian reflection, Jeffrey provides an exposition of Luke that invites one into a spiritually rich engagement with this Gospel. In Jeffrey’s hands the giants of the past, the wider context of scripture, and key features of the text itself direct our focus to the Jesus to whom Luke bears testimony.”—John Nolland, director of studies and tutor in New Testament, Trinity College Bristol

“Could it be that God intends us to read Luke’s Gospel for spiritual nourishment? If so, there could hardly be a better guide than David Lyle Jeffrey. This commentary is vintage Jeffrey, with his winning prose, literary sensitivity, and unmatched familiarity with Christian spiritual guides of the past—from Chrysostom and Bede to Aquinas and the medieval Franciscans—and the most notable exegetes and theologians writing today. Jeffrey also attends to the insights that can be gleaned from the great Christian poets whom he knows so well. The connection between learning about Jesus and loving Jesus is on full display in this beautiful work.”—Matthew Levering, professor of theology, University of Dayton

“A work of such literary beauty and theological bounty as Luke’s Gospel demands an interpreter steeped in the thick literary and theological heritage of Christian thought. In this lively and learned commentary, distinguished humanities scholar David Lyle Jeffrey clears the bar with room to spare. Deftly mining the rich reflections of church fathers from Ambrose to Aquinas, Bede to Bonaventure, Chrysostom to Calvin, enhanced by illuminating insights from medieval and renaissance painting and poetry, Jeffrey provides a faithful, panoramic reading of Luke with the ‘communion of saints.’ An invaluable resource for understanding and proclaiming Luke’s good news.”—F. Scott Spencer, professor of New Testament and preaching, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond

“Brazos commentaries assert that in the interpretation of scripture ‘dogma clarifies rather than obscures’—a controversial pudding, which critics sometimes deem underwhelming in the proof. David Jeffrey’s fresh take on this genre mounts an energetic rebuttal: he brings to bear a lifetime’s treasury of literary learning in the Christian tradition, deployed with outstanding sensitivity to the gospel’s texture and to the life-giving witness of its faithful readers through the ages. With its exciting, theologically vibrant range of reference across twenty centuries of interpretation, this is a terrific contribution. No commentary of this kind can hope to cross every exegete’s t or to dot every dogmatician’s i. But Jeffrey on Luke brings the evangelist to life for us on a brilliant exegetical and theological tour of attentive gospel interpretation down the ages. It’s a gem. Take and read!”—Markus Bockmuehl, professor of biblical and early Christian studies, Keble College, University of Oxford

“It is sheer delight to encounter David Lyle Jeffrey’s beautiful, soaring prose about Luke, the most beautiful book ever written. With both ‘polish and secular eloquence’—to echo Thomas Aquinas’s characterization of the third evangelist—Jeffrey ‘opens up’ the rich subtleties and intricate ironies of Luke’s elucidation of why Jesus of Nazareth matters. Seldom do we find such thick theological description presented in such artistically textured speech. Learn from a master and never be the same again!”—David P. Moessner, professor of biblical theology, University of Dubuque/University of Pretoria

“Always attentive to the text and sensitive to the historical background, especially the Old Testament, David Lyle Jeffrey opens the reader’s eyes to the literary artistry, spiritual drama, and theological depth of Luke’s portrait of Jesus’s life, teaching, death, and resurrection. Drawing deeply from the wellspring of the church’s living tradition, Jeffrey’s commentary allows us to hear anew the voice of the evangelist as it’s been born by the Holy Spirit down through the ages into our own life and time. Beautifully written, this volume will prove equally valuable for study or contemplation, preaching or prayer. Truly one of the exemplary works in this popular series.”—Scott Hahn, Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation, St. Vincent Seminary; professor of scripture and theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville

