On the Writing of New Testament Commentaries

Festschrift for Grant R. Osborne on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday


The essays in On the Writing of New Testament Commentaries discuss historical, hermeneutical, methodological, literary, and theological questions that shape the writing of commentaries on the books of the New Testament. While these essays honor Grant R. Osborne, they also represent the first sustained effort to systematically address commentary writing in the field of New Testament studies.

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Biographical Note

Stanley E. Porter, Ph.D. (1988), McMaster Divinity College, is President and Dean, and Professor of New Testament. He has published monographs and essays on the New Testament, Greek language and literature, and hermeneutics, including Verbal Aspect in the Greek of the New Testament (Lang, 1989) and Hermeneutics: An Introduction to Interpretive Theory (Eerdmans, 2011).

Eckhard J Schnabel, Ph.D. (1983), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, is the Mary E. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies. He has published monographs and essays on the New Testament, including Early Christian Mission (InterVarsity Press, 2004) and Der Erste Brief des Paulus an die Korinther (R. Brockhaus, 2006).

Review Quotes

"As much as this collection of essays offer a helpful and useful “state of the union” on the writing of New Testament commentaries, the essays
also reveal how commentaries serve as an excellent test case regarding the ongoing diversity within the study of the Christian (and Hebrew?) Bible." – Edward W. Klink III, in: Review of Biblical Literature (2014) [ www.bookreviews.org]

Table of contents

Part I: Commentaries and Exegesis

1. Eckhard J. Schnabel – On Commentary Writing
2. Stanley E. Porter – Linguistic competence of New Testament commentaries
3. Craig L. Blomberg – Genre in Recent New Testament Commentaries
4. Douglas J. Moo – Translation in New Testament Commentaries
5. Douglas S. Huffman – Historical Competence of New Testament Commentaries
6. Craig A. Evans – The Historical Jesus and New Testament Commentaries

Part II: Commentaries and the Hermeneutical Task

7. Richard S. Hess – The Use of the Old Testament in New Testament Commentaries
8. D. A. Carson – The Hermeneutical Competence of New Testament Commentaries
9. Daniel I. Block – Who do Commentators say “the Lord” is? The Scandalous Rock of Romans 10:13
10. David W. Pao – The Ethical Relevance of New Testament Commentaries: On the Reading of Romans 13:1-7
11. Robert W. Yarbrough – The Pastoral Relevance of Commentaries
12. Walter L. Liefeld – The Preaching Relevance of Commentaries
13. Scott M. Manetsch – (Re)constructing the Pastoral Office: Wolfgang Musculus’s Commentaries on 1 & 2 Corinthians

Part III: Commentaries and theology

14. Kevin J. Vanhoozer – Theological Commentary and ‘The Voice from Heaven’: Exegesis, Ontology, and the Travail of Biblical Interpretation
15. Daniel J. Treier – Christology and Commentaries: Examining and Enhancing Theological Exegesis
16. Linda L. Belleville– Christology, the Pastoral Epistles and Commentaries

Part IV: Commentaries on the Gospels, on the Epistles, and on Revelation

17. Darrell L. Bock – Commentaries on the Synoptic Gospels: Traditional Issues of Introduction
18. Stanley E. Porter – Commentaries on Romans
19. Scot McKnight ¬– Commentaries and James
20. Lois K. Fuller Dow – Commentaries on Revelation

Part V: Commentaries and publishers

21. Daniel G. Reid – Commentaries and Commentators from a Publisher’s Perspective


New Testament scholars, and all interested in the history and practice of commentary writing.

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