The Fortress Commentary on the Bible: Old Testament and Apocrypha presents a balanced synthesis of current scholarship, enabling readers to interpret Scripture for a complex and pluralistic world. The contributors bring a rich diversity of perspectives to the task of connecting solid historical critical analysis of the Scripture with sensitivity to theological, cultural, and interpretive issues arising in our encounter with the text. The contributors represent a broad array of theological commitment—Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and others.
“By contrast, with an unknown author and a division into six books that differ greatly in design and style, the books of Joshua, Judges, 1-2 Samuel, and 1-2 Kings might easily be judged to constitute three separate books. The transition from Joshua to Judges and from Judges to 1 Samuel is abrupt, whereas the four volumes of Samuel and Kings flow seamlessly into one another. Chronicles stands apart as a briefer reinterpretation and supplement to the longer work.” (Page 278)
“Exodus is an anthology of liturgy, law, and epic lore from many different periods of Israel’s history” (Page 137)
“The second level, ‘The Text in the Interpretive Tradition” (Page 2)
“Its message is a serious one for modern readers. Whatever is powerful is also dangerous; whatever can protect us can also be a threat. Any tendency to treat God as a possession or, indeed, to use him as a weapon or as a threat against others is likely to have consequences that no one will enjoy.” (Page 366)
“The third level, ‘The Text in Contemporary Discussion,’ follows the history of interpretation into the present” (Page 3)