“If there are any lingering doubts about the wisdom of Brazos Press publishing a series of theological commentaries on the books of the Bible, David Lyle Jeffrey’s commentary on Luke will lay those doubts to rest. Jeffrey is at home in modern critical literature, he knows the church fathers and medieval interpreters, and he makes good use of the Reformers, most notably Calvin. He brightens the discussion with literary allusions and poems. He draws illuminating parallels from unexpected places in the scriptures. But what makes this commentary a delight to read is that Jeffrey is a close reader of the Gospel of Luke and on every page displays a serious effort to understand the sacred text in light of the church’s faith. A superb addition to the series.”—Robert Louis Wilken, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity emeritus, University of Virginia

“[The] Brazos Theological Commentary [on the Bible] has . . . offered a breath of fresh air to the sometimes stale academic air of commentaries. . . . I have often mined various commentaries, not looking for critical explanation of the text as much as some insight about a particular doctrine that emanates from it. Yet rarely do authors venture deeply into those issues. . . . The Brazos series (Luke in particular) is fundamentally different because these commentaries ‘are born out of the conviction that dogma clarifies rather than obscures.’ This, of course, does not mean there is no textual criticism—there is plenty—but paired with hard Greek work is also history, tradition, and theology. This makes the commentary not only a nice read, but a helpful tool for the teacher, preacher, scholar, and layperson. . . . Jeffrey’s training as a literary scholar shows through in his break down (and reading) of the text. . . . I found this refreshing because in taking a more canonical approach I felt further engrossed in the actual story of Scripture. . . . Jeffrey has a light effervescent style of engaging the text without being trifle. For those responsible for teaching this makes a ready resource for engaging illustrations. This is a great commentary series for its scholarship and unabashed emphasis on how scripture leads us into the sacred story of self-giving love. I would commend David Lyle Jeffrey’s volume on Luke in particular for those, especially in ministry, who are looking to dive deeper into the theological power of Luke.”—Jordan Kellicut, Englewood Review of Books

“This unique commentary series interprets the biblical text from a theological perspective in order to open up new vistas of meaning. . . . As a literary critic who is also attuned to biblical interpretation [Jeffrey] brings a special quality to this task. His approach is to read Luke’s gospel in the company of previous interpreters, ancient and modern. The end result is a beautiful exposition of Luke, blending in patristic comments and snatches of poetry along with medieval and modern interpretations of individual passages in the gospel. The format of the series does not include the text of the gospel itself, but the reader who follows through with this commentary in hand will be richly rewarded.”—Donald Senior, CP, The Bible Today


“This significant commentary kicks off the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible series, which will eventually grow to a library of 40 volumes. Unlike other commentaries that are written mostly by biblical scholars, these books will be penned by theologians interested in what the Bible has to say about enduring theological questions. . . . Pelikan asks big questions: what is sin? what were the earliest creeds? what is the nature of apostleship? He is sensitive to nuances of Greek but not obsessed by them. As such, this book will be helpful to preachers and, to a lesser extent, general readers who are sometimes flummoxed by more specialized and technical biblical commentaries.”–Publishers Weekly

“Brazos’s Theological Commentaries on the Bible, of which this is the first volume, will feature theologians commenting on scripture using ancient Christian sources. The result is a treasure both new and old, more akin to medieval gloss than historical-critical commentary. Yet it is also a resource for preachers, since its format is akin to that of a modern commentary. Pelikan, perhaps the greatest living church historian, can’t get out of the first chapter of Acts without providing short essays on Christ’s postresurrection teaching, the relationship between Israel’s and the church’s messianic expectation, and Mary as the mother of God.”–Christian Century

“Preachers and teachers particularly, but thoughtful Christians more generally, have long lamented the slide of biblical scholarship into hyperspecialized studies of ancient texts in remote contexts. This first volume of a projected series of more than thirty volumes is therefore to be warmly welcomed. . . . In addition to Pelikan, the authors in the series include such notable writers as Robert Louis Wilken and Robert Jenson. Most are not biblical scholars in that guild’s narrow definition but theologians, pastors, and historians whose work reflects a profound engagement with the biblical sources. The Pelikan volume on the Book of Acts sets a very high standard for a series that promises to make a historic contribution to understanding the Bible within the living tradition that is the Church. Warmly recommended.”–First Things

