Featuring a comprehensive introduction and careful commentary on every major section of the text, with an analysis of structure, genre, setting, and intention, this new volume will be a valuable aid to scholars, students, and preachers.


This volume is the seventeenth published in the series Forms of the Old Testament Literature (FOTL). The following foreword complements the forewords to volumes published thus far.

The reader will realize a difference between the chronological sequence in which the individual volumes appear and their positions in the order of the commentary. That is because the publication of the volumes depends on the working schedules of the individual contributors, which are also influenced by their participation in the ever-widening range of research. The order of the volumes in the commentary follows the sequential order of the books in the Protestant Churches, even where on occasion more than one biblical book is treated in the same volume or where two volumes are used for one biblical book. Excepted from this order are the books of Job, Proverbs, Ruth, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes/Qoheleth, and Esther, whose combined treatment under “Wisdom Literature” is already published in volume XIII. The commentary on Lamentations likewise appears in volume XV on Psalms, Part 2.

An international, inter-confessional, and eventually inter-religious team of scholars contributes to the project, originally launched by Knierim and Tucker almost four decades ago. Its membership has changed and expanded over the years. After many years as Co-Editor together with Knierim, Tucker relinquished his position after his retirement from the Candler School of Theology. Sweeney, since 1994 Professor at the Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University, has succeeded Tucker as Co-Editor of the series.

During the early stages of deliberations, it had become clear that the project should not be a handbook about the results of the work of form-criticism, including method and exemplification. Nor should it be an encyclopedia of the identified genres and their settings in their typical societal traditions. These aspects are already on record through the results of the history of the discipline originally — and appropriately — called form-history (Form Geschichte) rather than form-criticism. The expression “form criticism” is retained in this commentary only with the conscious implication that form criticism involves . . .

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