Ezekiel (SCM Theological Commentary on the Bible) Hardcover – 9 Jun 2009
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Robert W. Jenson (DrTheol, University of Heidelberg) is former senior scholar for research at the Center of Theological Inquiry. He is the author of On Thinking the Human: Resolutions of Difficult Notions and coeditor (with Carl Braaten) of Christian Dogmatics.General Editor
R. R. Reno (PhD, Yale University) is associate professor of theology at Creighton University. He is the coauthor of Heroism and the Christian Life and has published essays in First Things and Pro Ecclesia. Projected volumes in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible include
Stephen Fowl (Loyola College, Maryland) and Samuel Wells (Duke University) on Ruth & Esther
Ellen Charry (Princeton Theological Seminary) and Anne Astell (Purdue University) on Psalms
Paul Griffiths (Duke Divinity School) on Song of Songs
Kevin Vanhoozer (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) on Jeremiah
David Lyle Jeffrey (Baylor University) on Luke
Bernd Wannenwetsch (University of Oxford) on 1 & 2 Corinthians
Kathryn Greene-McCreight (St. John's Episcopal Church, New Haven, CT) on Galatians
John Webster (King's College, University of Aberdeen) on Ephesians
George Hunsinger (Princeton Theological Seminary) on Philippians
Christopher Seitz (University of St. Andrews) on Colossians
Timothy George (Beeson Divinity School, Samford University) on James --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible enlists leading theologians to read and interpret scripture creedally for the twenty-first century, just as the church fathers, the Reformers, and other orthodox Christians did for their times and places. Ezekiel, like each commentary in the series, is designed to serve the church--through aid in preaching, teaching, study groups, and so forth--and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible."Robert Jenson brings to the interpretation of Ezekiel years of theological study, a deeply Trinitarian vision, and an ability to read the Bible as Christian scripture. That combination vivifies the dry bones of much standard biblical exegesis and illumines what is surely one of the strangest of biblical books."--Gilbert Meilaender, Valparaiso University "Here is a faithful Christocentric reading of Ezekiel that sits happily alongside this Jewish reader's cherished volume of Moshe Greenberg's commentary on Ezekiel. Jenson's Christocentric reading is also a deep reading of this text, drawing up dimensions of form and force and meaning that will also serve the rabbinic reader: not because of any leveling or syncretism, but because, once drawn up, these dimensions may then be drawn forward in their different ways by the differing communities of rabbinic and Christian readers."--Peter Ochs, University of Virginia General editor: R. R. Reno (Creighton University)
Series editors: Robert W. Jenson (Center of Theological Inquiry)
Robert Louis Wilken (University of Virginia)
Ephraim Radner (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto)
Michael Root (Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary)
George Sumner (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
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Based on these criteria, reading through Mr. Jenson's commentary has been a fruitful adventure. In the intro, he explains that he is a systematic theologian and brings that sort of thinking to his book. Most of the really thorny issues regarding free will, God's punishment of His own people, what does the OT mean when saying people will live or die, responsibility for sin (individual or communal), the purposes of God in history, etc. are dealt with somewhere in Ezekiel. Mr. Jenson makes these issues clear (not resolving them or providing some sort of neat answer ... but making the dilema and difficulty of understanding God's ways clear). He often brings to bear the thinking of christians past such as Luther or Augustine or Origen. Other passages of scripture which either confirm or seem to conflict with Ezekiel are pointed out and discussed. Differences in thinking between the western church and eastern church are sometimes discussed.
The writing style is clear, if somewhat academic. His vocabulary includes a few words from his scholar's tool box, but since the book is on Kindle it is very simple to look up the definition.
In summary, reading this commentary was well worth my time and definitely helped me think through the messages of Ezekiel more deeply and clearly. I'm not a pastor or teacher, but I think this commentary would be quite helpful in preparing sermons.
This is the fourth commentary I've read in the Brazos series, and I've benefitted from all. Since the publisher is putting out Kindle editions of these, I'll likely end up owning all of them (over time).
A quick note on the Kindle format - the Kindle format commentaries combined with the free YouVersion Bible app has probably tripled the amount of time I can spend studying, reading, and meditating on scripture. I've got 30 english bible translations, mulitple reading plans easily helping me keep my places, and a growing commentary and reference library all in my pocket everywhere I go. Amazing.
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