“This remarkable project is especially lucky in its inaugural volume on Acts of the Apostles by the noted historian of dogma, Jaroslav Pelikan. If the rest of the commentators live up to the high standard set by Pelikan . . . the series could end up marking a turning point in the history of biblical hermeneutics. . . . One finishes this marvelously lucid book not only excited at the prospect of future volumes, but also wondering if this series will be revolutionary in another sense: Could this be a set of commentaries on the Bible that people will actually read?”–Edward T. Oakes, S.J., First Things

“[An] ecumenical series useful to both pastors and academics.”–Christian Retailing

“Jaroslav Pelikan is a good choice to help launch a series like this. He moves through the Acts of the Apostles, commenting astutely on the theological implications of key passages.”–Donald Senior, CP, Bible Today

“[Acts] has all the marks of Pelikan’s scholarship: a close reading of the Greek text; a verse-by-verse commentary on that text studded with references to the great patristic commentators; and a constant eye on the theological and homiletical possibilities of the text itself, as well as its place in the liturgical life of the church both West and East.”—Lawrence S. Cunningham, America

“[Pelikan] ranges widely in the zone between what the text meant and what it means: taking his cue from Irenaeus, Origen, Augustine and Chrysostom, he is focused on what the text has been understood to mean. The editors could not have found a more qualified person to probe the thick pages of the history of interpretation and Christian doctrine. One might expect a wooden catalog of ancient comments . . . but Pelikan serves up richer fare. Drawing on a stunning array of theological writings, he looks beyond the text of Acts to themes and ultimately dogmas hovering over the text. . . . For many [readers], general editor Russ Reno’s vision for the Brazos series will be satisfied: ‘We must rehabilitate our exegetical imaginations.’”—James Howell, Christian Century

“Pelikan’s inaugural volume on Acts sets a high and honorable standard for the series. . . . The extended treatment of theological topoi permits Pelikan to narrate stories of church tradition, providing developed and insightful analogies between Acts and subsequent Christian history and thought. . . . Readers who follow Pelikan’s associative histories of Christian doctrine will find much to generate reflection on Acts as source for contemporary theology. . . . Pelikan’s interpretive focus on creeds and other church traditions results in an evocative network of conceptual associations, linking words and ideas in Acts to doctrines from church history. . . . The reader’s theological understanding of Acts is enriched by Pelikan’s successful effort to place Acts in theological conversation with centuries of Christian creeds and other rules of faith.”—John B. Weaver, Calvin Theological Journal

“Jaroslav Pelikan offers the first volume of the series, and has set a high standard for those who follow. Reading his commentary on Acts, you have the feeling of sitting in a classroom, hearing a wonderful lecture. Rather than a perfunctory listing of the grammatical constructions involved in each text, Pelikan comments on the grammar only when it interests him, and when he thinks it illuminating. Sometimes, this results in Pelikan producing a biblical tour-de-force. . . . At other times, Pelikan will move fluidly through church history. . . . The commentary is, like any truly good lecture, wonderfully random. This means, of course, that the Brazos series can in no way replace the traditional modern, technical commentary. . . . Having done that, though, you might be left wondering, ‘Is that all there is?’ You can now turn to the Brazos commentary and enter into a wider, and often more stimulating, discussion. . . . Pelikan makes for a good read and brings a lot to the table. With anticipation, we look forward to where the series may lead.”—Peter J. Scaer, Logia

“What Jaroslav Pelikan offers us . . . is neither a commentary nor a book of homilies, but rather a set of observations on what phrases and passages in Acts might remind us of in the later history of Christian doctrine. As a sampler of vintage Pelikan tidbits, it is a scintillating piece of work, a tour de force in the history of dogma, a kaleidoscope of brilliant reflections by a generous and faithful Christian scholar.”—Brian E. Daley, SJ, Pro Ecclesia

