Hermeneia is unique in its quality of scholarship, critical approach, and full-length commentary. 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 full critical discussion of each problem of interpretation and the primary data upon which the discussion is based. The authors make full use of ancient Semitic and classical languages along with English translations of all comparative materials—Greek, Latin, Canaanite, or Akkadian.
Now, Logos is pleased to offer this upgrade collection, which features the three most recent releases! This collection includes the commentary on Matthew 1-7 by Ulrich Luz, the commentary on Mark by Adela Yarbro Collins, and the new commentary on Acts by Richard I. Pervo. Anchored by a renowned board of editors, the monumental Hermeneia project has, over the last forty years, produced some of the most authoritative and influential commentaries on the Bible in the English-speaking world. These latest volumes are no exception.
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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.
—Michael L. Barre, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly
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—Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus, 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.
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The birth narrative, the baptism and temptation of Jesus, the beginnings of his Galilean ministry, and the Sermon on the Mount are all brilliantly illumined by Ulrich Luz's expert textual and historical-critical analysis and theological commentary. Luz brings special attention to the subsequent history of Christian appropriation of Matthew in homiletical and artistic interpretation, and addresses the terrible legacy of Christian anti-Judaism. This volume completes Luz's 3-volume commentary on the Gospel of Matthew in the Hermeneia series. A translation of the earlier German edition of Matthew 1-7 appeared in Fortress Press's Continental Commentary series. The text has been thoroughly revised and updated.
The textual engagement is astute, the theological exploration is insightful, and the history of interpretation material is unmatched.
Ulrich Luz was born in 1938, and he studied theology in Zürich and Göttingen under Hans Conzelmann, Eduard Schweizer, and Gerhard Ebeling. He taught at the International Christian University in Tokyo (1970–1971), at the University of Göttingen (1972–1980), and at the University of Bern in Switzerland (1980–2003). Now he is professor emeritus. He received honorary degrees from the universities of Leipzig, Budapest, Sibiu, Lausanne, Praha, and Nishinomiya and served as president of the Societas Novi Testamenti Studiorum in 1998. He is the author of numerous books, including Das Geschichtsverständnis des Paulus (1968), Die Mitte des Neuen Testaments: Einheit und Vielfalt neutestamentlich (1983), Matthew in History: Interpretation, Influence and Effects (1994), and The Theology of the Gospel of Matthew (1995). He and his wife, Salome Keller, have three children.
Professor Adela Yarbro Collins brings to bear on the text of the first Gospel the latest historical-critical perspectives, providing a full treatment of such controversial issues as the relationship of canonical Mark to the "Secret Gospel of Mark" and the text of the Gospel, including its longer endings. She situates the Gospel, with its enigmatic portrait of the misunderstood Messiah, in the context of Jewish and Greco-Roman literature of the first century. Her comments draw on her profound knowledge of apocalyptic literature as well as on the traditions of popular biography in the Greco-Roman world to illuminate the overall literary form of the Gospel.
The commentary also introduces an impressive store of data on the language and style of Mark, illustrated from papyrological and epigraphical sources. Collins is in constructive dialogue with the wide range of scholarship on Mark that has been produced in the twentieth century. Her work will be foundational for Markan scholarship in the first half of the twenty-first century.
Adela Yarbro Collins is the Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at the Yale University Divinity School. She studied science and humanities at the University of Portland in Oregon and Salzburg, Austria; religion and history at Pomona College in Claremont, California; and New Testament, philosophy, and theology at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen, Germany. She received the Ph.D. in the Study of Religion (New Testament and Christian Origins) at Harvard University. From 1973 until 1985, she taught at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois; from 1985 to 1991 in the Theology Department of the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana; and at the University of Chicago Divinity School from 1991 to 2000. Since 2000, she has been at the Yale Divinity School. She is the author of The Combat Myth in the Book of Revelation (1976); Crisis and Catharsis: The Power of the Apocalypse (1984); The Beginning of the Gospel: Probings of Mark in Context (1992); and Cosmology and Eschatology in Jewish and Christian Apocalypticism (1996). She has also edited four books and served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, the Journal of Religion, Biblical Interpretation, and the Journal for the Study of the New Testament.
The Acts of the Apostles joins the Gospel of Luke with the ministry of Paul. Renowned New Testament scholar Richard I. Pervo shows how this masterful storyteller worked his magic, drawing on first-century literary techniques of narration and characterization. Luke's literary skills did not prevent scribes from re-writing his masterwork, however, the textual tradition of Acts is among the most intriguing of the documents of the New Testament, and is a focus here.
Elegantly written, Pervo's commentary provides a compelling interpretation of Acts in the context of Hellenistic literature and the emerging Christian movement, Readers will rediscover the "profit with delight" that was the ideal of ancient story-tellers.
Richard I. Pervo, born 1942 in Lakewood, Ohio, received his B.A. from Concordia College, Fort Wayne, Indiana; his B.D. from the Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and his Th.D. from Harvard University. He taught at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois, from 1975 to 1999, and at the University of Minnesota from 1999 to 2001. His specialization has been the interaction of early Jewish and Christian writings with ancient fiction. Previous books on Acts include Profit with Delight: The Literary Genre of the Acts of the Apostles (Fortress, 1987), Luke’s Story of Paul (Fortress, 1990), (with Mikeal Parsons) Rethinking the Unity of Luke and Acts (Fortress, 1993 [reissued 2007]), and Dating Acts: Between the Evangelists and the Apologists (Polebridge, 2006).