Regula Fidei Commentaries

Scot McKnight has announced that he is the general editor of a new commentary series to be based on the NIV 2011 translation. The series “will focus on explaining the New Testament books in the context of the Bible’s Story and discerning how to ‘live the Story’ in our world today.” It sounds similar to what Zondervan did with the NIVAC series but will surely have a different structure.

Mike Bird mentions that Joel Willitts of North Park University will be authoring the Galatians volume. Willitts has only published a couple of articles on Galatians, both dealing with the connection between the OT and Galatians:

Willitts, Joel. “Context Matters: Paul’s Use of Leviticus 18:5 in Galatians 3:12.” Tyndale Bulletin. 54:2 (2003): 105-122.

Willitts, Joel. “Isa 54,1 in Gal 4,24b–27: Reading Genesis in Light of Isaiah.” Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der älteren Kirche. 96:3/4 (2005): 188-210.

6 responses to “Regula Fidei Commentaries

  1. How can you do a commentary on a text we know will be flawed

    • Probably using his flawed mind and flawed knowledge based on flawed materials and faulty exegesis rooted in a flawed hermeneutic. I’m not sure if you are suggesting that there are unflawed translations or whether you think the as set not even produced NIV 2011 will be flawed more than average. The TNIV never had a commentary based on its translation. Obviously Zondervan is making clear from the beginning that the 2011 version will have all their weight behind it and will replace the NIV.

      • Several of the recent NICNT volumes are based on the TNIV (including McKnight’s James and Fee’s Thessalonians, I believe), and I think Fee’s Pentecostal Commentary on Galatians also is, along with the earliest volumes of the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary (which will switch to the NIV 20011 for the volumes that can do so).

      • I think some of the most recent Pillar volumes have used the TNIV also.

  2. This doesn’t sound like much of a commentary (or series) to me; just regular book ideas. I’m disappointed, although I may read in case there are some good insights for application.

    • Are you familiar with the NIV Application Commentary? It has a section on the original context, a bridging section and then attempts to apply the text to our contemporary situation. This sounds similar although Bird likens it to a “Blue Parakeet” commentary.

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