Answered By: Lisa Setters
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2015     Views: 7528

A critical commentary:

  • Is based on the Greek text
  • Was published in the last 40 years or so
  • Has a large bibliography and footnotes
  • Often has a translation of the original text
  • Focuses on narrower areas of the text (such as a book or a few books that can be grouped together like the Johannine Epistles)
  • They also tend to have a significant portion of their text devoted to behind-the-text issues, like the composition of the book, history of interpretation, text-critical issues, etc. These issues usually get their own chapter.

Examples of critical commentaries include:

  • Anchor
  • Word
  • Baker Exegetical
  • NICNT
  • NIGNT

This is in contrast to commentaries based on the English text, homiletical and/or devotional commentaries which would NOT be considered critical.

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