Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
(To Be) Published in 2008
ISBN 9780310244028 (James)

Review by Kevin Stern

Timed for a launch at SBL/ETS in November, Zondervan releases the first in its series of Exegetical Commentaries on the New Testament. The opening volume on James is written by Craig Blomberg and Mariam Kamell (with Clinton Arnold as general editor). I’m an avid commentary reader and not easily impressed, but this series presents some great scholarship. Several volumes are already on my wish list.

Here’s the series list:

  • Matthew- Grant R. Osborne
  • Mark- Mark L. Strauss
  • Luke- David E. Garland
  • John- I. Howard Marshall
  • Acts- Eckhard J. Schnabel
  • Romans- Frank Thielman
  • 1 Corinthians- Paul Gardner
  • 2 Corinthians- Bruce W. Winter
  • Galatians- Thomas R. Schreiner
  • Ephesians- Clinton E. Arnold
  • Philippians- George H. Guthrie
  • Colossians & Philemon- David W. Pao
  • 1 & 2 Thessalonians- Gary S. Shogren
  • 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus- Gregory K. Beale
  • Hebrews- Douglas J. Moo
  • James- Craig L. Blomberg and Mariam Kamell
  • 1 Peter- Michael J. Wilkins
  • 2 Peter & Jude- Robert W. Yarbrough
  • 1-3 John- Karen H. Jobes
  • Revelation- Buist M. Fanning III

As impressive as the list of authors is, my real excitement is in the format for the series. Too often commentators treat the details, but give no help with the flow of the passage. Each section in this series begins with a Literary Context that connects the material to passages before and after. There  is also a one or two sentence statement of the main idea of the section and an exegetical outline. The structure sections help you understand the internal structure of the passage as well. This helps immensely in sermon preparation and helps you think through a passage.

Something I’ve never seen before in a commentary but instantly like is the way the author’s translation is organized. The passage is broken down into a phrase-by-phrase outline. The main clause is in bold print and pushed left; subordinate clauses are indented. Those trying to diagram sentences have a ready outline each with an interpretive label to tell the function of the phrase. Those preaching and teaching the text can see the passages in a quick, easy format that helps with exposition and understanding.

The Explanation section clearly separates verses by putting the English text in bold type, then follows it with the Greek text. Speaking of Greek – for those a little rusty on their language, each mention of Greek is preceded by an English translation, so although the commentary has depth, it isn’t intimidating. The commentary is thorough but also to the point. The explanations had limited interaction with other writers, using them for quick explanations rather than cataloging adherents of various views.

The Theology in Application section which closes each passage provides a helpful summary of the theology. The applications in the James volume didn’t suffer from the often forced applications in the NIVAC volumes. You also felt it more of an extension of the exposition. At the end of the book was a summary of the major themes.

I’m now planning room on my shelves for this set of commentaries. One look at the format and authors in this series will soon have it rise to the top of many lists.


3 thoughts on “Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

  1. Pingback: New Arrival: Matthew ZECNT « The Book Blog

  2. Exactly how much time did it acquire you to publish “Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament The
    Book Blog”? It includes an awful lot of really good advice.

    Thank you ,Shana

  3. Pingback: Announcing James by Craig L. Blomberg and Mariam J. Kamell | Zondervan Academic Blog | Zondervan Academic

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