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Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash (3 vols.)

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The product of a collaboration between Hermann Strack and Paul Billerbeck, Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash is truly one of a kind. Strack and Billerbeck painstakingly gathered materials from the Talmud and Midrash that help explain the faith, perspectives, and practices of the Jews during the life of Christ and the period of the early church. Going through each New Testament book verse by verse, Strack and Billerbeck reference passages from the Midrash and the Talmud to show not only how they informed the opinions of the experts in the audience, but how centuries of teaching from those sources would have informed the popular understanding of what was being said or done in a particular verse or section.

Though much work has been done on Second-Temple Judaism since Strack and Billerbeck published this work, nothing has come close to replacing it. It is the seminal and standard reference work in this area of research. If you want to learn about the Jewish worldview at the time of Christ, you must have Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrash in your library.

The Logos edition of Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash is completely indexed, giving near-instant access to any word or reference. The Scripture references are linked to your preferred Bible translation and appear on mouseover. Greek, Latin, and Hebrew words link to the language tools in your library, allowing you to access basic lexical information with a simple right-click.

A New Approach to Translation Projects

Lexham Press is pleased to announce the first-ever English translation of Hermann Strack and Paul Billerbeck’s Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch. Using the Pre-Pub process for this project allows us to invest resources in translating Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch only if there is sufficient demand. These books, previously available only to specialists, will soon be accessible to everyone. As the scope of the project becomes clearer, the price might increase, such as when we announce the translator and begin the work of translation. That means users who pre-order the earliest—with the fewest details available—will get the best price.

Volumes 2 & 3 are scheduled to ship on November 3, 2021. Volume 1 will ship once it is complete.

Interested in having these volumes in the original German? Check out the original Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch.

Key Features

  • Commentary-style collection of Rabbinic literature related to the New Testament
  • Extensive index
  • Introduction by the authors
  • Available in English for the first time


This reference work is unique in the entire world. It is the only work that has ever compiled, verse by verse, such extensive background quotations from Jewish literature around the time of Christ for every passage in the New Testament. But until now, it was only available in German.
With this resource in English, we no longer have to depend on commentators who confidently claim (sometimes incorrectly), “The rabbis at the time of Christ taught this or that,” because now all the relevant quotations from this vast and diverse rabbinic literature can be quickly found here in one place – and in English rather than the original Hebrew. Every pastor, every New Testament scholar, everyone interested in first century history, and every library, should have this work. It will greatly enrich our understanding of the historical setting in which Jesus and the apostles lived and taught, and deepen our understanding of how Jesus is the true Jewish Messiah, and enrich our understanding of the New Testament itself.

—Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary

Product Details

  • Title: Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash
  • Authors: Hermann Strack and Paul Billerbeck
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 2,835
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Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash, vol. 1

  • Authors: Hermann Strack and Paul Billerbeck
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 1,072

Volume one contains an English translation of the commentary on the Gospel of Matthew.

Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash, vol. 2

  • Authors: Hermann Strack and Paul Billerbeck
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 886

Volume two contains an English translation of the commentary on the Gospel of Mark, the Gospel of Luke, the Gospel of John, and the Acts of the Apostles.

Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash, vol. 3

  • Authors: Hermann Strack and Paul Billerbeck
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 877

Volume three contains an English translation of the commentary on Romans through Revelation.

About Hermann Strack

Hermann Strack (1848–1922) was born in Berlin. He studied Talmudic and Rabbinic literature under the Jewish scholar Moritz Steinschneider. Most of Strack’s contemporaries considered him the foremost Christian authority on Talmudic and Rabbinic literature. In 1883, Strack founded the Institutum Judaicm, an organization focused specifically on the conversion of Jews to Christianity. Two years later, he became editor of Nathanael. Zeitschrift für die Arbeit der Evangelischen Kirche an Israel. In 1877, Strack became the assistant professor of Old Testament exegesis and semitic languages at the University of Berlin.

About Paul Billerbeck

Paul Billerbeck (1853–1932) was born in Bad Schönfliess on April 4, 1853. Before his retirement in 1914, Billerbeck served as a pastor in Zielenzig and Heinerdorf. Billerbeck was also heavily involved in missionary work in Berlin, where he was engaged in the evangelism of Jews living in Germany. Billerbeck was educated at Greifswald and Leipzig.


