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Jeremy Brannon

Anchor Logo Like the best-selling Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, the Anchor Yale Bible Commentary is notable for the broad range of its contributors. Top Protestant, Catholic and Jewish scholars have all brought their skills to bear on the Old and New Testaments, as well as the Apocrypha. The founders of this project, William F. Albright and Professor David Noel Freedman, aimed to assemble scholars from different theological perspectives, and the massive resulting commentary is “accessible not only to scholars but also to the educated nonspecialist.”

In addition to theological breadth, the AYBC is notable for offering each author’s personal translation of the book each volume focuses on. Most commentary sets include the text of a single established English translation (as the NAC and the NIVAC do with the NIV text), but the AYBC offers what is essentially a “new” translation from its diverse scholarship. In Accordance, this means the ability to search the words of the Bible translation with the Translation field, without interference from the rest of the content.

As well as the Translation and a thorough Introduction, many of the volumes of the AYBC have not one but two sets of verse-level comments. One is Textual Notes, which focuses more on text-critical and linguistic details of the text. The other is Notes, which is more general commentary on the verse at hand. Most volumes also feature a broader Comments section that examines the passage as a whole instead of at the verse-level. The Accordance module allows for the user to scroll the AYBC in parallel with a favorite Bible Text, or to read it in a separate pane.

Several Bible books are covered over the course of multiple volumes. This speaks to the depth of the scholarship represented in the AYBC. Milgrom’s three-volume commentary on Leviticus is an enormous work of scholarship, and is much easier to carry around in Accordance! And interestingly, commentators Baruch Levine and Jacob Milgrom are also featured in the JPS Torah Commentary, with Levine on Leviticus and Milgrom on Numbers.

This long-awaited set of commentaries features the work of such noted scholars as Joseph Fitzmyer, Markus Barth, Raymond Brown, Craig Koester, and Luke Timothy Johnson. The OT and NT works in this AYBC set are frequently referenced by many of the authors of the other Accordance commentaries we have already released. Replete with the authors’ personal translations, Textual Notes and Comments, this commentary set will be one you’ll want to refer to as well.

If you’re gathering background information on a passage you’re teaching from, you can use Accordance to scroll along in parallel with a favorite Bible Text. You can cite a passage from the author’s comments using Copy as Citation, while writing an academic paper. Accordance takes all of the valuable information in the AYBC and makes it even more accessible and useful in your Bible study.

See this recent review in Themelios.


Old TestamentAnchor-Gen Cover

Once all 60 volumes are release, this commentary set will cover the entire Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and Apocrypha with the exception of Deuteronomy 12-34. As the Anchor Yale Bible Commentary is a particularly large set of commentaries, we’ll be adding the Old Testament volumes in installments as we complete them. Currently released OT volumes are indicated below with the asterick (*) notation.

  • Genesis (Vol. 1) by E.A. Speiser (1964) *
  • Exodus 1-18 (Vol. 2) by William H.C. Propp (1998) *
  • Exodus 19-40 (Vol. 2A) by William H.C. Propp (2006) *
  • Leviticus 1-16 (Vol. 3) by Jacob Milgrom (1991) *
  • Leviticus 17-22 (Vol. 3A) by Jacob Milgrom (2000) *
  • Leviticus 23-27 (Vol. 3B) by Jacob Milgrom (2000) *
  • Numbers 1-20 (Vol. 4) by Baruch A. Levine (1993) *
  • Numbers 21-36 (Vol. 4A) by Baruch A. Levine (2000) *
  • Deuteronomy 1-11 (Vol. 5) by Moshe Weinfeld (1991) *
  • Joshua (Vol. 6) by Robert G. Boling (Intro by G. Ernest Wright) (1995) **
  • Judges (Vol. 6A) by Robert G. Boling (2005) **
  • Ruth (Vol. 7 ) by Edward F. Campbell, Jr. (2003) **
  • I Samuel (Vol. 8) by P. Kyle McCarter, Jr. (1995) **
  • II Samuel (Vol. 9) by P. Kyle McCarter, Jr. (1984) **
  • I Kings (Vol. 10) by Mordechai Cogan (2001) **
  • II Kings (Vol. 11) by Mordechai Cogan and Hayim Tadmor (1988) **
  • I Chronicles 1-9 (Vol. 12) by Gary N. Knoppers (2004) **
  • I Chronicles 10-29 (Vol. 12A) by Gary N. Knoppers (2004) **
  • II Chronicles (Vol. 13) by Jacob M. Myers (1995) **
  • Ezra, Nehemiah (Vol. 14) by Jacob M. Myers (1995) **
  • Esther (Vol. 7B) by Carey A. Moore (1995) **
  • Job (Vol. 15) by Marvin H. Pope (1965) ***
  • Psalms I (1-50) (Vol. 16) by Mitchell Dahood (1995) ***
  • Psalms II (51-100) (Vol. 17) by Mitchell Dahood (1995) ***
  • Psalms III (101-150) (Vol. 17A) by Mitchell Dahood (1970) ***
  • Proverbs 1-9 (Vol. 18A) by Michael V. Fox (2000) ***
  • Proverbs 10-31 (Vol. 18B) by Michael V. Fox (2009) ***
  • Ecclesiastes (Vol. 18C) by Choon-Leong Seow (1997) ***
  • Song of Songs (Vol. 7C) by Marvin H. Pope (1995) ***
  • Isaiah 1-39 (Vol. 19) by Joseph Blenkinsopp (2000) ****
  • Isaiah 40-55 (Vol. 19A) by Joseph Blenkinsopp (2002) ****
  • Isaiah 56-66 (Vol. 19B) by Joseph Blenkinsopp (2003) ****
  • Second Isaiah (Vol. 20) by John L. McKenzie (1969) ****
  • Jeremiah 1-20 (Vol. 21A) by Jack R. Lundbom (1999) ****
  • Jeremiah 21-36 (Vol. 21B) by Jack R. Lundbom (2004) ****
  • Jeremiah 37-52 (Vol. 21C) by Jack R. Lundbom (2004) ****
  • Lamentations (Vol. 7A) by Delbert R. Hillers (1972) ****
  • Ezekiel 1-20 (Vol. 22) by Moshe Greenberg (1983) ****
  • Ezekiel 21-37 (Vol. 22A) by Moshe Greenberg (1995) ****
  • The Book of Daniel (1-9) (Vol. 23) by Louis F. Hartman; (10-12) by Alexander A. DiLella (2005) ****
  • Hosea (Vol. 24) by Francis I. Andersen and David Noel Freedman (1996)
  • Joel (Vol. 24C) by James L. Crenshaw (1995)
  • Amos (Vol. 24A) by Francis I. Andersen and David Noel Freedman (1989)
  • Obadiah (Vol. 24D) by Paul R. Raabe (1996)
  • Jonah (Vol. 24B) by Jack M. Sasson (1995)
  • Micah (Vol. 24E) by Francis I. Andersen and David Noel Freedman (2006)
  • Nahum (Vol. 24F) by Duane Christensen (2009)
  • Habakkuk (Vol. 25) by Francis I. Andersen (2001)
  • Zephaniah (Vol. 25A) by Adele Berlin (1994)
  • Haggai, Zechariah 1-8 (Vol. 25B) by Carol L. Meyers and Eric M. Meyers (2004)
  • Zechariah 9-14 (Vol. 25C) by Carol L. Meyers and Eric M. Meyers (1998)
  • Malachi (Vol. 25D) by Andrew E. Hill (1998)
  • Wisdom of Ben Sira (Vol. 39) by Alexander A. Di Lella and Patrick W. Skehan (1995)
  • Judith (Vol. 40) by Carey A. Moore (1995)
  • Tobit (Vol. 40A) by Carey A. Moore (1996)
  • I Maccabees (Vol. 41) by Jonathan A. Goldstein (1976)
  • II Maccabees (Vol. 41A) by Jonathan A. Goldstein (1995)
  • I & II Esdras (Vol. 42) by Jacob M. Myers (1995)
  • The Wisdom of Solomon (Vol. 43) by David Winston (1979)
  • Daniel, Esther, and Jeremiah: The Additions (Vol. 44) by Carey A. Moore (1995)

