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Paperback / softback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of Pages: 716
For over one hundred years, the International Critical Commentary series has held a special place among works on the Bible. It has sought to bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis - linguistic and textual no less than archaeological, historical, literary and theological-with a level of comprehension and quality of scholarship unmatched by any other series. No attempt has been made to secure a uniform theological or critical approach to the biblical text: contributors have been invited for their scholarly distinction, not for their adherence to any one school of thought. The first paperback editions to be published cover the heart of the New Testament, providing a wealth of information and research in accessible and attractive format.
One of the values of the ICC volume is Best s subtle and wise handling of the evidence and his care to leave issues in the hands of the reader. One gains the impression of sitting in Professor Best s study with him as he ponders each side of an issue, along with the various interpretive options, before then leaving the decision between interpretations to his conversation partner. For scholarly readership, this is supremely helpful, and the more one uses the ICC volume the more one comes to appreciate its subtlety. Best s ICC volume is a model of historical-critical scholarship and a great contribution to that series. Review of Biblical Literature, 8/04--Timothy Gombis "Review of Biblical Literature "