“The comments that Pelikan has to offer on each point are truly valuable, insightful, and clearly articulated, a masterful treatment from a true master of his discipline. . . . [The series editors] have invited a diverse range of theologians and historians of theology to this project: We await with anticipation the wide range of offerings that are sure to emerge.”—John Behr, Pro Ecclesia

“The editors of the new Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible could not have found a more distinguished and erudite author for the initial volume in this ambitious new series. . . . Because of Pelikan’s enormous erudition, simply reading the book is an education in Christian history. . . . The book is a treasure-house of learned overviews of church history, combined with fascinating tidbits of information ancient and modern. . . . With its numerous artfully crafted mini-essays on doctrinal history, the commentary is best savored if taken in small, nourishing bites.”—C. Kavin Rowe, Pro Ecclesia

“One can hardly imagine a better contributor [to the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible] than Jaroslav Pelikan. Pelikan’s theological commentary on the Acts of the Apostles is a fascinating peregrination through the history of Christian thought. . . . Pelikan offer[s] a very selective verse-by-verse theological commentary on Acts that supplements the primary focus of the volume: a series of theological excurses covering a broad range of loci communes. If such is the theological journey one seeks, one would be hard pressed to find a better guide. . . . The great strength of this commentary derives from Pelikan’s vast knowledge. It is hardly hyperbolic to suggest that he was without peer in his understanding of the history of Christian tradition. Moreover, it is fascinating to follow along as Pelikan brings the Acts of the Apostles into conversation with the subsequent theology of the church. . . . Pelikan’s emphasis on theological exegesis in general, and on Orthodox theological exegesis in particular, renders this an important and helpful resource, particularly for scholars. . . . An excellent theological companion to other, more conventional biblical commentaries, showing the ways in which Acts might be viewed in relation to a variety of doctrinal positions.”—John F. B. Miller, Review of Biblical Literature

“Pelikan launches a potentially significant commentary series. . . . This book has the confidence to be quite unlike other commentaries on Acts. . . . The value of this commentary is its boldness . . . in relating doctrine and scripture. . . . Pelikan’s volume robustly demonstrates what reading enlivened by tradition and dogma can look like. It is a timely invitation to the church and the academy to question both the artificially erected barriers between doctrine and scripture and the anxiously maintained gaps between ‘then’ and ‘now.’”—Angus Paddison, International Journal of Systematic Theology

“The significance of these commentaries and the series [they] inaugurate [is] manifold, because they promise not only to serve as a means for sifting the wheat and chaff of much recently accumulated hermeneutical theory but also to offer the commentary a place at the theological table it has had difficulty attaining in modernism. . . . [Acts] is a tour de force of the history of doctrine, as Pelikan draws in his lifetime to remark upon a vast panoply of subjects.”—Steven J. Koskie, Journal of Theological Interpretation

“This is a new commentary series with an exciting idea: theological interpretation! While that should not be anything new, it is refreshing to see with an ecumenical cast of commentators. . . . Each chapter of Acts, in addition to brief textual commentary, also has three theological topics. . . . [This] was exceptionally helpful. . . . Near the end of the commentary text itself, Pelikan provides a very useful chart that gives references in Acts for recipients of Pauline letters from Romans to 1–2 Timothy, excluding Colossians, Titus, and Philemon.”—Liturgy, Hymnody, & Pulpit Quarterly Book Review

“The commentary serves as a rich storehouse of information on historical theology, providing [Pelikan] with the opportunity to expound on the intersections of Acts with the major teachings of the church. . . . The book will be of great value to all who are interested in the reception history of Acts and in theological interpretation of biblical texts.”—Shelly Matthews, Catholic Biblical Quarterly

