Nineteenth-century German theologians Carl Friedrich Keil and Franz Delitzsch wrote one of the most popular and extensive commentaries on the Old Testament. Today their Commentary on the Old Testament is still held in esteem by conservative theological circles for its rigorous scholarship and sound theological judgment. Beginning with the nature and format of the Old Testament, this evangelical commentary examines historical and literary aspects of the text, as well as grammatical and philological issues. Hebrew words and grammar are used, but usually in context, so you can follow the train of thought.
The Keil and Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament is the 1996 revised edition from Hendrickson. While the content is unchanged, it features a number of enhancements to the text. Arabic has been transliterated, biblical references have been changed from Roman to Arabic numerals and long paragraphs have been broken into shorter ones so that the work is easier to read.
Please note: All ten volumes are contained in one resource.
“The clause as it stands affirms that their dying has no pangs, i.e., it is a painless death;” (Volume 5, Page 488)
“The reason is to be found rather in the fact, that Abel’s thanks came from the depth of his heart, whilst Cain merely offered his to keep on good terms with God,—a difference that was manifested in the choice of the gifts, which each one brought from the produce of his occupation. This choice shows clearly ‘that it was the pious feeling, through which the worshiper put his heart as it were into the gift, which made the offering acceptable to God’ (Oehler); that the essence of the sacrifice was not the presentation of a gift to God, but that the offering was intended to shadow forth the dedication of the heart to God.” (Volume 1, Pages 69–70)
“This last is the most natural: everything he takes in hand he brings to a successful issue (an expression like 2 Chron. 7:11; 31:21, Dan. 8:24). What a richly flowing brook is to the tree that is planted on its bank, such is the word of God to him who devotes himself to it: it makes him, according to his position and calling, ever fruitful in good and well-timed deeds and keeps him fresh in his inner and outward life, and whatsoever such an one undertakes, he brings to a successful issue, for the might of the word and of the blessing of God is in his actions.” (Volume 5, Page 50)
“The heart is the central seat of all spiritual soul-strength; to love God with the whole heart is to concentrate the whole inner life on the active contemplation of God, and the ready observance of His will. God requites such as show regard to Him, by making plain their path before them, i.e., by leading them directly to the right end, removing all hindrances out of their way.” (Volume 6, Page 63)
This series is one of great importance to the biblical scholar, and as regards its general execution, it leaves little or nothing to be desired.
A more valuable commentary for the 'theological students and scholars,' for whom it is exclusively intended, than the one contained in these volumes, does not exist in English.
The authors are among the most accomplished of living Hebraists, and Delitzsch is, in addition, a man of fine historical imagination, and of clear spiritual vision.
A more important contribution than this series of commentaries has, we think, never been presented to English theological students.
Very high merit, for thorough Hebrew scholarship, and for keen critical sagacity, belongs to these Old Testament commentaries. No scholar will willingly dispense with them.
From a pretty careful study of his commentaries we have come to the conclusion that for painstaking fidelity, extensive and thorough knowledge, and capacity to enter into the spirit of the writer he is busy with, there are few commentators so competent as Keil.
In Delitzsch's work we find the same industrious scholarship which is of acknowledged worth, and the same conscientious exegesis which is always worthy. No book could be treated with more pains than by this writer, and none could be examined more thoroughly—every phrase, every word, every syllable showing the utmost interest and research of the commentator.
Keil and Delitzsch's Commentary on the Old Testament is a classic of the nineteenth century. It is popular with conservatives because of its theology. But its sharp insights mean it is by no means just conservatives who find it helpful—it is not uncommon, for example, to see it cited in the bibliography of an academic study. It is therefore welcome that Hendrickson have made it available in a lightly corrected version.
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Carl Friedrich Keil (1807–1888) was a conservative German evangelical theologian and commentator. From 1839–1858 he taught Bible, New Testament exegesis, and Oriental languages at the University of Tartu, in Dorpat, Estonia. Though most known for his Old Testament commentaries, Keil also published commentaries on the Maccabees and New Testament literature.
Franz Delitzsch (1813–1890) was a German theologian and Christian Hebraist. He taught theology at the University of Rostock, University of Erlangen, and University of Leipzig. He wrote numerous commentaries on Christian apologetics, books of the Bible, Jewish antiquities, and biblical psychology, but is best-known for his translation of the New Testament into Hebrew.