Tag Archives: Commentaries

This Time the Free Commentary from Logos is Achtemeier’s 1 Peter

Great book.


Isaiah 5:7 and Puns in Hebrew

Since I’m presently working on Isaiah for the series it’s only natural that I’d wind up in Chapter 5 with it’s stunningly beautiful pun

לְמִשְׁפָּט֙ וְהִנֵּ֣ה מִשְׂפָּ֔ח לִצְדָקָ֖ה וְהִנֵּ֥ה צְעָקָֽה׃

God looked for justice (mishpat) but only saw oppression (mispach). God looked for righteousness (tzedakah) and instead he heard an outcry of pain (tz’acha).

This pun is virtually impossible to render in English. The Common English Bible tries, but meets the same resistance as every other rendition has-

God expected justice, but there was bloodshed; righteousness, but there was a cry of distress!

The REB is essentially the same. What this shows, it seems to me, is that the rendition of puns from one language to another is excessively difficult. Perhaps translators, and especially commentators, should indicate the pun in transliteration in a footnote or in their comments so that readers of English can at least have some sense of the beauty and brilliance of the underlying original.

Luke Timothy Johnson’s Hebrews Commentary on Sale (via Theological Musings)

LTJ is a fine scholar and a very nice person. I’ve not seen this volume but if Cliff recommends it, it’s surely worth reading.

Luke Timothy Johnson's Hebrews Commentary on Sale I happened to stop by ChristianBook.com and noticed that they were having a sale on some commentaries. One of these commentaries is Luke Johnson’s excellent commentary on Hebrews. While it normally lists for $50, CBD has it on sale for the unbelievable price of $12.99. So I suggest that you take your Starbucks money for the week and save it to buy this excellent commentary. You will thank me later. … Read More

via Theological Musings

The Evangelical Exegetical Commentary

I learned today of a new commentary series whose first volumes should be available next year but which folk may want to learn of now so as to keep an eye out for them.

The Evangelical Exegetical Commentary is a brand new, 44-volume commentary series which incorporates the latest critical biblical scholarship and is written from a distinctly evangelical perspective.  The EEC is the next standard commentary on the entire Bible for evangelicals. Now, a new generation of pastors, students, and scholars will turn to the EEC for expert commentary from the leading scholars on the Bible.

You can see the list of contributors here.  And you can preorder the entire series here.