* - Released February 2014
** - Released April 2014
*** - Released May 2014
**** - Released August 2014

New TestamentAnchor NT Cor

Upon the release of all 26 volumes, this commentary set will cover the entire New Testament with an additional second edition of First Corinthians.

  • Matthew (Vol. 26) by W.F. Albright and C.S. Mann (1995) (* SEE NOTE BELOW)
  • Mark 1-8 (Vol. 27) by Joel Marcus (2002)
  • Mark 8-16 (Vol. 27A) by Joel Marcus (2009)
  • Luke I-IX (Vol. 28) by Joseph A. Fitzmyer (1970)
  • Luke X-XXIV (Vol. 28A) by Joseph A. Fitzmyer (1985)
  • John I-XII (Vol. 29) by Raymond E. Brown (1995)
  • John XIII-XXI (Vol. 29A) by Raymond E. Brown (1970)
  • Acts of the Apostles (Vol. 31) by Joseph A. Fitzmyer (1998)
  • Romans (Vol. 33) by Joseph A. Fitzmyer (1993)
  • First Corinthians (Vol. 32 - 2nd Edition) by Joseph A. Fitzmyer (2008)
  • I Corinthians (Vol. 32) by William F. Orr and James A. Walther (1976)
  • II Corinthians (Vol. 32A) by Victor Paul Furnish (2005)
  • Galatians (Vol. 33A) by J. Louis Martyn (2004)
  • Ephesians 1-3 (Vol. 34) by Markus Barth (1974)
  • Ephesians 4-6 (Vol. 34A) by Markus Barth (1998)
  • Philippians (Vol. 33B) by John Reumann (2008)
  • Colossians (Vol. 34B) by Markus Barth and Helmut Blanke (Translated by Astrid B. Beck) (2005)
  • Letters to the Thessalonians (Vol. 32B) by Abraham J. Malherbe (2004)
  • First and Second Letters to Timothy (Vol. 35A) by Luke Timothy Johnson (2001)
  • Letter to Titus (and Intro to Pastoral Epistles) (Vol. 35) by Jerome D. Quinn (2005)
  • Letter to Philemon (Vol. 34C) by Joseph A. Fitzmyer (2000)
  • Hebrews (Vol. 36) by Craig R. Koester (2001)
  • Letter of James (Vol. 37A) by Luke Timothy Johnson (2005)
  • 1 Peter (Vol. 37B) by John H. Elliott (2001)
  • 2 Peter, Jude (Vol. 37C) by Jerome H. Neyrey (1994)
  • Epistles of John (Vol. 30) by Raymond E. Brown (1995)
  • Revelation (Vol. 38) by J. Massyngberde Ford (1995)

* Due to a licensing agreement issue, the Matthew volume has been removed from the Anchor-NT module release (May 14, 2014). This volume will again become available once a settlement on electronic rights has been reached. Users who purchased Anchor-NT prior to this date can rightfully retain their copy of the Matthew volume. Other users will receive the Matthew volume with a free future update.

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