“This is a most unusual commentary—quite clearly the product of Pelikan’s distinguished academic career and his personal ‘return’ (as he put it) to the Orthodox Church. . . . The living presence of the tradition is this commentary’s greatest strength. By allowing the doctors of the church to speak freely, Pelikan reminds us of the profound insights of the ancient church and helps to liberate us from what C. S. Lewis called ‘chronological snobbery.’. . . This book is thoroughly Pelikan’s work, and some of the sections of theological commentary demonstrate his theological and historical insight. . . . His best reflections are also the most unexpected. . . . Pelikan has left us with a work of impressive scholarship and ecclesial fidelity. His commentary on Acts is a promising start to what I expect will be a landmark commentary series. In this rich and detailed text, Pelikan has given new meaning to the words of Chrysostom, ‘Paul is sailing even now with us.’”—David W. Congdon, Princeton Theological Review

“This project is generating lively debate. . . . Listening to this conversation may help clarify important hermeneutical issues that continue to live within the Reformed theological community. The relationship between ‘biblical theology’ and ‘systematic theology’ could certainly be clarified with the help of this effort. Fortifying the relationship between the theological academy and the church could be another dividend. And recovering the role of the church’s regula fidei within exegesis may well be a third benefit. . . . The entire enterprise of restoring theological exegesis to its rightful place deserves our attention. This volume illustrates for us much of its promise.”—Nelson D. Kloosterman, Mid-America Journal of Theology

“The inaugural volume of the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible sets a brave precedent for the rest of the series. . . . The commentator regards the Biblical text in the light of two millennia of Church teachings as well as scholarly textual analysis, and the result is unlike anything published within recent memory. . . . Excellent cross-references and helpful footnotes simplify study, whether for scholarship or devotion. Series editor R. R. Reno of Creighton University could have found no better author for this volume than Pelikan, whose familiarity with the history of Christian tradition is encyclopedic and, as important, apparent in his own life. Given his background, Pelikan’s forceful claims for canon law and the necessity of the Magisterium in interpreting Scripture are special delights. This book evinces again Brazos’ growing reputation for high quality. Pelikan’s Acts and future volumes in the series will become essential for all seminary and academic libraries. This reasonably priced book will be welcome[d] by priests, students, and interested laity.”—Daniel Boice, Catholic Library World

“Any new book by Jaroslav Pelikan is an automatic read for me. I cannot think of another writer whose erudition in the service of the church fires my mind and soul more than him. . . . [Acts] exemplifies his hearty and unapologetic embrace of Christian orthodoxy. . . . Whether treating matters of history, theology, rhetoric, philology, the Greek and Roman classics, textual variants, creeds, councils, art, music, and the early mothers and fathers of the church, Pelikan displays a deft and judicious touch, an eloquent writing style, a staggering command of the sources, and a sensitivity for ‘the predicament of the Christian historian’. . . who must abide by the canons of his discipline while not suppressing his own vibrant faith commitment.”–Daniel B. Clendenin, journeywithjesus.net

“This commentary series is designed to be unique; and certainly, Acts is like no other modern scholarly commentary. . . . Pelikan [is] . . . probably the most well-respected Church history professor in the academic world. . . . As one would expect knowing Pelikan’s career and is evidence in the theological discussions, he is very aware of doctrinal nuances in the Lutheran, Reformed, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox traditions. . . . I personally enjoyed reading Acts due to the early Church and Eastern Orthodox emphases.”–Robert J. Cara, Reformation21

The Pastoral Epistles with Philemon & Jude

“Risto Saarinen’s commentary on the Pastoral Epistles, Philemon, and Jude does an excellent job of mediating the insights of recent large-scale works in a readable exposition that concentrates on theology, bringing in from time to time the contributions of such expositors as Chrysostom and Calvin. Helpful appendices and excursuses break new ground in situating the letters within the context of ancient teachings on moderation, mental disorders, and generosity, and the author’s background in Scandinavian Lutheranism affords a fresh perspective. Saarinen is not uncritical of what he sees as the Pastor’s misogynism and argues that following literally his tendency to accommodate church practice to contemporary social standards may achieve today the opposite effect from what was intended. His hermeneutical approach in terms of theological subjects and elucidatory predicates offers a fresh entry into the teaching of Jude. This is a stimulating study that helpfully and sympathetically challenges some traditionalist approaches without being the last word on the subject.”—I. Howard Marshall, University of Aberdeen

