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Hermeneia Upgrade 3 (3 vols.)

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Unique, authoritative, indispensable, Hermeneia has—in a generation—produced many of the most influential and informative English-language Bible commentaries. Designed for the serious student of the Bible, each volume in the Hermeneia series aims to lay bare the ancient meaning of a biblical work and utilizes the full range of philological and historical tools. The aim of each volume is to provide a critical discussion of each problem of interpretation and the primary data on which the discussion is based. The authors make full use of ancient Semitic and classical languages along with English translations of all comparative materials.

Now, Logos is pleased to offer this upgrade collection, which features the three most recent releases! This collection includes the commentary on 2 Chronicles, 2 Maccabees, and Luke 19:28–24:53. Anchored by a renowned board of editors, the monumental Hermeneia project has, over the last 40 years, produced some of the most authoritative and influential commentaries on the Bible. These latest volumes are no exception.

As a critical commentary series, Hermeneia includes many discussions of the original language texts, and plenty of references to standard lexicons such as BDAG and reference grammars such as BDF. In the electronic edition, you can double-click a word in its original language to look it up in a lexicon you may own. And specific citations of lexicons, non-canonical texts, and other works in your library are hotspots—just click to open up the cited work to the passage or article cited!

Looking for the entire series? Hermeneia and Continental Commentaries (68 vols.) is available!

  • Careful text-critical work by the leading scholars in the field
  • Use of extra-biblical sources
  • Fresh translations of the texts
  • Bold and authoritative interpretations
Hermeneia must be regarded as the premier biblical commentary series in the English-speaking world today. While some other biblical commentary series have suffered from the uneven quality of the contributions, the individual volumes of Hermeneia are notable for their uniformly high caliber. The quality of scholarship throughout is first-rate. The Hermeneia commentaries have set a standard of excellence in biblical interpretation that future series will be hard-pressed to meet.

The Catholic Biblical Quarterly

Hermeneia is offered to us just at the right moment, just as scholarship has reached a summation of a whole period of critical reflection. These commentaries, for the foreseeable future will be the benchmark and reference point for all future work. The series offers the very best available.

Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

The Hermeneia commentaries are an excellent series, featuring many notable twentieth-century biblical scholars. Taken together Hermeneia represents some of the best recent biblical scholarship . . . I have no hesitation in recommending them for students.

Morna D. Hooker, Lady Margaret’s Professor Emeritus of Divinity, University of Cambridge

Hermeneia is the great and successful enterprise to link together European and American exegetical traditions, methods, and insights. It is a must in every theological study in Europe.

—Eckart Otto, emeritus professor of Old Testament, University of Munich

Hermeneia has established itself as one of the leading international technical commentary series. The depth and breadth of the various authors’ grasp both of historical context and of contemporary literature make the volumes an unsurpassed resource for background, informing critique, insightful exegesis, and often stimulating exposition. Serious students of biblical texts will want to consult Hermeneia and where possible to have the relevant volumes close to hand.

James D. G. Dunn, Lightfoot Professor Emeritus of Divinity, University of Durham

For the study of both the Old and the New Testament the Hermeneia series has made its mark. The series should be welcomed by all scholars, students, pastors, and educated layfolk who are eager to learn more about the meaning of the Word of God.

Joseph A. Fitzmyer, emeritus professor of biblical studies, The Catholic University of America

The Hermeneia commentary series is a distinguished contribution to New Testament scholarship. Some of its earlier volumes represent classic positions that must be taken into account by all other interpreters. The newer volumes enrich the usefulness of the series for serious scholars.

Luke Timothy Johnson, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament, Emory University

The Hermeneia series has established itself among the most useful tools available for biblical research, whether by professionals or by laypersons. These commentaries present solid scholarship . . . fresh, even venturesome interpretations . . . the books are a pleasure to use.

—Wayne A. Meeks, Woolsey Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Yale University

  • Title: Hermeneia Upgrade 3
  • Series: Hermeneia
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 1,460
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2 Chronicles: A Commentary

  • Author: Ralph W. Klein
  • Editor: Paul D. Hanson
  • Series: Hermeneia
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 592

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This volume completes Ralph Klein’s magisterial commentary on 1 and 2 Chronicles. Klein incorporates the breakthroughs of the last half-century of research. He shows that the Chronicler used a text of Kings significantly different from the Masoretic Text; argues that the Chronicler’s departures from the historical picture of Kings result from a distinctive theological agenda for fourth-century Judah; and explores the contours of that message—what it meant to live faithfully, to participate in temple and worship life, in the absence of political independence.

Ralph W. Klein is Christ Seminary–Seminex Professor of Old Testament at The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He is the author of Textual Criticism of the Old Testament: The Septuagint after Qumran, Israel in Exile: A Theological Interpretation, 1 Samuel (Word Biblical Commentary), Ezekiel: The Prophet and His Message, and 1 Chronicles (Hermeneia).

Paul D. Hanson, editor, is the Florence Corliss Lamont Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of numerous works including The Dawn of Apocalyptic and The People Called.

2 Maccabees: A Critical Commentary

  • Author: Robert Doran
  • Editor: Harold W. Attridge
  • Series: Hermeneia
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 388

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The second-century BCE Maccabean revolt against Seleucid oppression was a watershed event in early Jewish history and 2 Maccabees is an important testimony to the revolt and its aftermath. Robert Doran’s commentary on 2 Maccabees explores the interplay between history and historiography in the document. Providing detailed philological analysis of the elegant Greek of the text, Doran carefully sifts the evidence for the historicity of the events recounted, while giving full attention to the literary and rhetorical qualities that mark this dramatic narrative.

Robert Doran is Samuel Williston Professor of Greek and Hebrew at Amherst College. Born in Australia, he holds advanced degrees from Harvard Divinity School, The Pontifical Biblical Institute, and the Angelicum in Rome. His professional specialties are works from Late Second Temple Judaism, particularly those written in Greek, and Christian holy men and women in Late Antiquity.

Harold W. Attridge is dean of Yale University Divinity School and Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament. His books include Hebrews in the Hermeneia series.

Luke 3: Commentary on 19:28–24:53

  • Author: François Bovon
  • Editor: Helmut Koester
  • Translator: James E. Crouch
  • Series: Hermeneia
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 480

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François Bovon’s commentary on the Gospel of Luke is justly renowned for its combination of judicious historical and literary treatment of the Evangelist’s context and for its theological sensitivity, informed by the wealth of the Christian interpretative tradition. Luke is clearly writing history in the manner of his Hellenistic and Jewish contemporaries, but Bovon insists he remains as well “a theologian of the Word of God.” This volume is the third of a three-volume work (based upon Bovon’s four volumes in the German EKK series) and represents the author’s careful revision and updating of the German original.

François Bovon is Frothingham Professor of the History of Religion at Harvard Divinity School. His publications have appeared in French, German, and English; his English-language books include Luke the Theologian and New Testament Traditions and Apocryphal Narratives. He is also coeditor of Exegesis: Problems of Method and Exercises in Reading.

Helmut Koester is John H. Morison Research Professor of Divinity and Winn Research Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and chair of the New Testament Board of the Hermeneia commentary series. He is editor of numerous volumes in the Hermeneia series as well as Cities of Paul: Images and Interpretations from the Harvard New Testament and Archaeology Project and author of Paul and His World: Interpreting the New Testament in Its Context.

James E. Crouch is the author of The Origin and Intention of the Colossian Haustafel. He is also the translator of both volumes on Matthew in the Hermeneia commentary series.


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