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  1. Edwin Estuardo Medrano



    Can I suggest that Logos advertise this prepub? This is an extremely important resource and I had no idea that Logos was working on a version of it. Given the interest in the Judeo Christian understanding of the NT the interest is there. If you were to let more people know about this I think you would see more interest in it. Additionally, I've seen Logos make certain products popular because Logos decides they are important and market it until they get the interest needed. This is an invaluable resource for students, academics and others. Please don't let this fall to the wayside. Thank you for all that you do!

    Amazing commentary! Go Logos, go !!!

  4. Heuijuyun



    When i get this one? Why so late?

  5. Terri



    Is there any update on the status of this work? Any idea of when it will be finished/started? Just anything??

  6. Thierry Guillemin
    I'm afraid the publication may not be as interesting as it may seem at first view because of its age. If we don't know the developments for the study of Jewish writings since the beginning of last century, more particularly the critics made to the compilation, and are not able to discern what still stand and what has been abandoned by scholars since the publication of the books, it may just give us an inexact vision and exegesis... An interesting article to read could be:

  7. Greg Luecht

    Greg Luecht


    I have noticed that this work's production status has reverted back to a red "gathering interest" line from "almost there". Does anyone know of an explanation for this??

  8. John T Reagan

    John T Reagan


    What an undertaking! Logos, you're doing a great job. Wish it was in my budget. For now it will go in my wishlist.

  9. Zae k  kim

    Zae k kim


    Dear Sir : "very urgent message " I have sent at least 3 message regarding my previous order of title "Commentary of the New Testament of Talmud and Midrash" 3 volume $159'95 paid.At this point ,please make sure that I would like to get printed books format instead !!. As I repeatedly mentioned to you I haven't get digital books at all of above ! Please send me as I desired above mentioned the printed books as soon as possible for me !. From start, I would expect and thought printed ones.! But you said only digital ! You misinformed Me ! I am looking forward hear from you soon. Sincerely,

  10. Chris Garrett
    I just ordered this on pre-pub. Can't wait for it to be translated.

  11. Bruce Cullom Sr.
    I just ordered this resource on pre-pub, and then noticed that some of the comments here are over 4 years old. Will this resource ever become available?

  12. Andrew



    Is David Instone-Brewer's Traditions of the Rabbis from the Era of the New Testament ( essentially an updated version of this resource?

  13. jose arriaga

    jose arriaga


  14. Abel C. Pol

    Abel C. Pol


    Does anyone know whether this will be hyperlinked to the references in the NIDNTTE, as these refer to the German? If the English is not hyperlinked, then we are all better off buying the German original as well, so that at least we can open the German and then switch to the English.

  15. Hannu K. Saloranta
    In original German paper version of S. &B. Thera are 4203 pages.

  16. Brett Miller

    Brett Miller


    been waiting quite some time, Logos, can you give us a sense of pub date?

  17. Into Grace

    Into Grace


    Isn't this a public domain work? Why does Logos have a publication date of 2013? Should not this resource be on community pricing?

  18. Benjamin Snyder

    Benjamin Snyder


    If one is going to use these volumes it is worth taking into consideration the cautions raised by Samuel Sandmel on pages 8-11 of his article... "Parallelomania." JBL 81 (1962): 2-13.

  19. G. Jorge Medina
    Anyone know the total number of pages?

  20. Dr Ursula Williams
    I wish there were more books and commentaries of this sort. It would also be nice to hear from the Jewish side and not only from the Christian side. I have learned from experience that Jews do not think the way we do and their writings cannot be easily understood. I appreciate the Talmud but a Jewish one would even be greater.

  21. David S. Daniels
    Every biblical exegete should desire to know the context in which Jesus and the Apostles lived. We need this resource! Please, let's have a groundswell of interest to get the work into production and available for use.

  22. David Roberts

    David Roberts


    Let's just hope that enough people want it for logos to go ahead with it. Remember that the most important thing to understand the scriptures is context, and since the Messiah and the Apostles were Jewish, it makes sense to understand the background in which the New Testament was written.

  23. Donovan R. Palmer
    Awesome resource. Can't wait until this is out!

    Glad to finally see this work translated into English. I can't wait! Bring it!

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  26. winti



    This is a great choice!!! This is a long awaited series! I never thought that will be issued in English.


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