“[T]his is neither a standard historical-critical commentary nor an ordinary monograph in systematic theology. Saarinen sees the Pastoral Epistles as late first-century compositions by someone seeking to defend Paul’s legacy. . . . One aim of the series is to provide ‘experiments in postcritical doctrinal interpretation’ so that we might ‘rehabilitate our exegetical imaginations.’ Anyone interested in such a project will find this commentary rich in erudition and insight.”—Patrick Gray, Religious Studies Review

“The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible is a grand experiment in theological hermeneutics. . . . Saarinen’s commentary is a lively interplay of theological reflection and biblical exegesis. . . . He catches a lot, and he is clearly going somewhere as he moves along. Saarinen knows his endgame strategy as well as his opening gambits. The endgame, in this case, involves a few theoretical novelties. These are summarized in three important appendixes. . . . Appendix A offers reflections on the ‘moderation of emotion.’. . . Appendix B fascinates, for it examines the theme of ‘mental disorders.’. . . Given the close connection between extreme doctrines and mental disorder in the modern world, Saarinen’s reflections on the topic are worthy of sustained attention. For those hoping to read more of Saarinen on giving and the gift, Appendix C does not disappoint. . . . The commentary may whet readers’ appetites for further reading in contemporary phenomenology and theology of the gift. Finally, since many preachers and teachers are looking for exemplary expositions of ‘difficult’ texts in the Scriptures, it is worth noting that Saarinen offers one of the most exemplary readings of 1 Tim 2:8–15 (How Men and Women Should Behave) this reviewer has ever read.”—Clint Schnekloth, Word & World

“[Saarinen’s] whole commentary not only fleshes out Jude (‘the most neglected book in the New Testament’) a bit further: it also gives extensive treatment on four pauline epistles. . . . Saarinen manages to treat each book on its own terms, which makes for rewarding reading. . . . What he makes of the pastorals—which have often been maligned for somehow losing the tonic focus on christology in the certainly-pauline letters—goes a long way toward redeeming their value for the serious business of theology two thousand years later.”—lutheranforum.org

1 & 2 Peter

“No theologian over the past decade has been more concerned to articulate the apocalyptic heart of the gospel faithfully than Doug Harink. In this commentary, Harink brings that concern to bear on the message of 1 & 2 Peter. The result is a passionate book that allows Peter to take his place alongside Paul as an apostle of God’s world-transforming apocalypse in Jesus Christ. By way of insightful and provocative engagement with Petrine scholarship, contemporary theology, and critical theory, Harink brings the message of Peter into challenging conversation with the Constantinianism of contemporary North American culture. To those who feel acutely the weight of living as ‘exiles of the Diaspora’ in our culture today, the words of Harink’s book will break forth as an indispensable, powerful witness to the decisive and liberating grace alone by which we live into the ‘holiness and godliness’ that Peter names as a sign of the coming new creation in Christ.”—Nathan R. Kerr, author of Christ, History and Apocalyptic: The Politics of Christian Mission; assistant professor of theology and philosophy, Trevecca Nazarene University

“Doug Harink’s commentary on the Petrine epistles aptly demonstrates the guiding principle of the series to which this volume belongs: ‘dogma clarifies rather than obscures.’ While paying close attention to the biblical text, Harink also opens up for the reader interconnected vistas in patristics, speculative theology, ethics, politics, philosophy, and aesthetics, as well as ‘some of the treasures of Orthodoxy.’ The book is especially helpful in that it speaks to the generalist while also refusing to back off from some of the more controversial passages in these biblical books. Even where the reader does not agree, he or she will not be bored!”—Edith M. Humphrey, William F. Orr Professor of New Testament, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

