Welcome back to the Eerdmans Tournament of Books, where we’re pitting Eerdmans books head to head in a variety of fun competitions — each champion determined solely by your votes.

Today’s competition:

Most Valuable Commentary Series

We know that today’s event is a rather far leap from yesterday’s competition.  (It is perhaps roughly parallel to the sometimes jarring segue between weightlifting and rhythmic gymnastics in a certain worldwide sporting event that shall remain unnamed.) However, when we considered the number of pastors, teachers, students, and others who love and regularly benefit from our various commentary series, we couldn’t resist.

Here then, are our contenders:

The New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT)
Series Editor: Robert L. Hubbard

NICOT

From the series description:

All of the NICOT volumes combine superior scholarship, an evangelical view of Scripture as the Word of God, and concern for the life of faith today. Each volume features an extensive introduction treating the biblical book’s authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. The author’s own translation of the original Hebrew and verse-by-verse commentary follow. The commentary itself carefully balances coverage of technical matters with exposition of the biblical text’s theology and implications.

The New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT)
Series Editor: Joel B. Green

NICNT

From the series description: 

“. . . undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God.”

This statement reflects the underlying purpose of The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Begun in the late 1940s by an international team of New Testament scholars, the NICNT series has become recognized by pastors, students, and scholars alike as a critical yet orthodox commentary marked by solid biblical scholarship within the evangelical Protestant tradition.

THOTCThe Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary (THOTC)
Series Editors: J. Gordon McConville, Craig Bartholomew

From the series description:

Two features distinguish The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary series: theological exegesis and theological reflection.

Exegesis since the Reformation era and especially in the past two hundred years emphasized careful attention to philology, grammar, syntax, and concerns of a historical nature. More recently, commentary has expanded to include social-scientific, political, or canonical questions and more.

Without slighting the significance of those sorts of questions, scholars in The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary locate their primary interests on theological readings of texts, past and present. The result is a paragraph-by-paragraph engagement with the text that is deliberately theological in focus.

Theological reflection in The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary takes many forms, including locating each Old Testament book in relation to the whole of Scripture — asking what the biblical book contributes to biblical theology — and in conversation with constructive theology of today.

THNTCThe Two Horizons New Testament Commentary (THNTC)
Series Editors: Joel B. Green, Max Turner

From the series description:

Seeking to bridge the existing gap between biblical studies and systematic theology, this distinctive series offers section-by-section exegesis of the New Testament texts in close conversation with theological concerns. Written by respected scholars, the THNTC volumes aim to help pastors, teachers, and students engage in deliberately theological interpretation of Scripture.

The New International Greek Testament Commentary (NIGTC)
Series Editors: I. Howard Marshall, Donald A. Hagner

NIGTC From the series description:

This commentary series is established on the presupposition that the theological character of the New Testament documents calls for exegesis that is sensitive to theological themes as well as to the details of the historical, linguistic, and textual context. Such thorough exegetical work lies at the heart of these volumes, which contain detailed verse-by-verse commentary preceded by general comments on each section and subsection of the text.

An important aim of the NIGTC authors is to interact with the wealth of significant New Testament research published in recent articles and monographs. In this connection the authors make their own scholarly contributions to the ongoing study of the biblical text.

PNTCThe Pillar New Testament Commentary (PNTC)
Series Editor: D. A. Carson

From the series description:

The Pillar New Testament Commentary, designed for serious readers of the Bible, seeks above all to make clear the meaning of the text of Scripture as we have it. Writers of the PNTC volumes interact with the most important, informed contemporary debate yet avoid undue technical detail.

Their ideal is a blend of rigorous exegesis and exposition, scholarship and pastoral sensitivity, with an eye alert both to biblical theology and to the contemporary relevance of the Bible.

The Eerdmans Critical Commentary (ECC)
Series Editors: David Noel Freedman†, Astrid B. Beck

ECCFrom the series description: 

The Eerdmans Critical Commentary offers the best of contemporary Old and New Testament scholarship, seeking to give modern readers clear insight into the biblical text, including its background, its interpretation, and its application.

Contributors to the ECC series are among the foremost authorities in biblical scholarship worldwide. Representing a broad range of confessional backgrounds, authors are charged to remain sensitive to the original meaning of the text and to bring alive its relevance for today. Each volume includes the author’s own translation, critical notes, and commentary on literary, historical, cultural, and theological aspects of the text.

Which of these valuable commentary series should be our champion? Vote now!

(Since we necessarily had to leave out from our field of contenders several of our many other sets and series, if you want to write in a commentary series you think we should have included but didn’t, please go ahead. We’ll allow it!)

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