May 20, 2014 Graham Buck

New Interpreter's Bible Now Available

We here at Accordance take pride in what we do. Every project becomes something of a labor of love. As the developer who labored to bring it to you, it is with parental pride that I get to introduce you to the newest commentary offering from Accordance: The New Interpreter’s Bible — Old Testament & Apocrypha volumes.

Vol 01 cover If you're unfamiliar with this highly regarded series allow me to introduce you.

When it was first published in 1951, The Interpreter’s Bible was the first whole bible commentary to appear in over 50 years, and it quickly established itself as a standard commentary series for pastors and professors alike. With sales of nearly three million copies one can see that it was no simple flash in the pan. However, like most things scholarly, 40 years after its initial publication, a revisiting and revising was warranted. The New Interpreter's Bible successfully brings the scholarship up to date and makes the theological reflections more relevant to a contemporary audience.

Here are the contents of the Old Testament and Apocrypha volumes:

  • Vol. 1: General Articles on the Bible; General Articles on the Old Testament; Genesis; Exodus; Leviticus (1994)
  • Vol. 2: Numbers; Deuteronomy; Introduction to Narrative Literature; Joshua; Judges; Ruth; 1 & 2 Samuel (1998)
  • Vol. 3: 1 & 2 Kings; 1 & 2 Chronicles; Ezra; Nehemiah; Esther; Additions to Esther; Tobit; Judith (1999)
  • Vol. 4: 1 & 2 Maccabees; Introduction to Hebrew Poetry; Job; Psalms (1996)
  • Vol. 5: Introduction to Wisdom Literature; Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Song of Songs; Book of Wisdom; Sirach (1997)
  • Vol. 6: Introduction to Prophetic Literature; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Baruch; Letter of Jeremiah; Lamentations; Ezekiel (2001)
  • Vol. 7: Introduction to Apocalyptic Literature; Daniel; Additions to Daniel; Hosea; Joel; Amos; Obadiah; Jonah; Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk; Zephaniah; Haggai; Zechariah; Malachi  (1996)

There is a nice consistency to the format of this commentary series. Each book is broken down into relevant pericopes, ranging in length from several chapters to just one verse—whatever the context calls for. Within each of these sections there will be relevant Overview material if needed, the Commentary proper, and a series of theological Reflections on that section.

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I have found in reading through this series that the Reflections are not simply an afterthought to the exegetical enterprise. Rather, as General Editor Leander E. Keck writes in the Introduction to the series:

[T]he NIB regards exegesis and reflection as two foci in an ellipse.

True to form, the NIB lithely shifts focus from text critical, to literary critical, to historical critical, to hermeneutical, to devotional as the need arises. No matter if you are looking for some quick information on a passage or are looking to dive deep into secondary literature (there are over 3,100 discrete external links to other resources in the Accordance library and the chapter on Ezekiel alone has nearly 1500 footnotes!), you will be sure to find something profitable to your endeavor.

Finally, like all Accordance commentaries you can tie the NIB to any Bible text of your choosing, or open it in a parallel pane within the text’s tab, and keep your text and commentary scrolling in sync with one another. You can powerfully narrow your searches down by using any of the 12 searchable fields we defined for this commentary set, use the Copy As Citation to include full bibliographic information in your academic papers, or simply follow the footnote citation trail deep down the rabbit hole of primary source material.

The Accordance edition of the New Interpreter’s Bible takes all that is great about the print edition and makes it available quickly and easily at the tips of your fingers. Trust me, your back (and your wallet) will thank you.

And be on the lookout for the New Testament volumes. They will be coming soon…

The OT and Apocrypha volumes are available now ... get the remaining NT volumes as a free upgrade as soon as they are completed.

List Price for 12 Volumes: $799.00

Our Price: $599.00

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