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Der »Kritisch-exegetische Kommentar« in seiner Geschichte

Der Kritisch-exegetische Kommentar zum Neuen Testament (KEK) wurde von Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer im Jahr 1829 begründet. Bis heute wird dieser Kommentar noch unter dessen Namen als »Meyers Kommentar« geführt. Das Kommentarwerk bietet zunächst ausschließlich von Meyer, später dann von seinen Mitarbeitern, bald dann von Mitgliedern der Religionsgeschichtlichen Schule und der Dialektischen Theologie bis heute in 16 Abteilungen grundlegende Kommentare zur Auslegung der neutestamentlichen Schriften. Theologisch bewegt sich das Kommentarwerk in Korrespondenz zur jeweiligen Theologiegeschichte (Rationalismus, Philologie, Religionsgeschichte, Kerygmatheologie). Kennzeichen des Kommentarwerks ist jedoch eine sich durchhaltende philologische und religionsgeschichtliche Akzentuierung. Unter den Kommentaren, die stets nur auf einen einzigen Band zu einer Schrift festgelegt waren, befinden sich theologische Meisterwerke wie Rudolf Bultmanns Kommentar zum Johannesevangelium oder wie Wilhelm Boussets Kommentar zur Johannesoffenbarung. Das vorliegende Werk zeichnet die Geschichte des KEK, seiner Autoren und seiner Beziehung zum Verlagshaus Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht von seinen Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart nach und bespricht die wechselvolle Auslegung der neutestamentlichen Schriften.

This volume is available in North America from ISD.

I love this book. I love everything about it. I love the introductory section, with its important and engaging biography of Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer, the founder and grand designer of the commentary series which is here celebrated in a glorious historical survey. I love the chapter by Arndt Ruprecht, of the famous V&R publishing house, and his description of how this series came to life and the Publisher’s part in that process.

The second segment of the book, the largest part, is a historical survey of the various volumes which have appeared in KEK NT edited by Meyer.

The third segment of the volume is an ‘appendix’ – though much more than merely that – which provides readers with what can best be characterized as a Reception-History of the series and its manifestation in both German and English editions.

The final segment of the ‘appendix’ is a series of plates which feature both leading persons and facsimiles of pages from the various commentaries which have appeared in the series. Two of those plates are especially noteworthy:

So much for the format of the volume- but what of the substance of the work? It is a historical study as implied above. Moreover, it is a historical examination of one of the most important commentaries in the history of New Testament exegesis.

Allow me to illustrate the method of the volume by making reference to the Romans Commentary. Michael Theobold is the scholar assigned the task of surveying the various incarnations and editions of the examination of Paul’s letter to the Romans. To do so he surveys the chief viewpoints of the Commentary’s authors, he surveys the various interpretations of the ‘Gattung und Aufbau, Veranlassung und Zweck’ of the letter to the Romans as those are made plain in the various editions. And then he turns to how the various editions have dealt with the more difficult questions raised by crux passages in Romans and the interpretation of Romans through the decades of the commentary’s life. And finally, he looks forward to potential issues that future editions will need to address.

Mind you, however, that this approach is not applied ‘cookie cutter’ style to each of the New Testament commentaries discussed in this volume. Rather, the subject matter and issues of each volume are the starting point for the historical analysis of each work.

The chief accomplishment, then, of this book is that it provides in one handy place a well reasoned ‘history of New Testament scholarship’ or how New Testament scholars have addressed different issues that have arisen in the examination and exposition of the New Testament texts since the beginning of critical scholarship.

I love this book not only because it’s interesting, but because it’s informative. It is well written. It is glorious. It is, as a consequence, highly recommended.

If You’re in Zurich, Go Hear Ben Sommer

October 15th, 2018, 14:15-15:45, 
Theologisches Seminar, Kirchgasse 9, 8001 Zurich, Room 21:
From Confidence to Confusion: Structure and Meaning in Psalm 27

October 15th, 2018, 18:15-19:45, 
Theologisches Seminar, Kirchgasse 9, 8001 Zurich, Room 200:
The Maturing of Positive Historical Judaism: The Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminaries and in Conservative Judaism

On Those Who Leave The Christian Faith Because of ‘Christians’

Signs of the Times

Reading the Bible as an Asian Christian

Our newest faculty colleague!

HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College eNews

Ming Hua is delighted to welcome Dr Stephen Lim to the College’s Faculty.

Dr Lim is teaching Advanced Biblical Exegesis for the Master of Theology programme, after recently completing his PhD on Asian Biblical Hermeneutics at King’s College London.

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The Role of Women in the Church

Worth reading!

HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College eNews

Catherine

The Revd Catherine Graham reflects on the importance of women’s ministry

The vocation of men and women, both lay and ordained, is crucial to God’s mission and the ministry of the Church. As the people of God, we are called to be ‘agents of transformation’ individually and collectively.

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Just a Reminder that Creflo Dollar is a Reprehensible Heretic

‘If anyone preaches another gospel, which is not a gospel at all, to you, let him be damned.’ –  St. Paul, to the Galatians.

People Prefer The Lie

Before God and before Christ Jesus who is to be judge of the living and the dead, I charge you, in the name of his appearing and of his kingdom:  proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it. Refute falsehood, correct error, give encouragement — but do all with patience and with care to instruct.

The time is sure to come when people will not accept sound teaching, but their ears will be itching for anything new and they will collect themselves a whole series of teachers according to their own tastes; and then they will shut their ears to the truth and will turn to myths.  But you must keep steady all the time; put up with suffering; do the work of preaching the gospel; fulfil the service asked of you. (2 Tim. 4:1-5)

That’s Not how Real Presidents Act

Trump tweeted-

You don’t hand matches to an arsonist, and you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob. Democrats have become too EXTREME and TOO DANGEROUS to govern. Republicans believe in the rule of law – not the rule of the mob. VOTE REPUBLICAN!

Real Presidents unite, they don’t divide. They are the President of all the people, not just the people in their party.

Trump is not, by his own admission here, the President of the United States. He is only the President of Republicans.