There are some exciting things in store for the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary (EEC) series this year. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect in 2017.
New print volumes
In Esther, Anthony Tomasino closely examines the Hebrew text to explore the motifs of feasting, sovereignty, assertiveness, and reversal in the book of Esther. Through his careful study, the true message of this familiar story is revealed. John Walton calls Esther his “top pick” for a commentary on Esther. See what else he had to say about this volume:
Tomasino’s treatment of the book of Esther is discerning, judicious, balanced, nuanced and, because of all that, eminently useful to scholar as well as pastor. All readers will find enlightening and informative observations and analysis that will enhance their study. From detailed treatment of the Hebrew text to attention to the theological and devotional implications of the text, there is something here for everyone. This is now my top pick for an evangelical commentary on Esther.
—John H. Walton, professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College
The digital edition of Exodus was so huge, we had to split the print edition into two volumes! In his magnum opus, Eugene Carpenter analyzes the Hebrew text to trace the important themes throughout Exodus. Carpenter also demonstrates how Exodus interacts with the rest of the Old Testament and offers suggestions for applying Exodus to the church. Here’s what Wayne McCown had to say about these valuable volumes:
Eugene Carpenter’s magnum opus is impressive in its scholarly breadth and depth. This commentary highlights the history and theology of Exodus. In Dr. Carpenter’s view, these two are mixed inseparably: ‘History cannot be scuttled in Exodus; it is part of the texture and matrix of theological truth.’
—Dr. Wayne McCown, provost emeritus, Roberts Wesleyan College, and founding dean emeritus, Northeastern Seminary
We’ve recently received the manuscript for Philippians by Mark Keown and we’re in the midst of preparing it for publication. Like Exodus, the print edition of Philippians will be split into two volumes. To whet your appetite, here’s a brief excerpt from the section on Phil 2:5–11:
In the OT, ethics is rooted in imitation of God’s character, as seen in the Levitical refrain ‘be holy, for I am holy’ (Lev 11:44, 45). This idea of emulation of God is not absent from the NT (e.g., Matt 5:48; Luke 6:36; Eph 5:1; 1 Pet 1:16). However, as this passage powerfully demonstrates, the NT, and Paul in particular, develops this primarily toward emulation of Jesus Christ and the pattern of his life (1 Cor 11:1; Rom 15:3; 2 Cor 8:9; Eph 5:1). Christ is the incarnation of the character of God who has demonstrated in the mess of human existence what living for God looks like. This passage, read within the context of Philippians, forms the epicenter of biblical ethics, laying out Jesus’ life as ethical pattern to be emulated. This is not slavish imitation of Jesus in literal terms, but lives shaped and formed around his selflessness and service.
We’re very excited to get this new volume into your hands.
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