“This is an example of theological interpretation of scripture at its best. Harink combines close attention to the text with thoughtful theological reflection. He is aware of various historical-critical issues but does not allow them to distract from the theological concerns he brings to these letters. Moreover, his generous engagement with a variety of theological traditions invites all Christians to look at these oft-neglected epistles afresh.”—Stephen E. Fowl, professor of theology, Loyola College in Maryland

“This volume on 1 & 2 Peter by Douglas Harink vindicates the concept of the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible in one stroke. We are happily back in the company of the premodern interpreters, but—let this be noted—Origen, Augustine, Calvin, and their contemporaries are called upon by Harink to serve in one of the most immediately relevant, ethically rigorous, politically significant, and hermeneutically wide-ranging treatments of New Testament texts to appear on the postmodern landscape. There will be opposition to this enterprise, but preachers of the gospel should make no mistake—this is the real deal.”—Fleming Rutledge, author of Not Ashamed of the Gospel and The Bible and the New York Times

“An outstanding, illuminating, impressive example of a commentary written in the canonical mode. Harink demonstrates the possibility of composing a commentary ancient in style, but contemporary in its cultural frame. This commentary displays instructive subtlety and scope in braiding scriptural, patristic, Reformation, modern, and postmodern wisdom together with the texts of 1 and 2 Peter, for the sake of the church, and therefore for the sake of the world.”—A. K. M. Adam, lecturer in New Testament, University of Glasgow

“[Harink] writes here in a theological commentary series. That must be understood as one reads this commentary, for it is just what it intends to be—a theological commentary, not an exegetical commentary. . . . That allows Harink to jump right into each book with its first verse and briskly to start to unravel the theological threads. I find the approach rather refreshing, for it quickly reveals major themes that are often unwittingly obscured in the detail of the major exegetical commentaries. . . . Nor is this work devoid of cultural and exegetical observations. . . . As long as readers understand the perspective of this work and its limitations, they will find here a rich theological reflection.”—Peter H. Davids, Catholic Biblical Quarterly

“A good commentator of the biblical texts is expected to be well acquainted on the one hand with the original languages, their grammar, and the meanings of words, phrases, and idioms of those languages, and on the other with the context and language of the target audience. Douglas Harink masterfully combines these qualities with his insightful works of Euro-American scholars who have examined the two letters bearing the name of Peter. His christological orientation, his commitment to the ministry of the church, and his deep desire to serve the people are evident throughout this commentary. . . . Every student of theology will benefit from engaging with this commentary.”—Daniel Jeyaraj, Theological Book Review

“A good theological exposition, often bringing in the thoughts of systematicians and ethicists in a helpful way, as well as making pointed application.”—Ray Van Neste, Preaching


“Another lucidly written, theologically profound volume in what is emerging as a great commentary series. Mangina shows that Revelation is not an otherworldly book; it is a prophetic challenge and source of wisdom addressed to the church in this and every age. His learned study draws on centuries of theological thought (and also artistic interpretations), yet it is filled with fresh and often surprising insights. Mangina’s work is useful—even inspiring—for contemporary theology and ministry.”—Ellen F. Davis, A. R. Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke University Divinity School

“Mangina leads his readers Beatrice-like through the strange topography of the Apocalypse, helping us to rediscover it as a place where heaven traffics with earth, and imaginations conspire to tell the truth of the God of the gospel. Such deft theological reading should embolden preachers in our day to proclaim John’s unsettling vision for what it is—a vivid witness to Jesus Christ fit to console, admonish, and summon the church amidst God’s remaking of the world.”—Philip Ziegler, senior lecturer in systematic theology, University of Aberdeen

