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The International Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament (IECOT) offers a multi-perspectival interpretation of the books of the Old Testament to a broad, international audience of scholars, laypeople and pastors. Biblical commentaries too often reflect the fragmented character of contemporary biblical scholarship, where different geographical or methodological sub-groups of scholars pursue specific methodologies and theories with little engagement of alternative approaches. This series, published in English and German editions, brings together editors and authors from North America, Europe, and Israel with multiple exegetical perspectives.

From the outset the goal has been to publish a series that was “international, ecumenical and contemporary.” The international character is reflected in the composition of an editorial board with members from six countries and commentators representing a even broader diversity of scholarly contexts. The ecumenical dimension is reflected in at least two ways. First, both the editorial board and the list of authors includes scholars with a variety of religious perspectives, both Christian and Jewish. Second, the commentary series not only includes volumes on books in the Jewish Tanakh/Protestant Old Testament, but also other books recognized as canonical parts of the Old Testament by diverse Christian confessions (thus including the Deuterocanonical Old Testament books).

When it comes to “contemporary,” one central distinguishing feature of this series is its attempt to bring together two broad families of perspectives in analysis of biblical books, perspectives often described as “synchronic” and “diachronic” and all too often understood as incompatible with each other. Historically, diachronic studies arose in Europe, while some of the better known early synchronic studies originated in North America and Israel. Nevertheless, historical studies have continued to be pursued around the world, and focused synchronic work has been done in an ever greater variety of settings. Building on these developments, the International Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament aims to bring synchronic and diachronic methods into closer alignment, allowing these approaches to work in a complementary and mutually-informative rather than antagonistic manner.

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  • Integrates synchronic and diachronic research on the Old Testament in a way that is complementary informative
  • Brings together a wide group of interpretive communities for Old Testament research and scholarship
  • Provides thoughtful exegesis from a variety of perspectives for a broad audience of students, pastors, laypeople, and scholars
  • German edition available as Internationaler Exegetischer Kommentar zum Alten Testament (4 Bde.)

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Exodus 1-15

  • Authors: Helmut Utzschneider and Wolfgang Oswald
  • Translator: Philip Sumpter
  • Publisher: Kohlhammer
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 360

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This commentary interprets the first part of the book of Exodus through Exodus 15:21. It features two approaches. On the one hand, the commentary interprets the final form of the traditional Hebrew text "synchronically" by means of form criticism and modern literary methods. On the other hand, it "diachronically" reconstructs the predecessors of the final form, from its origins in an exodus composition that opposes political domination to the text's final form as a dramatic narrative about the transfer of sovereignty from the Pharaoh to the God of Israel. Concluding syntheses examine the relationship between these two interpretive approaches while adding reflections on traditional and contemporary concerns.

Dr. Helmut Utzschneider is professor emeritus of Old Testament at the Augustana Hochschule Neuendettelsau.

Dr. Wolfgang Oswald is associate professor of Old Testament at the University of Tübingen.

1 Esdras

  • Author: Dieter Böhler
  • Translator: Translator
  • Publisher: Kohlhammer
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 260

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1 Esdras is an alternative version of the book of Ezra-Nehemiah in the Septuagint. Most Eastern Orthodox churches accord the book canonical status. This is the first commentary on 1 Esdras based on the critical text of the Göttingen Septuagint edition. It understands 1 Esdras not simply as a fragment of the Chronistic history or as merely a compilation, but rather as a coherent narrative. Its interpretation as a literary work and the reconstruction of its composition take into account both the historical backgrounds of the narrative setting of the Persian period and the historical location of the composition in the Hasmonaean period. 1 Esdras is currently enjoying a period of renewed attention in scholarship. Its relationship to Ezra-Nehemiah is seen as a prime example of literary-historical developments in Israel.

Prof. Dr. Dieter Böhler teaches Exegesis of the Old Testament at the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt.

Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah

  • Author: Walter Dietrich
  • Translator: Peter Altmann
  • Publisher: Kohlhammer
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 286

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The distinctiveness of this commentary lies in its consistent rotation between synchronic and diachronic views. This double perspective is directed toward the three prophetic books as a single entity, toward each individual book, and toward the interpretation of each pericope. The result is a sophisticated picture, on the one hand of the structure and intention of the texts in their final form, and on the other hand of their compositional history - from the second half of the 7th century to the late Old Testament period. Each exegetical section opens with a precise, text-critically supported translation and finishes with a synthesis that attempts to make note of the lasting insights from each text and the most important results of the analysis.

Dr. Walter Dietrich, professor emeritus, taught Old Testament at the University of Berne.

Zechariah 9-14

  • Author: Paul L. Redditt
  • Publisher: Kohlhammer
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 168

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Paul L. Redditt's commentary on Zechariah 9-14 argued that these six chapters of Old Testament prophecy consists of four collections of traditional eschatological hope (9:1-17; 10:3b-12; 12:1-4a, 5, 8-9; and 14:1-13, 14b-21). Of the collections, the first three included hopes vital during the first half of the Persian period. The fourth collection (chapter 14) seems to have arisen later than the other three (though still before the time of Nehemiah) and expressed much more pessimism. These variations were then supplemented by a collection (12:6-7; 12:10-13:6) that is pro-Judean vis-à-vis Jerusalem and by the shepherd materials, which contradict the hopes of the first two collections. This final stage probably arose after the time of Nehemiah, i. e. after the city grew strong enough to raise the ire of Judeans outside the power structure. It is plausible to conclude, therefore, that the redactor of Zechariah 9-14 assembled the four collections and revised them by means of the supplements in 12:6-7, 12:10-13:6 and the shepherd materials.

Prof. Dr. Paul L. Redditt is professor emeritus at Georgetown College, Kentucky.


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  1. Robert Luff

    Robert Luff


    Will there be an option to buy these volumes individually? At $50 per volume, I would not buy the apocryphal volume.


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