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The Historical Writings: Fortress Commentary on the Bible Study Edition

The Historical Writings

Fortress Commentary on the Bible Study Edition

Gale A. Yee (Editor), Hugh R. Page Jr. (Editor), Matthew J. M. Coomber (Editor)


This commentary on the Historical Writings, excerpted from the Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The Old Testament and Apocrypha, engages readers in the work of biblical interpretation. Contributors from a rich diversity of perspectives connect historical-critical analysis with sensitivity to current theological, cultural, and interpretive issues.

Each chapter (Joshua through Esther) includes an introduction and commentary based on three lenses: ancient context, the interpretative tradition, and contemporary questions and challenges.

The Historical Writings introduces fresh perspectives and draws students, preachers, and interested readers into the challenging work of interpretation. 

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506415819
  • eBook ISBN 9781506415826
  • Dimensions 7.5 x 9.25
  • Pages 306
  • Publication Date September 1, 2016


Editor’s/Publisher’s Note
Introduction—The Editors
Reading the Old Testament in Ancient and Contemporary Contexts—Matthew J. M. Coomber
The People of God and the Peoples of the Earth—Hugh R. Page Jr.
Reading the Christian Old Testament in the Contemporary World—Daniel L. Smith-Christopher
Themes and Perspectives in the Historical Writings—Norman K. Gottwald
Joshua—Pekka M. A. Pitkänen
Judges—Victor H. Matthews
Ruth—Gale A. Yee
1, 2 Samuel—Hugh S. Pyper
1, 2 Kings—Gale A. Yee
1, 2 Chronicles—Alejandro F. Botta
Ezra-Nehemiah—Katherine E. Southwood
Esther—Judy Fentress-Williams