“Neither a book of resentment nor a symbolic work that needs decoding, Revelation is presented here as an ‘apocalyptic haggadah.’ Mangina’s splendid commentary offers a rich theological interpretation drawing on liturgy, hymnody, creeds, and artistic depictions that invite us not only into the book of Revelation but also into the life of its true author, the Holy Trinity.”—D. Stephen Long, professor of systematic theology, Marquette University

“Joseph Mangina has sat patiently with every twist and turn in the Apocalypse. Drawing on conversation partners as diverse as Tolkien, Dylan, and Bonhoeffer, Mangina has produced a fine, rich commentary, one that not only instructs us about the Apocalypse but also urges us to listen to this vision as never before.”—Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Helen H. P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis, Princeton Theological Seminary

“This well-written, literate, and illuminating commentary on a classically obscure text is at once theologically astute and ecclesiastically upbuilding—a rare combination indeed. I gladly commend it to scholars and teachers, preachers and laypeople alike.”—Travis Kroeker, professor of religion, McMaster University

“In this richly rewarding commentary, Mangina keeps his eye trained on the most important question we can ask about Revelation: how is this weirdest, most beguiling biblical book about the Triune God?”—Lauren F. Winner, assistant professor of Christian spirituality, Duke Divinity School

“We have many splendid commentaries already on Revelation—do we need another one? Mangina’s fine work elicits an emphatic ‘yes!’ His wide-ranging literary imagination and deep grounding in the apocalyptic worldview of New Testament theology has resulted in an astonishingly fresh presentation. This superb commentary will stimulate the best thinking of preachers and pastors, especially those who take a lively interest in the intersection of biblical theology and geopolitics. Highly recommended.”—Fleming Rutledge, author of The Bible and the New York Times and The Undoing of Death

“A good supplemental text. In keeping with its series, this commentary focuses on theological exposition with an eye for how the church has understood this book through the ages. For Revelation this historical awareness is especially helpful.”—Ray Van Neste, Preaching

“The unique feature of the Brazos series is to have theologians provide exposition of specific biblical books. In this it follows a longstanding church tradition in which theology was drawn from Scripture and was not alien to or estranged from it. Mangina . . . provides a thoughtful and competent analysis of th[e] complex New Testament book [of Revelation]. He certainly engages biblical scholarship, but his focus is appropriately on the fundamental theological perspective of Revelation, which he sees as a radically christological focus. . . . His focus on the radical theological nature of this NT book is welcome.”—Donald Senior, CP, The Bible Today

“A clear and balanced treatment of the Johannine material, written in a style that is readable and at times hortatory. . . . Mangina’s work contributes positively to the study of Revelation. He highlights the teaching of John with freshness, and he does so succinctly and yet comprehensively. His book should assist any student of this exciting document to shed further light on its perpetually engaging content.”—Stephen S. Smalley, Expository Times

“Few commentaries are likely to be read from cover to cover, but Mangina’s stimulating volume on Revelation is surely one. Drawing on a rich variety of sources, including the best of biblical scholarship, insights from early and modern theologians, [and] the works of poets and painters, the author not only teaches about Revelation but draws the reader into its apocalyptic world from beginning to end. . . . Few commentaries bear out the message of Revelation in a more lucid way than this one. It is filled with fresh insights and can be warmly recommended to pastors and students, laypeople and scholars alike.”—Daniel Johansson, Theological Book Review

“The reader will find some rich treatments of both Christology and theology (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) throughout the exposition, and will add to one’s appreciation of the depth of John’s incursion into the Holy.”—Walter M. Dunnett, Anglican Theological Review

“Mangina integrates ideas from biblical scholars with his formidable erudition as a theologian. . . . He offers fresh and compelling readings. . . . This commentary will prove extraordinarily helpful for public interpreters. . . . Mangina daringly connects critical interpretation and faith at levels many biblical scholars hesitate to explore. . . . A creative, passionate, and insightful commentary.”—Greg Carey, Catholic Biblical Quarterly