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Single-volume New Testament Commentaries are longer and more in-depth than NT introductions or footnotes, but shorter than commentaries on one given NT book. Single-volume commentaries typically highlight particular themes or concerns.
The Oxford Bible Commentary by John Barton; John MuddimanThe Oxford offers both theological and historical understandings. Line-by-line comments. Primarily non-denominational, historical-critical in approach. Favors context. Short-essay introductions to books and subjects. Online available.
Harpercollins Bible Commentary by MaysComments on the NT as scripture, literary classic, historical document. Sectioned into essays on context, by-NT-book essays, and running commentary. Cross-referenced with HarperCollins NT Dictionary. Produced within SBL organization.
The Queer Bible Commentary by Deryn Guest; Robert E. Goss; Mona West; Thomas BohacheScholars and pastors comment and focus on portions of NT books that have particular relevance for readers interested in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. Treated issues include: construction of gender and sexuality, reification of heterosexuality, lesbian and gay ancestry within the Bible, transgendered voices of the prophets, use of the NT in contemporary political, socio-economic and religious spheres and the impact upon lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Commentators draw on feminist, queer, deconstructionist, utopian theories, the social sciences and historical-critical discourses, often from lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender perspectives of NT interpretation. Helpful bibliography.
Hermeneia Series: A Critical and Historical Commentary on the BibleAll non-English terms are translated, but not transliterated (Greek, etc. throughout). This series makes serious demands of its readers and expects advanced students. Though focused on historical concerns broadly, the methods employed and goals of analysis will vary significantly from book to book. Entire commentaries may be translated into English from previous French or German commentaries originally written for other commentary series.
New International Commentary on the New TestamentThis series weds Reformed theology with generally accepted, modern historical scholarship. True to its intent, the series foregrounds theology and confines philology (including much non-English text!) and other critical matters to footnotes.
International Critical CommentaryThis series has almost completed two “cycles,” one begun in the late-nineteenth century, the other in the 1970s. Mostly historical and theological concerns. While the intended audience is general, ancient languages creep in.
Ancient Christian Commentary on ScriptureArranged like a traditional commentary, this series presents ancient Christian comments on Biblical texts (all translated). Because ancient writers were not bound to editorial standards, each individual “comment” varies drastically from the last. Think of this collection as a bulletin board or forum.
The New Interpreter's Bible CommentaryDesigned for preachers, teachers, and general students of the Bible. Unites practical and homiletic concerns with exegetical scholarship (often with multiple sets of comments on the same passage). Several publications “cycles” exist; older versions include material now of lesser interest, such as comparisons with KJV translations.