Hermann L. Strack and Paul Billerbeck’s Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash, originally published between 1922 and 1928, is an important reference work on understanding the New Testament in light of contemporary Jewish thought. Originally published as Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch, it has been unavailable in English until now. This first-ever English translation brings the work to a new audience.
The commentary walks through each New Testament book verse by verse, referencing passages from the Midrash and the Talmud and showing their relevance for situating the Bible in its cultural background. While much research has been done on Second Temple Judaism since this work, nothing has come close to replacing it. This is truly an essential resource for academics, students, and pastors.
Volumes 3 is scheduled to ship on November 3, 2021. Volume 1 & 2 will ship once they are complete.
Interested in having these volumes in the original German? Check out the original Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch.
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
Hermann Strack (1848–1922) was a German Orientalist and theologian. He studied rabbinics under Jewish-Bohemian scholar Moritz Steinschneider. Strack founded the Institutum Judaicum, an organization focused on the conversion of Jews to Christianity, and was a critic of the growing anti-Semitism in his day.
Paul Billerbeck (1853–1932) was a German Lutheran minister and scholar of Judaism. Billerbeck was heavily involved in missionary work in Berlin, where he was engaged in the evangelism of Jews living in Germany.
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