Friday, July 16, 2010

The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible: Answering Questions, Planning Dates, and Filling in Contributors

As seems to be the consensus, I have so far greatly enjoyed and appreciated the ongoing releases in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible. I have been reading through the Pentateuch over the last six months, and I had Ephraim Radner to accompany me through Leviticus and now David Stubbs through Numbers, both of whom were and are wonderful and insightful guides through those thick texts. And of course, my man Jenson released his impressive commentary on Ezekiel last year, the writing of which he says nearly killed him, but, in any case, will help me through those difficult textual waters in the next couple months.

Because of the impressive scope and substance of the series so far, I have been looking for a definitive list of every contributor to the series for every biblical book, and have yet to find one. Below you will find what I have pieced together so far -- much of which is listed on Brazos's website, but there have been some changes in the last few years, and there still seems to be a few gaps, namely in the Minor Prophets.

Areas in blue are books already or to be released by the end of 2010; red means I don't know who is writing that commentary; orange entails a specific question in need of an answer. I'm also looking for any updates to seminary/university transitions that have yet to show up in the academic locations.

By comment or email, if you happen to have information on any of these matters, please send them this way! And by all means, if you know when any of these will be coming out in the future, enlighten us -- in four years, only 14 commentaries have been published out of a potential 45-50 total, meaning we may have a decade or more to await the rest!

Old Testament

Genesis – R.R. Reno (Creighton)
Exodus – John Behr (St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary)
Leviticus – Ephraim Radner (Wycliffe, Toronto)

Numbers – David Stubbs (Western)
Deuteronomy – Telford Work (Westmont)
Joshua – John Franke (Biblical Theological Seminary)
Judges – Laura A. Smith (Calvin College)
Ruth and Esther – Stephen Fowl (Loyola) and Samuel Wells (Duke)
1 Samuel – Francesca Aran Murphy (Notre Dame)
2 Samuel – ???????
1 & 2 Kings – Peter Leithart (New Saint Andrews)
1 & 2 Chronicles – Scott Hahn (St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology)
Ezra & Nehemiah – Matthew Levering (Dayton)
Job – David Burrell (Notre Dame)
Psalms – Ellen Charry (Princeton)
Proverbs and Ecclesiastes – Daniel Treier (Wheaton)
Song of Songs – Paul Griffiths (Duke)
Isaiah – ???????
Jeremiah – Kevin Vanhoozer (Wheaton)
Lamentations – ???????
Ezekiel – Robert Jenson (Center of Theological Inquiry)
Daniel – George Sumner (Wycliffe)
Jonah – Phillip Cary (Eastern)
Other Minor Prophets: Hosea Joel Amos Obadiah Micah Nahum Habakkuk Zephaniah Haggai Zechariah Malachi – ???????

New Testament

Matthew – Stanley Hauerwas (Duke)
Mark – John Michael McDermott (Pontifical College Josephinum)
Luke – David Lyle Jeffrey (Baylor)
John – Bruce Marshall (SMU)
Acts – Jaroslav Pelikan (Yale)
Romans – David Yeago (Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary)
1 & 2 Corinthians – Bernd Wannenwetsch (Oxford) and Brian Brock (Aberdeen)
Galatians – Kathryn Greene-McCreight (clergy)
Ephesians – John Webster (King's College, Aberdeen)
Philippians – George Hunsinger (Princeton University)
Colossians – Christopher Seitz (Wycliffe, Toronto)
1 & 2 Thessalonians – Douglas Farrow (McGill)
1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Jude – Risto Saarinen (Helsinki)
Hebrews – David Bentley Hart // Is Hart still writing this one?
James – Timothy George (Beeson, Samford)
1 & 2 Peter – Douglas Harink (King’s University College)
1 & 2 & 3 John – Michael Root (Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary)
Revelation – Joseph Mangina (Wycliffe, Toronto)


  1. Great resource here. The series hasn't been without serious criticism from within the academy, but I tend to think we are better off for seeing these diverse minds tested by theological interpretation than not having tried at all.

    Anyway, as an aside, I believe that Greene-McCreight is clergy of some sort and thus not teaching full time as a least, I believe this was the case the last time I sat in the audience of a panel she chaired at SBL.

  2. John,

    Do you know which commentaries other than Hauerwas's have received heavy criticism? I know about his, but my interactions with the others don't display the kind of weaknesses (or at least openings for criticism) that the Matthew volume displayed. And anyway, I'm always suspicious of critiques that miss the point and aim of a series altogether, which is why I agree that we are better off with them.

    Thanks for the note on Greene-McCreight -- I could only find references to being clergy, but wasn't sure even then *where* she is priest/pastor/rector at the moment.

  3. David Congdon had some significant criticisms of the Pelikan volume.

    When Hauerwas was speaking here a few years ago on the Sermon on the Mount, I recall him mentioning that he took on the job not realizing how difficult writing a commentary really was... I think that sentiment pretty well reflected what John says above, that "we are better off for seeing these diverse minds tested by theological interpretation".

  4. Thanks for the link, Evan. Reading that was helpful -- Pelikan's Acts is one of the only ones I've yet to be able to look through. (And I always feel behind the curve with blog posts pre-September 2008, when I started RT, so I missed David's hyper-prolific period.)

  5. I'm pretty sure Wannenwetsch is now writing his commentaries with Brian Brock from Aberdeen (or at least one of the epistles - I saw Brian present on the first few chapters of their work here at King's earlier this year).

  6. Hauerwas's recent autobiography also sheds light on what it was like to write the commentary on Matthew. Thanks for this list!

  7. Ann Astell, who you have as a question on Psalms, is at Notre Dame rather than Purdue as of a couple years ago. I'm not actually sure if she's on Psalms at this point. I remember hearing that she was doing one (I thought of her own), but I can't remember which now. I'll try to find out.