The good folks at InterVarsity Press sent along a review copy of Ezekiel, Daniel, Volume XII in the Reformation Commentary on Scripture series, edited by Carl L. Beckwith (Ph. D., University of Notre Dame). This latest addition to the series was preceded by Reading Scripture with the Reformers, written by series general editor Timothy George and Galatians, Ephesians, Volume X in the Reformation Commentary on Scripture series, edited by Gerald L. Bray (Ph.D., La Sorbonne).
Series editor, Timothy George says, “The biblical revolution of the sixteenth century was an explosive event that shook the foundations of the church and called all Christians ad fontes—back to the sources! The Reformation Commentary on Scripture brings many of these sources, some for the first time, into the hands of today’s preachers and laity. My prayer is that this new series will encourage a fresh engagement with the primary sources of the Christian faith, and that this will result in the kind of God-centered Reformation that shook the world of Luther and Calvin.”
The Reformation Commentary on Scripture (RCS) follows on the heels of and is a sequel of sorts to the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (ACCS). (Learn more about ACCS on CD-ROM from my review here: LINK.) When complete, RCS will span twenty-eight volumes, bringing together the writings of both well-known and obscure preachers, scholars and reformers of the sixteenth-century. The stated goals for the series are:
- Renewing contemporary biblical interpretation by bringing to light Reformation-era biblical interpretation.
- Strengthening contemporary preaching through exposure to the biblical insights of the Reformation writers.
- Deepening understanding of the Reformation and the breadth of perspectives represented within it.
- Advancing Christian scholarship in the fields of historical, biblical, theological and pastoral studies
About this Volume:
“In Ezekiel, Daniel, the latest volume in the Reformation Commentary on Scripture series, the startling and intense imagery, visions and oracles of the Old Testament Hebrew prophets are explored through the eyes of the church Reformers. These unnerving stories and apocalyptic pronouncements were especially captivating to the Reformers as they strove to view their circumstances through the lens of the Bible.
Volume editor Carl L. Beckwith brings together for the first time the voices of Luther, Calvin and Melancthon, as well as many lesser-known thinkers, to allow us to understand why the books of Ezekiel and Daniel were so crucial in the Reformation-era revolution in preaching and interpreting the Bible. This volume creates a window into the biblical, theological and pastoral minds of the Reformers as they engage the texts, providing new, deeper insights into these important and familiar passages.”
(Excerpted from the Ezekiel, Daniel, Volume XII Press Kit)
Notable recommendations for the Series:
“For folks interested in reception history and historical theology, these volumes are sheer gold, and Bray’s first offerings sets a high standard. The general introduction by Timothy George introduces both the series and the various schools of Reformed exegesis like Luther/Wittenberg, Strasbourg/Basel, Zurich group, Genevan school, British Reformation, and Anabaptists and alone is worth the price of the book.”
—Michael Bird, Euangelion, January 2012
“I am delighted to see the Reformation Commentary on Scripture. The editors of this series have done us all a service by gleaning from these rich fields of biblical reflection. May God use this new life for these old words to give him glory and to build his church.”
—Mark Dever, senior pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, and director of 9Marks.org Ministries
“Discerning the true significance of movements in theology requires acquaintance with their biblical exegesis. This is supremely so with the Reformation, which was essentially a biblical revival. The Reformation Commentary on Scripture will fill a yawning gap, just as the Ancient Christian Commentary did before it, and the first volume gets the series off to a fine start, whetting the appetite for more. Most heartily do I welcome and commend this long overdue project.”
—J. I. Packer, Board of Governors Professor of Theology, Regent College
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