The Forms of the Old Testament Literature Commentary Series, published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, aims to present a form-critical analysis of every book and each unit of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament according to a standard outline and methodology. The FOTL commentaries are fundamentally exegetical, attempting to understand the biblical literature from the viewpoint of a particular set of questions. Each volume in the series gives account of the history of the form-critical discussion of the material in question, attempts to bring consistency to the terminology for the genres and formulas of the biblical literature, and exposes the exegetical procedure in such a way as to enable interpreters to engage in their own analysis and interpretation. It is hoped, therefore, that the audience will be a broad one, including not only biblical scholars, but also students, pastors, priests, rabbis, and lay readers, who are engaged in biblical interpretation.
The project has currently produced seventeen volumes, including Genesis, with an Introduction to Narrative Literature (George W. Coats); Exodus 1-18 (George W. Coats); Numbers (Rolf P. Knierim and George W. Coats); 1 Samuel (Antony F. Campbell, S.J.); 2 Samuel (Antony F. Campbell, S.J.); 1 Kings, with an Introduction to Historical Literature (Burke O. Long); 2 Kings (Burke O. Long); 1-2 Chronicles (Simon J. De Vries); Ruth, Esther, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Canticles, with an Introduction to Wisdom Literature (Roland E. Murphy); Psalms, Part 1, with an Introduction to Cultic Poetry (Erhard S. Gerstenberger); Psalms, Part 2, Lamentations (Erhard S. Gerstenberger); Isaiah 1-39, with an Introduction to Prophetic Literature (Marvin A. Sweeney); Ezekiel (Ronald M. Hals); Daniel, with an Introduction to Apocalyptic Literature (John J. Collins); Hosea (Ehud Ben Zvi); Micah (Ehud Ben Zvi); and Minor Prophets, Part 2 (Michael H. Floyd).
Volumes in preparation include Exodus 19-40 (Rolf P. Knierim); Leviticus (Rodney R. Hutton); Deuteronomy (Frederick G. Tiffany); Joshua (Robert L. Hubbard, Jr.); Judges (Serge Frolov); Ezra, Nehemiah (Kent H. Richards); Isaiah 40-66 (Roy F. Melugin); Jeremiah (Richard D. Weis); Amos (Gene Tucker); and Joel, Obadiah, and Jonah (Mignon R. Jacobs).
Rolf P. Knierim is Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at
Claremont School of Theology and Avery Professor of Religion Emeritus at Claremont Graduate University.
Marvin A. Sweeney is General Editor of
Hebrew Studies: A Journal Devoted to Hebrew Language and Literature;
Professor of Hebrew Bible at Claremont School of Theology;
and Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University.